The Back Passage!Written by Thick Mick.
Some consideration must be made for many memory inconsistencies of Thick Mick. He does his best! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mick here. It was a long, long time ago. Sweden, North Europe, Scotland, Ireland, North America and Canada were part of same mainland. This mainland existed before crustal plates separated, and before Atlantic came into being. To give you a reference point in history, my great grandfather was just a young man.
I remember with joy, historical accounts he impressed on us, as we ate around a primitive butane barbeque. To clarify that, we sat around it eating, rather than eating grass and sundry bushes around it.
Well, he told us with crystal clarity how he used to cycle from Canada to Sweden in five hours, with no more than one puncture repair kit, and a bicycle, presumably. He didn't have to tell us every single detail!
The roads at time, weren't much like motorways/highways of today. Instead of quartz and limestone impregnated asphalt of today, they had a simple sandstone. Incidentally, this was readily available from Japan which was only a few hundred yards away, at time. Punctures were common place and both courtship and commerce were reliant on a high performance repair kits.
On one particular day, I recall him saying, he went for a cycle to discover new continence continents, and ended up in Venezuela or something. Feeling peckish (understandable after an eight hour cycle against wind ), he went into a burger joint. He often remarked "Burgers in Venezuela invariably have more grissle (cartilage, in English ) than venison in Boston (American, in America )".
A Moment of Magic!Written by Seamus Dolly
Laughter may or may not be a shock, relieved, but its’ therapeutic effects are recognised in most cultures. It allows a positive distractive moment or moments. When things are tough, rough, overbearing or endless, a quick laugh can help to transcend an obsessive reality.
Where could harm lie?
Where outcome is refreshment, where is loss? A few moments of production lost to relaxation, perhaps, couldn’t be considered a waste.
When a busy life is led, how could such a short reprieve be such a long loss?
It is an area of philosophy for those who like to compartmentalise, and an area of spiritualism, such is its’ power, to some who don’t need to put it anywhere.
Children are encouraged to participate in laughter, by adults, who often forget reason for it. Why is it encouraged, if unnecessary? Perhaps it is a social tool and a tool to project hope. Hope, which is spiritualism, must go some way in forgetting immediate, and sometimes immediate, needs to be forgotten.
It is probably true that most people obsess, almost to point of mental paralysis, with no major benefits. Obsession and focus can get many things accomplished, and also leave many things forgotten or overlooked. Multi-directional focus and impartiality needed to do it, cannot be done by everyone, and is therefore too much effort for too little return.
A moment to refresh and relax is generally put into boxes such as meditation, and disciplines that bring it. A grown man with a “macho” background wouldn’t (his reasons are many) or couldn’t be seen to participate in Yoga, for example only, but can easily interact with cross-platform of generally accepted, “laughter”.