More felling?

BearYear writes:

Clare County Council did this outside the local library [Harmony Row, Lifford, Ennis, County Clare]…disgusted. They said the trees blocked light to the next building…which is Clarecare a private health company. FFS…

Anyone?

Friday: Over 7,000 trees felled by local authorities in 18 months (Irish Times)

Thanks Irish Wildlife Trust

John Waters

‘For more than a hundred days I have been ill with a condition called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a rare and unpleasant viral thing—dormant chicken pox that reactivates in a hapless few, years after being forgotten.’

This opens an article (in full at link below] on the First Things website by John Waters about recently falling ill with a life-threatening neurological  condition.

Awaiting the results of a CAT scan, he writes:

[my] symptoms seemed to be a physiological dimension of the condition itself. My body was rebelling against my being, and I was cast between the two, unable to stand, speak, hear, or see properly. The dizziness was a kind of disintegration of my self, and the result seemed to be that no previously existing principle, conviction, theory, value, or belief had stability within me.

I could not help feeling that these reactions bespoke a diminution of faith, which had seemed strong when I was strong, but now was dissolving with my strength. The substance of my beliefs remained but, with my reason shot to pieces, could no longer find traction. In this new and unfamiliar place,

I felt spiritually alone; marooned, without an external source of support. I had lost my spiritual equilibrium. My illness made it clear that something had shifted in me, without my knowing, to render my steps on the spiritual path less sure-footed. Sometimes, doubt and unease can remain as undetected as a latent virus.

For a long time (to take an example in a different category), I had held that Catholics who claimed to have lost their faith because of clerical sex abuse were hiding behind an alibi with little basis in reason. Why should the sinfulness of others weaken one’s faith in God?

But more recently, I have felt sympathy with such people, realizing that such a fundamental breach of trust by someone who has spent years studying the vital questions of faith is not an incidental matter, but affects the core of belief.

By the same token—and this may have been a factor in my own case—when we see the elders of Christ’s Church engaging in behavior that denigrates the Church’s most fundamental teachings, can we be surprised if we find ourselves doubting first of all their faith and, perhaps, the reliability of our own?

This had not occurred to me before my Ramsay Hunt nightmare, but I have since come to believe there may be something in it. {more below]

The Terror Of Goodbye (John Waters, First Things)


From top: George Chinnery and the gin which takes his name

Like art?

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Read on.

Leah Kilcullen writes:

Chinnery Gin is inspired by Dublin and the Old China Trade, with defining flavours of osmanthus flower and oolong tea.

The name comes from George Chinnery, a Georgian-era portrait artist who lived in Dublin, before setting sail for India and later China.

His work from Canton is considered part of the historical record of the Old China Trade, but his time in Dublin is largely forgotten.

We are delighted to be working with the Chester Beatty Library for a talk by George Chinnery biographer and East Asian trade art specialist Dr Patrick Conner, to delve into the artist behind our gin’s name.

There will of course be some gin-tasting with our distiller as part of the event too, and delicious canapes from the Silk Road Cafe. Tickets are €35, and include two Chinnery Gin drinks and the gin-tasting.

An evening with George Chinnery; The Man & the Spirit (Chester Beatty)

We have one bottle of Chinnery Dublin Dry Gin to giveaway to a Broadsheet reader.

To enter, just complete this sentence:

‘”I deserve a bottle of Chinnery Gin especially at this time owing to__________________________________’

Lines MUST close at 4.15pm.

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Chinnery Gin

Top pic: Met NYC

Last week’s full moon or Buck Moon (captured during its partial eclipse by Cristian Fattinnanzi) was very full. How full, you ask?

…it fell almost exactly in a line with the Sun and the Earth. When that happens the Earth casts its shadow onto the Moon. The circularity of the Earth’s shadow on the Moon was commented on by Aristotle and so has been noticed since at least the 4th century BC. What’s new is humanity’s ability to record this shadow with such high dynamic range (HDR).

The featured HDR composite of last week’s partial lunar eclipse combines 15 images and includes an exposure as short as 1/400th of a second — so as not to overexpose the brightest part — and an exposure that lasted five seconds — to bring up the dimmest part. This dimmest part — inside Earth’s umbra — is not completely dark because some light is refracted through the Earth’s atmosphereonto the Moon. A total lunar eclipse will occur next in 2021 May.

Giant image here.

UPDATE: a deliciously moony mashup from 2013.

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Winners (and runners up) in the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards.

From top: a camouflaged owl by Shari McCollough; two Great Blue Herons by Melissa Rowell; Kevin Ebi’s shot of a Bald eagle and a fox battling for possession of a rabbit (see how it all turned out here) and the Grand Prize Winner – a red-winged blackbird ‘blowing smoke rings’ by Katherine Swoboda, who explains:

I visit this park near my home to photograph blackbirds on cold mornings, often aiming to capture the “smoke rings” that form from their breath as they sing out. On this occasion, I arrived early on a frigid day and heard the cry of the blackbirds all around the boardwalk. This particular bird was very vociferous, singing long and hard. I looked to set it against the dark background of the forest, shooting to the east as the sun rose over the trees, backlighting the vapour.

In fairness…

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This morning.

Newbridge, County Kildare.

Olivia ‘Neutron Bomb’ Newton-John (top right with Amy Huberman) at the the opening of an exhibition representing her career at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons.

Tell me about it, stud.

OK. Featuring the  star’s Grease (1978) leather jacket and pants, ‘Physical’ and Xanadu (1980) wardrobe pieces and other memorabilia, the exhibition will be on display to the public free of charge from today until August 18.

I’ve got chills.

My pleasure.

They’re multiplying.

That can happen. You may also lose control.

It’s electrifying.

Etc.

Newbridge Museum of Style Icons