All posts by Marc Latham

About Marc Latham

The Folding Mirror poetry form emerged from the haiku structure in 2007, and the first published poem by Marc Latham was in January 2008. Caroline Gill clarified the form in 2010, while Wendy Webb and the Norfolk Poets have been very supportive in publishing and publicising the form. Claire Knight and Sarah James have also been instrumental in the form's evolution.

Manchester City Millionaire

Thanks to Manchester City for promptly paying me the million pounds for winning the war of words with Mourinho before the derby with United last week, meaning they could win the football game as they should have done.

No, unfortunately the above is self-parody comedy, and I’ve got no connection with Manchester City. I didn’t win a war of words with Mourinho as there was none, as there was none between him and Guardiola, as the latter didn’t engage in it, after Mourinho seemed to start it.

I first started my own war of words with Mourinho at the start of last season inspired by other people trying to do the same with me (the Grandmaster ‘battle of wits’ reference that crossed over), to show how ‘one-sided’ battles happen.

If Manchester City had lost the derby, it would have provided ammunition for those who try to engage me in unwanted ‘battles of wit’ as I have done with Mourinho, but City  won the game.

Although I engaged Mourinho in this way mainly to show an example of a ‘one-sided’ battle he does seem to like that kind of management, which is an excuse for me to engage him in such a way.

Maybe that’s what people think about me, and of course they have the right to criticise me in a free democracy. And as Mourinho doesn’t think I’m worthy of responding to, as I’m not in the football profession, I don’t think those who try to engage me in a ‘battle of wits’ are worth bothering with either if they’re not in the professional media world.

As a Communications Studies PhD I probably could have earned a million in PR over the last decade, instead of writing here for you, and trying to achieve a classic work of literature…!

 

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Open Toffers

The title isn’t an ‘Open Sesame’ style command, but an abbreviation of ‘Open to Toff Offers’ after Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo did AAW (Adult Angelic Waifs) proud in winning this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

I could joke that it’s all down to me popularising AAWs, and her greenYgreying in the jungle, as seen in the image below.

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However, it was all down to Toff. Although I didn’t watch any of it she reminds me of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who starred on an early series of the show, providing a good image of toff women, and sadly passed away recently. I don’t know if it was mentioned on the show, but hopefully Toff’s win is a little tribute to Tara.

Toff is also recently single and apparently likes older politicians, so seems an ideal candidate at 23 for romance with me; albeit at the lower end of the 21-40 goldilocks zone.

Although I think she could be about 70% right for me, and I’m about 30% right for her, I think there’s a 0.01% – 0.05% chance of it happening, and write this from a self-parody comedy angle. So please don’t take this seriously, and consider me unfortunate or unlucky if we aren’t an item in 2018!

Enlightened Writer Shares Freethinking Genius Sparks – Ancient Sun Civilisations, Scientific Study and Modern Culture

In yesterday’s spontaneous prose stream of consciousness blog I thought little of adding that the i of Blighty isn’t in the symbiotic middle, as the Y of greenYgrey isn’t, in contrast to the precision aimed for by ancient cultures such as the sun-worshipping ones in modern Egypt and Peru that had similar thoughts and architecture despite being on different sides of the Atlantic and not having any known contact with each other.

Rider on the POP (PinkyOrangePurple – paraphrasing Doors’ Riders of the Storm) Horizon

My imprecision could be symbolic of my ADHD mind, and I would have been happy to just write that before, but now I think the double-negatives will take it the wrong way, or at least spin it negatively: that my imprecision is not an easygoing self-parody joke, or something I noticed afterwards, it’s something I tried to do but failed, proof of my ineptitude and stupidity; that I shouldn’t have been made a Phd etc; an example of white/male privilege to the non-whites/non-males, positive discrimination to the higher classes, or a Jewish conspiracy to the far-right (who don’t know that Judaism is a form of monotheism – what I’ve been criticising the most in my creative writing, because I think it causes a lot of conflicts and wars; although the ‘peaceniks’ who fight for Islam won’t believe me!).

At 8.10am the above pales into insignificance, for there is a peautiful (new word meant) POP horizon, with grey cloud made purple providing the base, below white cloud made pinky-orange. Above that, the sky is big sky blue, apart from a few small clouds made POP.

Y Spark of Grandmaster Genius (GG reminding my of the original Greenygrey)

After writing yesterday’s blog post I went for a run, and was delighted to see some sun in a mostly cloudy sky. After lunch I watched The Grandmaster for the second time, realising towards the end of the first time that I hadn’t taken it in enough.

