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CHAPTER FOUR. Time out of number

Karnac Books ePub

Peter Gunn*

In The Goon Show, a BBC radio comedy of the 1950s, Bluebottle, the earnest boy-scout character, asks a seemingly straightforward question: “What time is it?” If the response which Eccles, another child-like character, gives to the question is equally straightforward, it nevertheless upsets our expectations: “Err, just a minute. I’ve got it written down here on a piece of paper.” A nice man wrote the time down for me this morning.’

Why, after all this time, do we laugh? In part this has to do with our recognising that this exchange falls into a well-known genre, that of the comic double act. In such acts the one who is questioned is the funny man and the one who poses the questions to the other is the stooge. In our example Bluebottle is the innocent abroad who, by his interrogation of the funny man Eccles, functions as the stooge.

But Eccles also bears a resemblance to that creature which we call the clown. The clown is something else again. With the entry of the clown, the comic genre no longer holds; something disturbing now creeps in. The clown is absolutely certain about his position, so much so that, with his air of unconcern, he may begin to make us concerned about something regarding which, up till then, we ourselves had had the assurance of common sense.

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58. Tui / The Joyous, Lake

Jones, Peggy Karnac Books ePub

above Tu i / The Joyous, Lake

below Tui / The Joyous, Lake

above Sun / The Gentle, Wind, Wood

below Li / The Clinging, Fire

This is a complex image, and the attributes of Tui embrace the oppo-sites perhaps more explicitly than any other of the eight foundation trigrams. First, there is the lake, a boundaried area of water, not like the ocean or the collective unconscious, more like the personal unconscious. The Lake has three types of ‘movement’, evaporation into the air, where it forms clouds, seepage into the ground, where it joins the ground water (K'an) and flooding, when it is unable to accommodate an excess of water. (See Hexagrams 43, Kuai / Breakthrough, and 28, Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great.) It also has the property of reflecting the sky and whatever landscape is around it, including human beings; it is a sort of mirror. The mirroring surface is also a world on which various insects live, and one that bears boats and people. In its depths, beneath its mirror surface, other creatures live in the fallen and rotting debris. Life and death in a lake hinges on the balance between the life-giving nutrients that are stored and carried in the waters and the death-giving grip of too much life that can consume the oxygen, producing stagnation. The continual refreshing of the lake is essential for its health, either through rain or by fresh water pouring in from streams and rivers.

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Drake, John D. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Not to decide is to decide.


“John, I’d love to downshift, but I haven’t got the time even to think about it!” For many, finding time is a formidable obstacle to changing their lifestyle. Working twelve-hour days and six-day weeks doesn’t leave much time for making an important decision about cutting back, much less the necessary time for planning.

If you are trying to decide about downshifting but are so stressed out or time-pressured that getting to it seems impossible, this chapter is for you. We’ll describe steps that have worked for others in similar circumstances; I hope they will enable you to make the right decision.

If you’ve already made your decision, you can skip ahead to Chapter 5. There you will find a variety of low-risk downshifting options.

The first significant step to make downshifting a reality is to carve out sufficient time for thinking about it.

Let’s accept the fact that the time needed for deciding about downshifting is not going to be handed to you. Rather, you will need to create space to think about this life-changing step. Among the items to be considered are:

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12 Summer-Fall 1913: Loschwitz

Galina Kopytova Indiana University Press ePub

JASCHA HEIFETZ SPENT THE SUMMER of 1913 with Leopold Auer in Germany, for what was the first in a series of summer vacations spent with his professor. For many years, Auer had spent his summers in England, but in 1912 he began to vacation in Loschwitz, a charming suburb of Dresden. Auer wrote warmly of these vacations: “Loschwitz was a delightful village flanked by a green hill on the bank of the Elbe. On one side we had a view of Dresden, on the other we could look out toward the green mountains ofthe Saxon Alps.”1 Spread along both banks ofthe Elbe, Dresden was known as the “German Florence”; its world-famous gallery housed a collection of paintings by great Flemish and Italian artists. Tourists traveled great distances to visit the city. Other attractions included Zwinger Palace, Dresden Castle, and several museums. Located just two miles from Dresden, Loschwitz was one of many resorts located in the valley and was surrounded by deep picturesque gorges, green forests, and mountain streams.

