Friday, August 03, 2012

Don't Be a Plonker, or: Please Don't Eat the Daisies

More entries from Surreal London Rebooted, 1991.

I. St. Louis police arrested a 38-year-old man for hitting Sharon Copeland, 35, with a hammer while she was sunbathing in her backyard. According to police, the man told her, "I don't like sunbathers." He also told them, "The metric system angers me."*

II. "The person is never to be thought of as a Thing or a substance; the person is rather the unity of living-though . . . which is immediately experienced in and with our Experience -- not a Thing merely thought of behind and outside what is immediately Experienced . . . Nor can the being of a person be entirely absorbed in being a subject of rational acts which follow certain laws. . ." -- Martin Heidegger, Seit und Zeit / Being and Time (translated by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson (N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1962), page 73.

III. Frisian barm = a froth of fermenting malt. Barmy on the crumpet = wrong in the head; cracked. A succession of sleek sneers. Sleek tears professed agonizing humility. What a jape.

IV. At Great College Street, I read Rimbaud's London letters . . . hoping to invoke the lost poet's spirit. There is no more 8, only a 5 & 10, though there is an 8 Little College Street just around the corner. There are the walled grounds of the abbey that predates his stay, across from 5, and a narrow cobbled street remains -- near Westminister. Sometimes gliding and colliding he / careens through the streets of Paris.

V. The Rollright Stones. Kept up by Ms. Pauline Flick and her dog Katie near Chipping Norton. She inherited the land of the Rollright Stones that date back 3,500 years or more. She has 28 stray cats at home in an enclosed area, in stables three miles away. She gives the 20p admission fee to charities. She is writing a book about dogs.

VI. Pantisocrats, scatter and make right / Bloom your forest ways & villages / Susquehanna settlements / Transforming time and space. . .

VII. At the Cask & Glass. "Bloody hell! It's the pair from the C & G!" Bartender: "Where's the wedding?" "Chizz!"

Today's Rune: Movement.   *This must be quoting an article from a newspaper or tabloid.


Adorably Dead said...

"The metric system angers me."

I feel your pain man. *raises hammer in solidarity*

Charles Gramlich said...

I wonder if he used a metric hammer?

the walking man said...

Nice to know there is still sanity in the world, it may not be London but it's out there somewhere.