Doing the work for the double-negatives, as I’ve often done before, to make our ‘battle of wills’ (The Grandmaster inspiration) more even, they will probably make out that it’s because it’s a Weinstein movie (seeing it was his company’s movie as well as Southpaw made me realise they’ve made some great movies, not really knowing of him until the scandal) or that I’m just watching it for the fighting/action.

In fact, I was more interested in the relationships and philosophy of Gong Er (played beautifully by Ziyi Zhang with the help of typically Chinese (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon etc, also Ziyi Zhang I just noticed!) evocative filmography – on a par with the Nordic blonde and English rose types for my personal taste).

During the movie; one of the reasons I didn’t take the subtitled film in enough the first time is that I daydream like this; I suddenly thought that after yesterday writing in this blog that Blighty isn’t precisely in the middle of Egypt and Peru like the symbiosis those cultures aimed for in their architecture, that Iceland was much more in the middle of them than Britain, and that is of course where I ended the greenYgrey story, directed by the muse (maybe my mistYmuse, but I can’t remember off-hand if it was written between the 21sts of November and March).

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Moreover, I’d started focusing on the I of Blighty, following a stream of consciousness from the I of me, and I is of course the capital letter of Iceland! I think that’s what made me think of Iceland during the movie – first of all thinking about the I.

Y-I North-East Comedy Spark

The above happened at about 3.30pm, and I thought that would be it for the day, and my ruminations on the blog. However, at about 8.45pm, while watching The Secrets of Quantum Physics on the BBC for the second time I suddenly thought that the Y-I focus of the blog post sounded like the ‘why-aye’ used to enthusiastically say yes in the north-east.

I think I learnt the phrase most from The Likely Lads, only finding out recently after he’d passed away, that one of them, Rodney Bewes, was a Yorkshireman.

Moreover, the subject of the documentary, how light photons are a law unto themselves, beyond scientific control, proving Nils Bohr right above Albert Einstein, made me wonder if my post-blog thoughts had been sparked by my time in the sun on my lunch-time run: fresh enlightenment to refresh the foundation.

Had the new light particles stirred the old up, sparking new life, beyond my control or planning, sending new neural connections down into my conscious mind, like the snow scenes in The Grandmaster, where Gong Er learnt from her father by observing and learning.

I’d recently commented on an article about how biophotons work when we’re sleeping, but still didn’t know exactly what they are until watching the documentary again last night. I think there’s quite a lot available on YouTube if you can’t watch it on the BBC (only UK).

 

Animals and Sun: Remembering Religion Unspun?

The earliest religions in the Middle-East and the Americas both worshipped nature they could see; like darts legend Bobby George; in the sky, water and on the Earth. There are remarkable similarities in the religions of the world, such as across the Atlantic, although they are not supposed to have had any contact until Europeans crossed about half a millennium ago.

Meghan Markle’s Handbag… Of No Interest

If you’re more interested in Meghan Markle’s handbag than this, you’re probably in the wrong place, but this post just might show you where your tastes come from, and why you are attracted to such things… going back to the ancient gods… or space race.

One of the most amazing similarities in the ancient worlds that didn’t have any known connection is that both Sumerians and Mayans were shown carrying similar handbags, and they are also inscribed on the top of relatively recently discovered Gobekli Tepi stones (close to the Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia, Middle-East, but half way across the world from the Mayans in Mesoamerica), built 12,000 years ago, when there were only supposed to be hunter-gatherers around; and thousands of years before creation according to the later monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam in that order; I’m none really, although am Christian by birth).

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The first monotheistic religion was arguably the ancient Egyptian, started by Akhenatan, who declared himself the son of the sun (Aten), the one and only god. There were also similarities across the Atlantic in sun and animal worship, as shown in this image from the Ancient Connections website:

They also have relevance for my decade-long greenYgrey website idea, and story development. The Greenygrey started off as one, before splitting into two, divided by the Y, making a triptych 3, which partly symbolised the yellow sun.

I’ve been open to those ideas through the media all my life, and have been to Egypt and the Americas too, so I have absorbed quite a lot of information over my lifetime, but when I saw the above image last week connecting the Middle-East and Americas I thought it was particularly reminiscent of how the greenYgrey ended up; and how I and Blighty; and the i in Blighty; are between them too, unevenly in the middle, like the Y in greenYgrey.

The greenYgrey was always meant to be a sun wolf anyway, but that was more down to my preference for the sun over the moon, and daytime to night. Not to mention being contrary to the normal wolf image; but not me being the King Contrary man like Mourinho (whose honesty in discussing his injury list shows why in religion many are attracted to the anti-Christ, viewing the Church; or its representatives at least; to have become dishonest, misleading and out of touch – hiding or demonising the ancient religions and wisdom is one example), oh no, just coffilosopher contrary… but a rather good one, up there with the great songwriters at least – although they can write music too!

