Monday: Hili dialogue & Leon monologue

by Grania

On this day in 837, Halley’s Comet made its closest approach to earth  at a distance of 5.1 million kilometres. Its earliest verifiable mention was 240 BC and it became famous in Europe in 1066 when it was interpreted as an omen before the Battle of Hastings.

Just as calamitous (for some) on this day in 1970 Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the Beatles. John Lennon had also announced his intention to leave some months earlier but had kept the news from going public as the album Abbey Road was about to be released.  Thus ended an era. So it goes.

In 1931 on this day philosopher, painter and poet Kahlil Gibran died. He is most famous for his book of poetry The Prophet which has been translated into 50 languages.

‘Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.’


In Poland today Hili is puzzling out a great mystery.

Hili: The higher I climb the higher up they perch.
A: There may be some logic in it.

In Polish:

Hili: Im wyżej wchodzę, tym wyżej one siadają.
Ja: W tym może być jakaś logika.

And Leon’s staff are currently in the process of moving house.

Leon: Home is where my bowl is.


  1. Posted April 10, 2017 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    The end of The Beatles was traumatic for me! They were my musical inspiration…..But then i discovered YES and all was well with the world again…

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted April 10, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Gee Leon, I thought the house deal was already done. Moving is always a big event, especially when the house is being moved as well.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted April 10, 2017 at 7:55 am | Permalink

      Getting the reflection in the rear view mirror is a really nice touch.

  3. rickflick
    Posted April 10, 2017 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I find it interesting that Halley and Newton were friends. Newton published his gravitational theory in 1687. Halley applied Newton’s gravitational formulas to compute the orbit of his eponymous comet and predict it’s return in 1758. We can look forward to it’s return in 2061…I just can’t wait.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted April 10, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      @rickflick I think “friends” is a bit strong. I’m not sure Newton was capable of friendships in any meaningful sense.

      • rickflick
        Posted April 10, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        I bet Newton was some kind of autistic and did not relate well, but the term “friends” was used by Wikipedia.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 10, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I don’t believe any of those audios is the original Beatles’ recording (although the first sounds to be McCartney with another band backing him).

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted April 10, 2017 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      @Ken Kukec Yes, it hasn’t got that Beatles rough-edged harmony vibe.

      I’m 90% sure the *Drive My Car* video above is ripped from the awful *The Space Within Us* [Live In The U.S] DVD released in 2006. It is a so-called live concert documentary of Macca’s 2005 US tour with the McCartney Band. Bucketloads of Macca-praise throughout the DVD from all & sundry which Macca should have had toned down substantially! The DVD is ruined also by the over use of audience reaction shots – a camera roaming the stage & concentrating on the musicians would been far more interesting.

      I think the guitarist is the rather good Rusty Anderson – the whole backing band is very, very tight with more stadium gigs behind them than the Beatles managed back in the day & of course they have the advantage of modern tech & a roadie multitude with decades of experience.

  5. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted April 10, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I was bummed when the Beatles broke up, but in hindsight I wonder if it might have been better for the Beatles to go out at the peak of their abilities rather than to fade into mediocrity.

    There are a number of acts which produced some great records and then could not match their earlier work.


    Kahlil Gibran always struck me as saying things that were so open-ended one could interpret what he said either in fairly wise ways or in saccharine ways. I wonder if he lost something in translation to English.

    He is the third most universally quoted poet behind Lau-Tzu and Shakespeare, but has also been parodied, notably in “The Profit, by Kellogg All-Bran”.

    In the movie “Pork Lips Now”, a parody of Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now”, the original books on Colonel Kurtz’s desk (“From Ritual to Romance” and “The Golden Bough” in the Coppola film) have been replaced by “The poetry of Rod McKuen” and “The Prophet”.
    However, I hear that Salma Hayek’s movie of the book is pretty good.

    • grasshopper
      Posted April 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      Have you looked at the works of Kehlog Albran, who wrote The Profit. His profundities are as deeply abyssal.
      An example —

      A priest asked,
      What is Fate, Master?

      And he answered:
      It is that which gives a beast of burden its reason for existence.
      It is that which men in former times had to bear upon their backs.
      It is that which has caused nations to build by-ways from City to City upon which carts and coaches pass, and alongside which inns have come to be built to stave off Hunger, Thirst and Weariness.
      It is that which has caused great fleets of ships to ply the Seven Seas wherever the wind blows.

      And that is Fate? said the priest.

      Fate… I thought you said Freight, responded the Master.

      That’s all right, said the priest. I wanted to know what Freight was too.

    • grasshopper
      Posted April 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

      JonLynnHarvey, sorry. I missed your own reference to Kehlog Albran. Yesterday, I even missed the sign on the road that said “Road Closed Due To Flood Waters” not 400m from my front gate. A huge bloody sign it was, too.

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