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10 The Courage to Live Your Brand

McNally, David; Speak, Karl Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The personal brand you create will become a dynamic presence in your life. But to remain strong, it must be renewed every day. It must become a part of everything you do.

On some days, those objectives will be easy to achieve. On other days, you’ll face situations that will challenge your ability to stand by the sense of purpose, vision, and values you’ve chosen to center your life on. You’ll also encounter times when your brand promise will be severely challenged.

At times, your brand building will seem to be on hold—when life tries to lull you into a state of complacency, even apathy. Whether the seas are rough or calm, your brand needs to be strong enough to ride out the waves and keep moving in the direction you’ve chosen.

We want to leave you with one last concept from the brand builder’s dictionary: brand moments. Those are the times when your unique combination of roles, standards, and style will be put to the test—when you’ll have a chance to be found distinctively and consistently relevant to someone else. In those moments, your brand will shine. Or fade.

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12 Provence

Rynn, Margie FrommerMedia ePub

Lavender field, Provence

The ancient Greeks left their vines, the Romans their monuments, but it was the 19th-century Impressionists who most shaped the romance of Provence today. Cézanne, Gauguin, Chagall, and countless others were drawn to the unique light and vibrant spectrum brought forth by what van Gogh called “the transparency of the air.” Modern-day visitors will delight in the region’s culture, colors, and world-class museums. And they will certainly dine well, too.

Provence, perhaps more than any other part of France, blends past and present with an impassioned pride. It has its own language and customs, and some of its festivals go back to medieval times. The region is bounded on the north by the Dauphine River, on the west by the Rhône, on the east by the Alps, and on the south by the Mediterranean. In chapter 13, we focus on the part of Provence known as the Côte d’Azur, or the French Riviera.


691km (428 miles) S of Paris; 83km (51 miles) NW of Aix-en-Provence; 98km (61 miles) NW of Marseille

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18. Black Easter

Thomas Goodrich Indiana University Press ePub

UNLIKE THE DAY BEFORE, Sunday, April 16, 1865, broke bright and beautiful over the land. From Maine to Missouri, the dark clouds and rain that had seemingly engulfed the world gave way to warmth and sunshine. All the same, in the hearts and minds of millions, no amount of blue sky or green grass could erase the deep gloom of “Black Easter.” Across the nation, as if fleeing some great calamity, Americans crowded into churches until they could hold no more. In the president’s hometown of Springfield, the places of worship were filled to overflowing, and many pressed close to the doors and windows to hear.1

On New York Avenue in Washington, the Presbyterian church that Lincoln had attended was quickly packed, and hundreds were forced to listen from outside.2 The space where the first family normally sat was empty now, draped in black.3

“I sat . . . directly behind the vacant pew of the President,” General Lewis Parsons wrote to his mother. “The remarks and prayers of Dr. G[urley] were impressive and solemn—but nothing so solemn to me as the recollection of seeing Mr. Lincoln in the same now vacant seat when I last attended that church—His greeting then was so kind and he so full of life.”4

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III: Mindfulness and Body Awareness Practices for Appearance Struggles

Schnackenberg, Nicole Karnac Books ePub

“You have to ask yourself the question ‘Who am I?’ This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you, which is behind the mind. Solve that great problem and you will solve all other problems”

(Sri Ramana Maharshi, 1988, p. 60)

“Who says ‘I’ inside this body? Does it have an age, a size, a gender? Find this out with full devotion and attention. Now is the auspicious moment for this discovery”

(Mooji, 2014, p. 27)

Ideally, we would live in a society less obsessed with external appearances. Since we do not, these mindfulness exercises may support you in living beyond the beauty myths we are fed so prolifically. When we step outside of these societal untruths and return to the awareness of our own goodness, we are also more likely to be able to tackle any systemic issues, perhaps by exploring family-related matters or campaigning for more realistic beauty standards in wider society.