Blue Mountains Photos, Remembering Foster’s Adverts and Royal Princesses

Fair play to Mourinho, I liked his ‘truth’ interview about injuries. I’m sorry to anybody who wants me to continue ‘demonising’ him, but I thought it was a good response, and I like the way he went through several of his players. Funnily enough, that attention to detail is something that connected some of the Great Songwriters I’ve been watching recently (High Flying Birds’ Gallagher and Stereophonics’ Jones) in the Channel 4 programme, and something I think I achieved in XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, after building up to it with Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps; thinking that’s what had set the great rock musicians apart, and Axl Rose’s epics in particular.

Battling for Blondes

That’s what I don’t like about Marklemania, especially the putting her above Ivanka Trump, as I read in an article this morning, saying Ivanka must want to be Meghan.

I find Markle pretty average looking, and while she has some good attributes, she’s put being a princess before her work (after posing outside Buckingham Palace a few years ago), when Cressida Bonas did the opposite; the latter decision seems a better example for women from the feminist viewpoint of which Markle is supposed to be such a champion.

Blue Mountains Parrots, Waterfall and Three Sisters

The Blue Mountains are a great day-trip from Sydney, 50 kilometres (31 miles) west, with colourful parrots easily seen in lush greenery, a waterfall and the Three Sisters mountains: reminiscent of the greenYgrey world’s Three Princesses: Kate, Cressida and Lottie; still under Queen Kate Moss.

Australia must be even more beautiful now Amber Heard is there, although they are of course recovering from the loss of Holly Valance to London. I wonder if Miss Heard decided to emigrate to Oz after seeing the Foster’s Amber Nectar adverts

For those who think I drink golden ales because of blonde women, well, lager is amber blonde anyway, so I could just drink that, as I like it too, if it was colour-defined!

Here’s my three photos from the Blue Mountains:

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Australian Sunset Photos for POPolutionaries: Has Amber Heard?

I saw several stories I thought I should comment on, but then remembered I’m in the POP age now, so I should just ignore the chatter, even if Reggie Yates (will Chuku Umunna call him vile like he does Donald Trump?) and Lily Allen stories showed why I was right to criticise Russell Brand’s revolutionaries. I also watched The Riot Club recently, which I think showed the kind of revolutionary riot culture Brand stands for, and where most of his supporters come from; a kind of Marquis de Sade – Aleister Crowley do what thou wilt (rich and/or manipulative men) ethos.

If women like that then fine, but from the post-Weinstein scandal fall-out it doesn’t seem to be for most of them, although they think they have no choice at the time.

I did once joke that my L.A. metal name would be Marcy de Sad (inspired by names from bands like Guns N’ Roses, Faster Pussycat and Love/Hate), combining my name, wordplaying on Sade and incorporating my bipolarity; and I think humans should be as free as possible to do what they want, like Crowley, but without harming anything else.

My Ethical Celibacy Positive Twisted Weird Negative

In total contrast, I thought I should ask you to let Amber Heard know about this blog post, with parody comedy based on real amour (thinking Pepe Le Puy!), using the parodying Twitter viralism hashtag #hah (has amber heard), as she’s apparently in Oz now, but then thought she should know by now (Hank Melvin’s song, written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, comes to mind; by the way, I added that Jagger was particularly greenYgreying and that ‘summer’ should be changed to ‘winter’ in yesterday’s blog post; not that I prefer winter to summer, quite the opposite in fact, and for negative-greenYgrey conspiracy theorists, Jagger is still going strong, while the Starman has unfortunately passed away, albeit at the grand old age of 70; If you don’t know me by now), and must think I’m not worthy of romance. I was thinking fondly of Cressida Bonas last week too, but guess she doesn’t think of me as a true blue!

Those types of women have always been my favourites, with early versions Debbie Harry, Brigitte Bardot and Britt Eklund. I liked ABBA’s Agnetha when I was 10 because of her face and hair, not the apparently large bum she’s got; that I hadn’t even noticed until watching recent documentaries about her.

