Leonard’s gone!

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Photo courtesy of John Wilderspin

New arch rival at Cambridge parkrun! Unusually, I’m running and smiling as we we approach the finish line and we come in within a second of each other. Cambridge has the good fortune to have a consistent photographer in John Wilderspin (for example, this week he’s put up 400+ images). There’s something confirming about a personal running picture even if it’s not flattering. There’s always the next one!

Running’s not very complicated at the moment. I’m tending to go for short 2 mile runs 3-4 times a week and 5k parkrun on Saturdays. Unfortunately, I’m not finding last year’s form at all but on the plus side I have the pleasant delusion that I am faster than ever. There’s a satisfying feeling of speed despite my stupid watch telling a different story. Possibly I’m running so fast, I’ve gone back in time. I know Superman can reverse time by flying around the Earth multiple times faster than the speed of light (I stand to be corrected on this with reference to the specific DC Superman comic). But then again, I know in my heart of hearts, being given a parkrun token with place number 172  emblazoned on the plastic coating is not compatible with magical running powers.

Talking of magic, I read a very enjoyable review of Elf Queens and Holy Friars :Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church by Richard Firth Green, £36. (London Review of Books : don’t worry, non London people, you too can have access to this literary mag). Widespread belief in fairies and mythical creatures meant they were given responsibility for all manner of unfortunate occurrences and circumstances and their influence waned slowly as society became more rational. Even today many people still believe in evil fairies and a malevalent Fairyland, chiefly UKIP voters and Daily Mail Readers.

Leonard Cohen’s death is a very sad event. He’s been a cultural and emotional part ofmy life since I was a teenager in the 1960s, listening to his first album in our 6th form common room. Drone, drone, drone. Powerful songs expressing adolescent feelings and a wonderful backdrop to growing up, reading Krisharmerti, Kafka, Hesse, Mervyn Peake, Oz, the International Times, walking the streets of London and seeing the best bands in London.

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6 thoughts on “Leonard’s gone!

  1. It’s a lovely photo! Smiling and knees up to suggest good strong running form! Leonard cohen? I know a couple of his songs, I remember Suzanne from infancy (😆😆😆) and ‘waiting for the miracle’ from a tarantino film. I’ve downloaded more to listen too. I like his gravelly voice and cynicism!

    • Ta. Your infancy period was my mystical and hippy period. Leonard Cohen fitted in beautifully, I recommend the first 3 albums. Best listened to sitting cross legged in front of a portable, vinyl playing record player, smoking dope (the old stuff, not the new powerful reincarnation). Last suggestion optional, of course.

    • Ta. Your infancy period was my mystical and hippy period. Leonard Cohen fitted in beautifully. I recommend the first 3 albums. Best listened to sitting cross legged in front of a portable, vinyl playing record player, smoking dope (the old stuff, not the new, powerful reincarnation). Last suggestion optional, of course.

      • Ha ha we were definitely different generations! My sixth form years were dominated by the discovery of ‘HTLV’ – we were all scared of sex and drugs, and the threat of expulsion from medical school if there was a whiff of drugs compounded it!so I guess I’m really square!

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