Basic awareness mediation: Self-enquiry

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Chapter 2. Understanding the therapeutic relationship: using psychoanalytic ideas in the systemic context

Karnac Books ePub

Cartnel Flaskas


This book has taken as its departure point the impoverishment of the current systemic understandings of the therapeutic relationship. I am not interested so much in developing any further critique of this absence in systemic therapy. Rather, I am looking toward ideas which may extend our understandings of the therapeutic relationship and, specifically, I want to explore some ideas from the psychoanalytic therapies that have this potential.

Systemic therapy has had an ambivalent relationship with the psychoanalytic therapies, and in many ways it has had an oppositional relationship. Though there are probably complex historical and political issues involved in this opposition, nonetheless, at a more straightforward level, it is easy to appreciate why the intra-psychic focus of analytic work has not sat comfortably with the interpersonal and relational focus of the systemic therapies.

This is not to say, of course, that there have been no intersections drawn between analytic ideas and the project of systemic therapy. The earlier collections by Helm Stierlin (1977) and John Pearce and Leonard Friedman (1980) stand out here, as do the integrative projects of Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy and Geraldine Spark (1973) and Michael Nichols (1987). From quite a different angle, Deborah Luepnitz has juxtaposed object relations therapy as meeting some of the shortcomings of a systemic frame (1988). There has been another body of work (particularly from Britain) that has emphasized the complementarity of these therapy frames (see, e.g., Byng-Hall, 1986, 1988; Campion & Fry, 1985; Crowther, 1988 ). In the Australian context, a number of recent discussions have raised the renewal of interest in analytic ideas (e.g. Gibney, 1991; Quadrio, 1986a, 1986b; Smith, Osman, & Goding, 1990) and I have also tracked around this area in different ways (Flaskas, 1989,1992,1993,1994).

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2 A Rail Road?

H. Roger Grant Indiana University Press ePub



No one knows the exact origin or date of the first railroad.1 It is probable that in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries mechanics and tinkerers in Great Britain and on the continent, especially in the German states, made the earliest developments. “Its invention, like most other valuable inventions of the present day [1829],” as an early student of railroads opined, “is the result of gradual improvement.” Fortunately, a free-flowing transfer of technology from the Old to the New World laid the foundation for the most significant invention in the development of modern society: the railroad. It mobilized, drove, and advanced the Industrial Revolution. During the Railway Age observers of the American scene likely agreed that the railroad seemed ideally suited for what Alexis de Tocqueville, that perceptive French visitor in the 1830s, called the “restless temper” found in the sprawling republic.2

Although it is impossible to date the “first” railroad, it is known that activities in Great Britain by the mid-1700s had led to the construction of widely scattered private “plateways,” “tramways,” or “waggonways” that served collieries and slate and stone quarries in England, Scotland, and Wales. These primitive affairs fit the standard definition of a railroad: an overland right-of-way with a fixed path consisting of paired wooden rails that are elevated to support self-guided vehicles on flanged wooden wheels (wheels with projecting rims or collars). For more than two centuries an assortment of Lilliputian carriers used animals (horses, ponies, mules, and oxen), gravity, human traction, and occasionally wind to propel these cars to a nearby river, canal, or tidewater port. These bulky cargoes then moved wholly or in part by water transport to their final destinations.3

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Monday, 19 January, 1903

Stein, Itzik Karnac Books ePub

As soon as Freud rang the bell, Yosef Schneersohn opened the door and let him in.

“Welcome, doctor. I am Yosef Schneersohn.”

“Thank you,” replied Freud, handing his overcoat and umbrella to the driver who had brought him.

The rain, the cold and the darkness were left behind outside. Within the pale walls of the anteroom, illuminated by a faint light, the warmth was welcoming like the affableness of the man who had received him. There was also concern in his face.

Without wasting time, the young man bade him pass to the other room in which the doctor saw a man slumped in the soft armchair, who struggled to his feet to greet him.

“Pleased to meet you, Doctor Freud, my name is Sholom Dovber Schneersohn,” said Rashab in broken German.