While I’ve been concentrating on sunrises over the last decade I was more of a sunset person before, due to being more of a night-owl than an early-bird. Here’s some photos I took in Australia in 1989, showing I loved natural beauty back then too, before I met all the people from the 1990s who think they’re a big influence on me, with the first one a true Blue Peter POP (PinkyOrangePurple) one I made before:

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Super Moon Between Two Successful Sunrise and Sunset POPs: sMs

There was a hat-trick of sky beauty yesterday and today, as a POP (PinkyOrangePurple) sunset was followed by clear sky for the super moon, and then this morning there was another sensational POP sunrise, starting at about 7.45am, before the sun rose about twenty minutes later – and then it was time to look away.

In greenYgrey (gYg) acronym parlez the sunrise-moon-sunset would be shortened to sMs, with sms also an acronym for short message service – a recent BBC news feature was about why people still text. A photo from Washington featured on MSN seemed to include them all together in one; what could be called a POP moon:

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POP Skies the new POP Music

The heading of the article reminded me of the song Dancing in the Streets, with Mick Jagger and David Bowie including a lot of great greenYgreying in their video; especially Jagger’s clothes.

Replace ‘summer’ with ‘winter’, ‘dancing’ with ‘POPing’ (pronounced popping), and ‘music’ with ‘clear skies’, and you’ve got a great POP version!

This is all written from a parody comedy angle of course. I don’t want to replace pop or rock music, especially with the greenYgrey world in the human one ending in the ABBA age!

Next month there’s a wolf moon and blue moon. As expertly explained on BBC news this morning, the wolf moon derives from Native American culture, as wolves are said to howl more poignantly in cold January, when food is scarce and they struggle to survive; while the blue moon is because it’s the second one in January, falling on the last day, so February will not have one, and that’s why there is the saying, ‘Once in a blue moon’: because having two full moons in one month is quite rare.

Moreover, in the greenYgrey world it will see the transition from MIST to MUSE (Midwinter Until Spring Equinox [around March 21st, when the days are equal light and dark]), with the four months known together as mistYmuse. Y-day is on January 21st.

Sky Highlights, December 2017

Before that, it looks like there’ll be a great pre-POP morning sky mid-month, as reported on Cosmic Pursuits:  ‘As it makes its way eastward along the ecliptic, the thin crescent Moon lies just 5º to the north of the planet Mars in the eastern and south-eastern sky before dawn.’

This is included from a mainly aesthetic (looks nice), amateur scientific, mildly pagan ancient wisdom angle, rather than any later religions.

Planets, Moon, and stars in the pre-dawn sky on the morning of December 14, 2017 looking towards the southeast.

 

Blue Planet 2 Barrier Reef 5

To celebrate the first five episodes so far shown of seven, with therefore two to go, in the Blue Planet second series, here’s five more photos from my dive course on the Australian Barrier Reef in 1989. I’m in the first photo, as I just noticed from my tattoo, but not the others.

I Love Ocean Creatures

I loved the garibaldi fish trying to keep its locality fertile in the last episode, like a human environmentalist or farmer; and the clever octopus, knowing how to defend itself against a lovely looking pyjama shark, using knowledge of shark biology and complex camouflage.

A group of us who travelled up from working in Sydney rented the underwater camera. As well as the stingray I and my dive partner also saw a giant turtle, but didn’t have the camera then.

I would of course return to Oz to write Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. The latest episode of Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears was in the Walpole Forest, a beautiful big nature reserve, where WoO started; and starred a cute quokka.

Meanwhile, back in Blighty, tonight’s Countryfile focuses on the Cleveland Way mostly coastal path. The walking route I’ve walked the most on in the U.K., with the coastal path my favourite part, although Helmsley to the North Yorkshire Moors was very nice too; the Moors are interesting and an important nature reserve.

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Wildlife Utopia in Santa Rosa

Camping in the Santa Rosa nature reserve in the north-west of Costa Rica in 1994 there were iguanas around the campsite:

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I didn’t know if it was wise, in the days before the great Steve Irwin, but after inspiration from legendary David Attenborough etc, and knowing it would be a great photo:

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Night-time was a raccoon party:

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Howler monkeys sounded like lions:

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As MIST (Midwinter Ideal Sunrise Times: November 21st to January 21st) enters its second week in Blighty (now after 8am, with the latest around December 21st) and the Northern Hemisphere, and is joined by Advent Calendarists since yesterday, here’s a POP (PinkyOrangePurple) sunset photo (one I made earlier [than the POP MIST theories], remembering Blue Peter!):

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Rio de Janeiro from Christ Statue Photos

Having previously posted one photo from my trip to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in 1994, here’s the rest:

Walking up to it, with two fellow traveller women:

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View to Sugar Loaf, and my favourite city scene in the world:

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View the other way, north I think:

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Another favourite city scene became the cover star of the last of the greenYgrey trilogy: