Apophasis

They are cutting down trees again, not here, but in another village on the way home from town. I saw the tractor with its trailer-load of amputated trunks; it was waiting to join the traffic on the main road at that junction where you always have to wait a very long time.

Someone must have thought that scruffy scrap of woodland would be better bare and treeless; that tangle of trees, mirrored in an obscure pool, would be better ‘developed’ into housing to meet the need for more rungs on the property ladder.

Will the houses they build stand around that pool too, looking into its dark stillness? Or will it be filled up with who knows what? It’s deep, they say. How much debris will it hold? And where will all that black water go instead? Not to mention all the previous residents of wood and pool. (That’s apophasis, by the way – a rhetorical term I learnt today, for talking about something by saying you won’t talk about it, or a theological one for speaking of what can’t be spoken of.)

But the market gets what the market wants, and never mind those costs that can’t be written in a ledger or summed up in a spreadsheet.

The ineffable can eff off, as long as there’s profit to be made.

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Movement of people

(Pictures like this are called black and white but they are really many shades of grey.)List of terms:

Colonists Crusaders Discoverers Displaced persons Emigrants Expats Explorers Foreigners Frontiersmen Illegals Immigrants Invaders Migrants Missionaries Nomads Pioneers Refugees Settlers Thieves Tourists Travellers …

Who makes the labels? Us or them?

After Giacometti

I’ve been playing with my phone’s drawing app again. Also using up a free trial on Netflix, where I found a film about Giacometti, Final Portrait. It felt like a visit to his studio.

I assume some of the dialogue was authentic:

‘a portrait is never finished…’

‘to paint you how I see you is impossible…’

Not cheery, but inspiring.

Hence, this drawing.

(I have also ventured on to Instagram. I knew getting a smartphone would be dangerous.)