Hieronymus Bosch – Cheeky extract from The Garden of Earthly Delights

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In 2016, Amelia Hamrick transcribed into modern notation the sheet music written on the buttocks of a man in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.

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“All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist” – Linus

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Principles of Adult Behavior – John Perry Barlow

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Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died this month aged 70. When he was 30 he wrote what he called the Principles of Adult Behavior:

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.

Bill Moyers and Pema Chödrön

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“How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?” David Bowie

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“As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?” David Bowie

David Bowie by © M. Lavine, 1995

David Bowie by © M. Lavine, 1995

“The Thrill is Gone” – BB King (Live)

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“It was 20 Years Ago today …”

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NT - AAMG Otago Daily Times, 22 November 1997, p3. “Ngai Tahu claims manager Anake Goodall points out the dotted line to Ngai Tahu chief negotiator Sir Tipene O_Regan, while Prime Mi