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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hawthorn Berries, Grey Squirrel & Redtail

'It's very good jam,' said the Queen.
'Well, I don't want any TO-DAY, at any rate.'
'You couldn't have it if you DID want it,' the Queen said. 'The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday--but never jam to-day.'
'It MUST come sometimes to "jam to-day,"' Alice objected.
'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every OTHER day: to-day isn't any OTHER day, you know.'
'I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'
'That's the effect of living backwards,' the Queen said kindly: 'it always makes one a little giddy at first--'
'Living backwards!' Alice repeated in great astonishment. 'I never heard of such a thing!'
'--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways.'
'I'm sure MINE only works one way,' Alice remarked. 'I can't remember things before they happen.'
'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked.
From Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Friday, September 29, 2017

1954 Gossen Tippa Typewriter

I have three German made portable manual typewriters, but my most recent and long sought addition is by far my favourite to use.  The Gossen Tippa was manufactured in West Germany in 1954 and in my humble opinion is at the pinnacle of ultra-portable typewriter engineering - the best ever manufactured in this category.  Why?  Well first, Gossen engineers achieved the magic balance between size, weight and efficiency.  The body of the machine is all metal and has some weight which keeps the typewriter stable when you are using it without dancing around all over the desk.  The metal body's mass also helps to keep the key action crisp, light to the touch and very quiet, compared to many other ultra-small portables including earlier Tippa models and all of their rival competitors. 

Chromed metal appointments on the Gossen Tippa are both beautiful and functional.  Nothing has been overlooked to ensure maximum performance and portability.  It comes with a metal hard case cover that secures the machine from moving and two levers on the typewriter lock the carriage and shift to stop movement during transport.  This Tippa arrived quite dirty and benefited from cleaning.  I simply removed the four screws on the feet to get into the guts of the typewriter to carefully brush, clean, blow and oil the inner workings.  The body of the machine is painted with hard baked enamel that has small chips, but is still in very good condition.

Two colours were produced by Gossen in 1954 that include this caffè mocha version with mahogany brown coloured keys and platen knobs.  A dark red maroon bodied machine with white keys and platen knobs was also manufactured that is exceptionally beautiful.  Both are functional works of art that are a dream for writers to use.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Definition of deconstruction

1:a philosophical or critical method which asserts that meanings, metaphysical constructs, and hierarchical oppositions (as between key terms in a philosophical or literary work) are always rendered unstable by their dependence on ultimately arbitrary signifiers; also :an instance of the use of this method 
  • deconstruction of the nature–culture opposition in Rousseau's work
:the analytic examination of something (such as a theory) often in order to reveal its inadequacy

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sunset at Mosquito Point

"Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue"

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Peripatetic Peeps and Peregrines

"The truth is that we never conquered the world, never understood it; we only think we have control.  We do not even know why we respond a certain way to other organisms, and need them in diverse ways, so deeply."

Edward O. Wilson - Biophilia