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Gerry Fenge
Yorkshire, UK
Linking the Beyond to the Beside; finding the Noumenal in the Natural; inviting the vast Inner Universe to step right through and smile in the Outer World.
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A Journey Into The Creative Mind... Sitting around, having a think, creating a world... The world is full of objectified thoughts. Buildings, streets, fields, farms, none of these occur in nature but are thought into existence by humans. Similarly, books, films, songs and paintings are products of thinking. They originate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Gerry Fenge
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Twenty seven years later... The Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi For me there were two crucial events back in August 1990, one personal, the other international. The personal one is I didn’t die, which had its merits, although it was no great treat as I lay there in the Intensive Care... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Gerry Fenge
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Last Tuesday morning (27th December 2016), I listened to the Christmas Special edition of The Infinite Monkey Cage, a ‘witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes’ (as it declares on the webpage). The topic was Ghosts, and after the initial introductions, Brian Cox had this to say: ‘Before... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Gerry Fenge
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The Thrillsville Way to Health and Happiness... It started with a slice of serendipity. Late July I was in York, no reason, just a good place to be. And what I found at the centre, Parliament Street, was a set of buildings getting put up – temporary halls, some truly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Gerry Fenge
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Does a small delay prove you're a robot? Dickens' Dream' painted 1875 by Robert William Buss, portraying Dickens at his desk at Gads Hill Place, surrounded by many of his characters. 'Free Will, The Greatest Illusion?' Thus spake the front cover of BBC Focus, Science and Technology, June 2015, along... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Gerry Fenge
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In which a king climbs out of a carpark and into a cathedral tomb... Laser display of Richard's logo on Leicester Cathedral spire, 27th March 2015 A book that affected me a lot as a teenager was ‘The Daughter of Time’ by Josephine Tey, in which a hospitalised detective, Alan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Gerry Fenge
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As Aretha puts it... Yesterday we saw a visiting production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at York Opera House. Excellent production, energy, acting, ingenuity etc. But something else struck me, the ‘natural’ language (and to convey it without any possibility of offence, I’ll use a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Gerry Fenge
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Or, to put it another way, Non-Stop Story-Telling Dreamzzz... We all know we dream, and that dreams often consist of recycled experiences – but have we gone the extra step of realising we spend our nights writing stories? The stories may not make much sense; they may start at some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Gerry Fenge
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It’s been a couple of years since I last wrote a Syncopated Sonnet (http://dimensionsbeyond.typepad.com/dimensions-beyond/2012/09/vincent-van-gogh-and-the-flying-bicycle.html) but you never know when occasion and mental space will coincide. And coincide they did, at Scarborough, just the other day. Prom-Foolery (In which someone I know fails to behave with the due dignity of age)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Gerry Fenge
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The Ancient Goddess squares up to a Newer Rival... Statue of Artemis in the Selcuk Museum, near Ephesus How can I describe what happened? Fight of the century? Fight of the last two millennia? Revelation of cosmic conflict? Or bit of an accident? Here’s how it happened. We were staying... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Gerry Fenge
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The Genius Who Transformed Jazz, Then Transcended It... Satchmo (Satchel-Mouth): young and old (This article was first written for the 'Toppermost' website, which I think you'll enjoy visiting. So, after reading this, have a click on: http://www.toppermost.co.uk/) Okay, here we go: To really ‘get’ Louis Armstrong you don’t need a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Gerry Fenge
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And a poem worth repeating... Two years later, a bit beyond Cat Bells, overlooking Derwentwater Here’s something I wrote a few years ago and published on The Word Cloud (a Facebook for writers, sort of). Seems worth reviving... *** We took a stay in the Lakes for Chris’s birthday, wandering... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Gerry Fenge
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Imitation? Exorcism? Fulfilment? "Hi-Yo Silver, away!" as the youthful imitator might put it... I came across an interesting quote the other day. Alexander McCall Smith, interviewed by Robert McCrum on Radio 4’s The Sins of Literature (Monday 9 a.m.) had this to say: “If you understood yourself, if you had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Gerry Fenge
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Lynton, 22nd May 2013 The View as seen by Romantic Poets 200 years ago I’m sitting on a stack of jagged rocks, and Chris is lying face-down on an overhanging shelf, and we’re gazing way below at the crinkling waves of the Bristol Channel. Further out, the clouds and sun... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Gerry Fenge
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Remembering a quietly remarkable woman. Marjorie and Capella, early 1975 Exactly a week ago today there was a funeral service for my 96 year old stepmother Marjorie in St Paul’s Chapel, Exeter Crematorium. We drove down a couple of days earlier, battling some snow-clogged roads, and were glad of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Gerry Fenge
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York, 23rd January 2013 Last night I went to the Classic Rock Show in York and was much impressed. The idea of the show is to perform tracks from the alleged “Top 10 Classic Rock Albums” (such as Led Zeppelin IV, Bat Out Of Hell, and Dark Side Of The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Gerry Fenge
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Quest for the Soul: 7 Leonardo da Vinci: Virgin of the Rocks (detail), National Gallery, London Creatures previously encountered: Free Will – and its trusty assistant, Envisaging Discernment – and its debatable alias, Resonance Thinking – and its handy accessory, the Internal TV Pre-thoughts – and their home, the great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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Quest for the Soul: 6 Van Gogh: Starry Night (flowing along quite remarkably) Creatures previously encountered: Free Will – and its trusty assistant, Envisaging Discernment – and its debatable alias, Resonance Thinking – and its handy accessory, the Internal TV Pre-thoughts – and the great internal Reservoir As we return... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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Quest for the Soul: 5 Will-O-The-Wisp (mixed media) kindly made available by Patricia Allingham Carlson http://allinghamcarlson.com/index.htm Creatures previously encountered: Free Will – and its trusty assistant, Envisaging Discernment – and its debatable alias, Resonance Thinking – and its handy accessory, the Internal TV Our search now carries us deeper into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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Quest for the Soul: 4 Multiple Broadcasts on the Internal TV Creatures previously encountered: Free Will – and its trusty assistant, Envisaging Discernment – and its debatable alias, Resonance ‘Thinking’ will be a particularly elusive creature to hunt. Our imaginary film crew have hauled their apparatus through the jungle of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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Quest for the Soul: 3 Discerning away like a good 'un Creatures previously encountered: Free Will – and its trusty assistant, Envisaging The first question is what to call today’s creature. “A strong, solid feeling... it’s common sense... instinct... it’s when you just know... a still small voice... it’s that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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Quest for the Soul: 2 Having a bit of a vision Free Will: we’ve all heard stories of this elusive creature, we all think we’ve encountered it, but when we examine each incident, it sidles off into the undergrowth of indecision and we are left with a mystery – was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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Quest for the Soul: 1. 'Mythical Creatures' by fantasy artist Dave McKean We are inhabited, O fellow humans, by mythical creatures. Inside us are rumoured to lurk such exotic beasts as Free Will, Thinking, Creativity, the Soul itself. But are they really there? The issue is a crucial one, for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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In which truths of human potential are discovered... Dove Cottage, Grasmere Nine years ago (gosh, was it that long?) we took a party of sixth formers to Dove Cottage for some extra background to their Romantic Era studies. As you may know, Dove Cottage was Wordsworth’s house in the Lake... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Gerry Fenge
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Biography of an amazing man... Back and Front covers (designed by Jeremy Berg) It seems about time to give another mention to The Two Worlds of Wellesley Tudor Pole, my 85,000 word biography of a great twentieth century mystic. Here’s the Introduction to the book, where I give my personal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Gerry Fenge