Lefsetz on George Michael…

“Music, when done right, is undeniable. It doesn’t matter what the critics say, it doesn’t matter what you believed yesterday, it doesn’t matter what your friends have to say, you’re immediately infected, the sound just makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, makes you glad to be alive.”

Full article here – worth a read.

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The Monday Morning Quote #399

“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace?  In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself,. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimetre farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

Steven Pressfield in The War of Art

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One photograph.

This photograph of Iesha L Evans, a nurse from New York, facing the police in Baton Rouge in July this year, was inspiring and thought provoking.

Inspiring, because, like many, I would love to think that I might have her courage and dignity, but I doubt I would.

Thought provoking, because when I read of and watched the protests in the USA in the 1960s before and after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. I hoped that events like this would be considered history by the time I was in my 60s.

I was wrong. It seems that the pendulum is swinging away from my beliefs. I hope that I am wrong about that too.

In the meantime look at Iesha and take courage from her example.

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Photograph taken by Jonathan Bachman of Reuters

Here’s a link to the full story.

Analysis of the photograph.

The Monday Morning Quote #398

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Trump is exploiting the faulty mechanisms in people’s minds…

Quote of the day:

“Every which way, Trump is exploiting the faulty mechanisms in people’s minds. It feels like we are in a world where, to me, some meaningful part of the electorate is beyond reasoning with – beyond fact, anti-science. All the mental faculties that lead to human progress, they are opposed to.”

Michael Lewis interviewed in the FT.

His new book, The Undoing Project, is a treat that I have promised myself for the Christmas period.

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The Monday Morning Quote #397

“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all”

 Helen Keller

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If you’re in London on Thursday evening head for Kings.

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A smorgasbord of Dental talent.

Kishan Sheth and the KCL Dental Society join forces to bring you one of the most anticipated dental events of the year. Chaired by Dr Lewis-Greene, supported by Prof Dunne and sponsored by Henry Schein.

www.facebook.com/kcl.dentalsociety/

5.30-8.30pm

Thursday 8th December 2016

New Hunt’s House Lecture Theatre 1, Guy’s Campus, King’s College,  London

Speakers:

  • Dr Raj Ahlowalia
  • Dr Subir Banerji
  • Dr Anoop Maini
  • Dr Alun Rees
  • Dr Nilesh Parmar
  • Mr Kishan Sheth

Attendees receive 2.5 hours CPD certificates or certificates of attendance for students.

£3 donation upon entry for Evelina Children’s Hospital.

By the end of the evening we would like to have raised £1000 for this amazing cause.

Seats allocated on first come first served basis.

What’s not to like?

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