mugwump

“a person who is independent (as in politics) or who remains undecided or neutral”

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ground control to major tom

David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era,
has died of cancer at the age of 69.

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom (Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six)
Commencing countdown, engines on (Five, Four, Three)
Check ignition and may God’s love be with you (Two, One, Liftoff)

This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare
“This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in the most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here am I sitting in my tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear And I’m floating around my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do.”

DAVID BOWIE, Space Oddity

othering

By Yiannis Gabriel

Othering is the process of casting a group, an individual or an object into the role of the ‘other’ and establishing one’s own identity through opposition to and, frequently, vilification of this Other. The Greeks’ use of the word ‘barbarian’ to describe non-Greeks is a typical example of othering and an instance of nationalism avant la lèttre. The ease with which the adjective ‘other’ generated the verb ‘to other’ in the last twenty years or so is indicative of the usefulness, power and currency of a term that now occupies an important position in feminist, postcolonial, civil rights and sexual minority discourses. Continue reading “othering”

Slubberdegullion

Definition:

a dirty rascal; scoundrel; wretch

About the Word:

This seventeenth-century coinage even sounds nasty; the word’s probable history backs it up. Slubber, an English dialectal word, means “stain” or “sully,” and most likely comes from an obsolete Dutch word meaning “to walk through mud or mire.”

http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/top-10-rare-and-amusing-insults-vol-2/slubberdegullion

interregnum

An interregnum ia a period of discontinuity (usually between the rule of two monarchs) – a period of interruption, a hiatus. The gap opens suddenly and closes just as suddenly; and when it closes the insights gained there are easily obscured, forgotten even. Yet the interregnum is also an opportunity to explore the things on either side of it, the before and after.


madhya is the still point between two phases of movement… all movement arises from a point of stillness. That still point is an open door into the heart of the universe … you are able to step back to look and to think…” 

S.Kempton 


“God is at the midpoint between all things.”

 St. Julian of Norwich


Yesterday I was on the London Underground with my family when, after the crowded train had disappeared into its flashing tunnel, we were left in an eerie silence, with only a soft cold breeze left from the departing train. It was a welcome respite from the Underground rush. We were between stations, we were in an interregnum, the place between.

Back in South Africa I am, briefly, neither here nor there, and oddly free of both. As an invisible traveller, I briefly found an unexpected freedom – a freedom among other things from South Africa’s confining narratives of race and culpability.

Briefly, in travelling, the weight was lifted, yet already the interregnum begins to close.