Sigmund Freud nodded, allowing the man to return to his chair. To his side, on a claret-coloured chair, sat his son, and it was opposite them that Freud sat, and started the conversation without further ado:

“What seems to be the problem?”

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Chapter Sixteen - “I Feel that you are Introducing a Big Problem. I Never became Human. I have Missed It”

Karnac Books ePub

Lesley Caldwell


The terms “holding”, “being”, and “illusion” form the foundations for Winnicott's consistent challenge to a one-person psychology in understanding human development. In “The theory of the parent–infant relationship”, he states: “Infants come into being differently according to whether the conditions are favourable or unfavourable. At the same time conditions do not determine the infant's potential. This is inherited…[but] an infant cannot become an infant unless linked to maternal care” (1960, p. 43, original emphasis). The infant “comes into being”; more generally, Winnicott speaks of “going on being”, described by Ogden “as a state of aliveness without reference to either subject or object” (1994, p. 169), a gloss on Winnicott's own emphasis that “In primary narcissism the environment is holding the individual, and at the same time the individual knows of no environment and is at one with it” (1954a, p. 283, original emphasis.).

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2 The Career of Ho Chi Minh to 1939

Larry H. Addington Indiana University Press ePub

The man who would become famous under the name Ho Chi Minh (“He who enlightens”), and who would also become America’s chief antagonist in America’s war in Vietnam, was born in Annam on 19 May 1890 under the name of Nguyen That Thanh. Little is known about his mother except that she was a concubine. Nguyen Sinh Sac, his father, was of peasant origins, but through assiduous study of Confucian philosophy, he had risen to the lower ranks of the mandarins and to a place at the court at Hue. The emperor’s subservience to the French led to his disillusionment, and he gave up his post at court to become an itinerant village school teacher.

Still, Ho was more fortunate than most Vietnamese in that he was enabled to pursue his formal education as far as the lyceé at Hue, though it ended there when, at age seventeen, he quarreled with a teacher and left school. After a stint as a village school teacher, he headed south to the port of Saigon, where he signed on as a stoker and cook’s helper aboard a French vessel. In signing on, he used an alias, the first of many he would use over the course of his lifetime. When he sailed from Vietnam in 1911, he would not see his homeland again for thirty years.

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Chapter 1 - I Came by it Honestly

Anshel Brusilow and Robin Underdahl University of North Texas Press ePub

I BELIEVE MY FATHER JUST looked Mr. Fleisher up in the telephone directory and asked if he could bring his son to play violin for him. Edwin A. Fleisher was a great man of music in Philadelphia. In that year, 1933, he published a list of his astounding collection of music from all over the world. He had already deeded the collection to the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Mr. Fleisher always made time for a musical child, even a five-year-old. The Jewish “Hatikvah” sufficed as my audition, and he recommended a teacher for me: William Happich.

So my father took me downtown to Brentano's bookstore on Chestnut Street. But we didn't enter the bookstore. We went in a door a few steps farther down the street, one that opened on a steep flight of stairs. These we climbed, then went around a corner, and climbed more stairs. On the third floor, we entered a room where a portrait of a stern man with wild hair faced us.

“Who's that? I don't like him.”

“That's Beethoven,” my dad said. “Someday you'll play his wonderful music.”

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CHAPTER 7 Types of Government Contract Litigation

O'Connor, Terrence M. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Against this background on lawsuits in general and lawsuits specifically against the federal government (Chapter 6), as well as differences between government contracts and contracts in general (Chapter 3), we now turn to a discussion of the two typical procurement lawsuits the government faces: protests and claims.

One of the problems with distinguishing between these two radically different types of lawsuits is the terminology used. In our everyday language, a controversy can be called many things: people protesting what’s happening, people claiming they are not being treated fairly, people disputing someone else’s conclusion. In everyday language, the terms protests, claims, and disputes are used interchangeably.

But in the procurement field, these terms are terms of art. This means that they have a special, unique meaning in procurement that is different from what they mean in everyday language.

It’s important to understand the sharp distinctions between the two main types of procurement litigation, protests and claims.

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