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‘The lament of the Old Woman of Beare’—contrasting the passage of life

Basil Brooke Johannesburg, South Africa   Hag’s Head (Ceann Cailli) © Bob Jones   It is well for an island of the great sea: flood comes to it after its ebb; as for me, I expect no flood after ebb to come to me. Today there is scarcely a dwelling-place I could recognize; what was […]

A happy individual knows nothing

Basil Brooke Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa   Socrates and his students. Seljuk manuscript, early 13th century. Mubashshir ibn Fātik. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul It seems that most people, most of the time, tend to avoid the really big questions, the hows and whys of existence, preferring to wait and see what happens when they die. […]