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By the Brexit Emergency Powers Act 2022

A proclamation by the Brexit Emergency Powers Act 2022 with text "Whereas the common population of this sceptered isle was attached to answer the Lords Farage of a plea why they refused to serve — whereas it is ordained that any man and woman of the Queens’s realm of England, being able of body and below the age of sixty years, not living by trade or practising any specific mystery or having his own land about the tilling of which he can occupy himself, not being a servant to another, if he should be required to serve in a service considered fitting to his estate, shall be bound to serve him who so requests and shall take only the wages, liveries, rewards, or salaries which were in force, in the place where he should serve, in the sixty-fourth year of her Gracious Majesty or the average in the five or six preceding years. — Now the said common population was found guilty as charged, are required to till in the fields and raise crops from the earth as villeins nativus and shall to their home church by Tuesday 7 June for service, at the failiing of which to take the stocks for three days and thereafter be imprisoned."

A Proclamation

Whereas the common population of this sceptered isle was attached to answer the Lords Farage of a plea why they refused to serve — whereas it is ordained that any man and woman of the Queens’s realm of England, being able of body and below the age of sixty years, not living by trade or practising any specific mystery or having his own land about the tilling of which he can occupy himself, not being a servant to another, if he should be required to serve in a service considered fitting to his estate, shall be bound to serve him who so requests and shall take only the wages, liveries, rewards, or salaries which were in force, in the place where he should serve, in the sixty-fourth year of her Gracious Majesty or the average in the five or six preceding years. — Now the said common population was found guilty as charged, are required to till in the fields and raise crops from the earth as villeins nativus and shall to their home church by Tuesday 7 June for service, at the failiing of which to take the stocks for three days and thereafter be imprisoned.

Explanation

I based it on a text from a proclamation from the Middle Ages when most tenants were under some kind of mutual obligation with the landlord and not free to come and go and be tenants of whomsoever they pleased and in the period of disruption during the black death some tenants were arguing that they were freed from their obligation and so the Lords took them to court and the proclamation was that they were bound and they had to work in the Lord’s fields.

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Kudu In South Africa

kudu in South Africa

In failing light at Gorah, in Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa on 21 September 2019.

ISO 4,000, 1/400 second. f6.3, Nikon D500 and Nikkor 70-300mm lens at 85mm.

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Mind To Brain

Mind to brain:
I have a task for you.

Brain to mind:
What is it?

[Mind outlines task.]

Brain to mind
OK, let me sleep on it.

[Five minutes later]
Mind to brain:
Did you finish yet?

Brain to mind:
No

[Five minutes later]
Mind to brain:
Did you finish yet?

Brain to mind:
I told you, no. Stop hassling me. Let me do my job

Mind to brain:
I can’t stop thinking about it

Brain to mind:
What have I told you a thousand times? Let it go: I’m on it. But I can’t do my work with you asking all the time. Just stop it. It’s not hard.

Mind to brain:
You think so? So how come there are a million self-help books, and talks about meditation and courses on mindfulness? Huh? See, you can’t answer me.

[Ten seconds later]
Mind to brain:
Answer me. Why have you gone quiet?

Brain to mind:
I am trying to get some sleep.

[Five minutes later]
Mind to brain:
Did you finish yet?

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Quiet Protest

Extinction Rebellion quiet protest 23 February 2020 in Cambridge.

They marked out an area and sat down, mostly with eyes closed, while shoppers passed by.

I asked a man handing out leaflets what he thought of the protesters who had dug up the grass at Trinity College. He said he wouldn’t do it but the protest attracted a lot of media attention. He said 3,000 people had joined in the UK in the last week, I wasn’t sure how much was attributable to the Trinity College protest and I said yes but the media attention had been of the wrong kind. I said people I had spoken to had felt distanced by the action.

He was a thoughtful man and he seemed torn over defending and condemning the actions of the other members of ER. We talked about pollution and its relation to climate change.

How different from the Trinity College protest. I didn’t feel a strong motivation to join them, but how could I feel anything other than sympathy and fellow-feeling for the people sitting there.

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Portraits

A couple of photos I took of people on a photo meeting last weekend.