Thursday, November 21, 2013

wall, pessimism and nobility

From the archives still, a piece of wall in Sitges.  Watch this space for new inspiration as soon as I take my camera for a walk here in Tunbridge Wells.

Suspect optimism, respect pessimism. Interviewed  on the BBC 4 Programme Desert Island Disks the pianist Alfred Brendel observes last Sunday that he is a pessimist, but one who likes to be surprised.

Mis-hearing becomes quite common as I grow older. So far only the occasional oddity occurs. Switching on the radio a few minutes ago, I wonder at the potential of a "nobility scooter". A coat of arms, a fine brass hooter with a rubber bulb. Perhaps even a uniformed groom.
 

5 comments:

marja-leena said...

I like these kinds of photos, and nothing wrong being from the archives.

Optimist or pessimist, is your glass half-full or half-empty? Depends on the day for me.

The Crow said...

I believe I am a pessimist, one who loves to be proven wrong, which proof makes me, momentarily, an optimist.

I hope you and your Beloved are doing better.

Roderick Robinson said...

AB's pessimism doesn't show up in his playing, thank God. Best described as noble. Nor is he apparently cast down by the fact that his unfortunate looking face makes him a dead-ringer for the comedian Roy Hudd.

CC said...

Depends on context, whether I'm an optimist or pessimist.

Mostly I hope...but try not to have expectations.

Joe Hyam said...

M-L The wear and tear of textures whether of a human face, rock surfaces or walls is always a source of inspiration for me.

Crow Although when responding to questions I invariably accentuate the positive, I remain a pessamist who like you hopes to proved wrong. Than you for you good wishes.

RR He seems to be a wise old bird not without a sense of humour. Don't know about Roy Hudd. Thinking about it, may be you're right. I imagine however something more in his face when he concentrating on music, a special light which you often see in the eyes musicians at work.

CC Hope like Faith and Charity are to be culivated as part of an attitude. Being realistic is however more important, I guess.