Saturday, 2 April 2016
A Cough in the Park
With the sun shining, the sky blue I took my cough across to the gardens to see some Spring. This was the furthest I've roamed for weeks and it was a typical English Spring day, cold! There was warmth in the air when the wind ceased but as it failed to cease much and blew from the east it hurled a chill at those fooled into thinking it was Summer. When does Spring start and end I ask? The official date appears to vary with metrologists and various others disputing what starts when. I suppose in the UK it makes no difference anyway, it will not resemble a tropical land anytime soon.
One thing that was clear was the Englishman's desperate desire to take his clothes off! Not too bad today but all around I saw men and a few women in T-shirts when the weather was not yet warm enough for this, I helpfully coughed loudly in their direction to inform them of their next couple of weeks endurance test.
Our cretinous leaders have pulled a great one this week. Not that long ago they opposed tariffs on Chinese steel imports as George Osborne was desperate to get his hands on the Chinese cash, now said steel is flooding the market and 15,000 UK jobs will be lost. Not only but also the steel produce still made in the UK will now have tariffs of around 42% placed on it by the Chinese!
Selling the nation to the Chinese, Russians or Arabs of any type appeared to be a winner for George Osborne, now like almost everything else he touches it is falling apart. Poor George his hopes of becoming Prime Minister are fading.
How nice to see the daffodils swaying in the wind today. So many varieties of one flower were on view. The council ones were darker and brighter than those planted long ago by the gardener in what once was a school garden but individual daffs seen in a variety of gardens had various shades of yellow. None I suspect were similar to those seen by the poet that time up in the hills of the Lake District, those would be wild daffodils and not the type manipulated by green fingered peoples in greenhouses. Such a variety of yellows, as indeed there were varieties of green to be seen. Soon however the buds which have appeared will blossom and the world will smile once more.
"I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD"
I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay: 10
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood, 20
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
1804. William Wordsworth