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Slice PDF February 05, 2015


I cut and press the five blood oranges into a jug, and sit down by the window.

Maybe the runners see me for a moment, somewhere out on the very edge of attention, as I sit drinking the blood of the oranges – a table and a glass, a heavy head.

(This is the touch of hands that weigh and balance like someone blind, who could feel colours once, and sits at the window with a glass of blood.)


If they had names once, their names are not to be spoken without a shudder; if they had faces, their faces are turned down now for good – forgotten, smeared things; nothing is left to distinguish one from another, a row of bared heads, heavy with disgrace and dishonour.

If there are words in which to remember their actions, they will not form in the mouth, and a voice alone cannot bear them.

Exposed in sleep or drink, it may be that violence rises as a sharp, sour taste in the throat, or a tension winding through muscles until it reaches some point of abandon: whatever it is takes shape in the dark, whatever form or figure appears – some crouched, famished shadow with plastery hair and the stretched lips of an enemy – the hands and will together consent in strength to its murder.

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CHAPTER TWENTY: Designing Your Process: Pulling It All Together

Slice ePub May 23, 2014

In Principles 9–12, you learned everything you need to start translating your Mission, and new Attitude into a Process – an action plan that will help you get from where you are now to where you want to be.

Each of these Principles contributes something unique – a tool, method, or approach that will increase your chances of following through to completion and success. Without knowing the power of goal setting, for example, your ambitions will lack focus. You will have a sense of the general direction in which you want to be headed, but will struggle to get there. Learning how to draw on thinking styles that enable you to approach challenges from new perspectives will increase your imaginative potential; working with your creativity will help you design a route to get to where you want to be and your motivation will need to be regularly topped up so that you don't lose heart at the first hurdle.

At this point, let's return to the exercise you completed at the start of the Process section. Think of a time now where you are living what, for you, is a life that inspires you. It doesn't have to be perfect and it certainly won't be problem-free. But it's a life in which you are living with a sense of purpose, experiencing greater levels of fulfilment and experiencing success more frequently. What's changed? How did you get there? What exactly did you do and when? What small steps paid the biggest dividends? Be as specific as you can and record your thoughts in your learning log.

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Chapter 28 Pentatonics—A Double Dose

Slice ePub May 27, 2014

Pentatonics—A Double Dose

Simply put, a pentatonic scale is any scale made up of five notes. Pentatonic scales have existed in music for thousands of years. They play a prominent role in the music of most Eastern cultures.

Here’s a pelog scale, from Java:

This Japanese pentatonic is known as a hira-joshi:

Here’s an in-sen scale, also from Japan:

Within the twelve tones of a chromatic scale there is almost an endless number of pentatonic permutations. Nevertheless, in Western music the term “C pentatonic scale” is almost always used to indicate one particular set of notes:

The most straightforward definition of this scale is expressed in terms of degrees of the major scale: 1 2 3 5 6 (1). Notice what degrees are omitted: 4 and 7. These are the notes that form the only tritone in the major scale and are responsible for defining its tonality. You could say that a C pentatonic scale is “a C major scale without a G7.” This scale is sometimes referred to as a major pentatonic to distinguish it from the minor pentatonic scale.

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Slice PDF April 24, 2015


All through the Winter these tunnel

Torpid air, desert of central heating,

Doubling men’s thirst. These live God

Knows where, and they are his creatures.

Buzz, buzz, they insist,

Flies fallen from Summer,

Jig-zagging from cupboards, appearing

At the first left toffee,

And the smoking Christmas cake.

They carry dirt, we know,

They are ugly. They cannot help it.

Aesop would have a message. Creatures are good

For our metaphorical questions

And our necessary teaching.

I will try to admire this toss of a cigarette burning,

Bringing destruction and pain

But being so dogged with it.

‘Let the flies come still,’ I say

And let no one else complain.


These claws too contain

A bad crop. The goldfinch preys on the blossom

Of apple, that froth and tide of a white

Spring wedding. The neatness, the tailor-made

Touch of his suit bespeaks a harmlessness,

A wish to please that he is stranger to.

Why must we pet the world’s destroyers?

I am not speaking of the soft-handed cream-buyers

Or the vendors of fresh liver

To fill the guts of a cat, no, I speak

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Chapter 24. The Longevity Test

Slice ePub July 14, 2014

People age biologically and chronologically. Chronological age measures the amount of time that has gone by since birth. Most of us can distinguish an elderly person from a young person. We can even categorize what age range a person might fall into. But what about a person who is sixty-five but looks as if hes only forty-five? Or a person who is eighty but functions as well as a sixty year old?

This is biological age or functional age. We all age biologically at different rates.

As we have seen throughout this book, age changes affect different parts of our bodies at different times. These age changes occur in the DNA, tissues, organs, and hormone levels, as well as in every component of the human body. This variance in our biological clock can help explain why one eighty-year-old may be able to work during the day, go bicycling in the afternoons, and garden on the weekends, exerting more youthful qualities than another eighty-year-old who may, biologically, be eighty or even ninety years old.

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