Tuesday, December 04, 2018

(291) The ending of rook´s pawn and bishop which does not control the corner square Vs knight´s pawn

On the evening of November 1  2018 I happened to think about a slightly unusual ending of  rook´s pawn and a bishop which does not control the corner square on which the pawn promotes Vs knight´s pawn.

The following day I competed in a Rapids event in  and this happened -

Monday, June 25, 2018

(290) Neil Cannon and 30 Kimbolton Road

On the afternoon of June 16th 2018 my mind wandered back to an afternoon in late 1991 when I and a schoolmate, Neil Cannon, had played backgammon together in a house owned by parents of a friend of his in Kimbolton Road, Bedford.

Within the hour I received an e mail from Cannon himself. It was only the second one he ever sent me. The first was in January 2017 in which he had said he was back in Bedford to visit his aging mum. He now said that he had spoken with my mother the previous evening when watching the Spain Vs Portugal soccer match on TV in the Charter House home where she was resident. His mother, he informed me, was also a resident there and on the same ward. I had not known that.

I e mailed him back re what I had just been thinking about. He responded with -

Chris & Jonny Potter.  We played chess & backgammon that afternoon.

As I left Charter House on Friday evening, I saw their parents sitting in the front room of 30 Kimbolton Road.  They had the football on the telly.

Friday, May 25, 2018

(289) Elton fails to shoot Rowan

Of an afternoon in 2012 I found a scene from an antiquated Secret Policeman´s Ball popped into my head in which Elton John held a pistol out towards Rowan Atkinson which did not go off so he had found himself forced to go “Bang!”.
The following afternoon Byron Jacobs mentioned this very scene to me via a social media site.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

(288) Career shift: (Artist/Entertainer!?) Writers Not Fighters, Singers and John S(e)argents of November 2017

On the morning of February 6th 2018 I was listening to episodes of the Radio/TV show Just A Minute.
I then took a shower and found myself musing on some remarks made to me the previous year on my lack of committed professionalism. But I responded that I was not really a chess pro. I even said out loud whilst showering, "I´m a writer, not a chessplayer!"
This I cribbed from a song of Gilbert O´Sullivan´s from the 1970s, although I had not heard the track in many years.


I stepped out of the shower and found that the Youtube recordings of Just A Minute had moved on to an episode which had been uploaded in November 2017 which I had not heard before.
At 8:01 I heard Sue Perkins make a remark to host, Nicholas Parsons re a fellow performer, John Sargent - "He´s a dancer. He´s a dancer, not a fighter."

And, having noted that, I then logged on to Twitter and sent her a tweet -

@sueperkins Ms P: I have taken the liberty of appending a comment to something YOU said at this Just A Minute episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZziiuyN6HEs  Buttock-clenching stuff?! Not exactly... but all quite true!
I next noted I had myself acquired, almost as I made above post, a new Twitter follower: Mr Morgan Ferriter -


When scrawling down earlier tweets by Mr Ferriter I saw that one, from November 2017, was a portrait study by an artist of whom I had never heard, although my wife said he was quite well known: John Singer Sargent -
Head study by John Singer Sargent, with colour breakdown showing combinations used to achieve different areas of tone, light and shade.

And at 20:20 that same day I noted that Zoe Margolis had just retweeted something from someone whom, unlike Zoe, I had never followed -

I'm a writer I'm a thinker Not a fighter Not a blinker

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

(287) The TV item pointing out the dolphin did not object to being pleasured

On the morning of September 26th 2017 I mentioned to my wife a piece she had, several times before, told me that she had presented for Channel 4.
It was on their COMMENT snippet, which followed on from Channel 4 News and she had spoken in defence of a man convicted of sexual assault by stimulating a dolphin with his hand.
She pointed out that, had the animal not enjoyed it, it could have made its feelings known in no uncertain manner.
The resurfacing of this incident surfaced after we had visited the beach and given scraps to a local seagull whom we had dubbed "Gavin".

Later I was surfing across Youtube and found myself watching Bill Maher who, at 21:40 here, for the first time, made me aware of the same pleading in defence of a similar chap -

Saturday, March 11, 2017

(286) Gaddaffis "reborn"

In the mid 1980s the idea circulated that Madonna was Marilyn Monroe reborn. She denied having any confidence in it. I heard from people close to a  "spiritual source" that the "source" had stated that it was authentic. But Madonna was born in the 1950s and Monroe died in the early 1960s.
The goalposts quite shifted as I was then told that it was a kind of "thematic or archetypal life".
Ah, well...okay then. There are  parallels; American, blonde, actress, singer, beauty, superstar...

Around that same time I heard, apparently stemming from the same "spiritual source", that Mussolini had become Colonel Gaddaffi. I scrutinised their faces and saw that there are similar lineaments.
But, without being ´armed´ with the supposition, these similarities might never occur to you. Also, of course, two autocrats who, in effect, ran their own fiefdoms and were then both killed by mobs.

Around lunchtime on March 11th 2017 I was reading this piece of Jonathan Freedland´s in The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/11/1930s-humanity-darkest-bloodiest-hour-paying-attention-second-world-war
The photo of Mussolini prompted me to mention this suggested progression of identity to my wife and she said that she had heard it from me years before and had dissed it because their lives overlapped.
I did not recall her saying so, I knew Mussolini was hanged at the end of World War Two but was uncertain of when the other guy appeared.
So I Googled Gaddaffi and discovered from Wikipedia that he was ( probably) born in 1942. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_Gaddafi
I originally entered something re "Death of Colonel Gaddaffi". My second search was just his name.

A few moments later, at about 14:14, I saw I had two new e mails, the first having been sent at 11:25.
It read -

Friday, January 27, 2017

(285) Further on The Holy Grail

On January 23rd 2017 I had already begun searching for more gen re something which had recently, once more, started to very much preoccupy me: The Holy Grail
An e mail arrived from David DeAngelo headed -The Holy Grail of One-Night-Stands.

At lunchtime on January 24th 2017 I was rereading this Entry http://james-plasketts-coincidence-diary.blogspot.com.es/2006/03/part-two-narrative-epilogues-and.html specifically for stuff on the Holy Grail.

Just a few seconds after I had read this of point (12)
Through further researches I gathered that the quest for the Holy Grail represents very much a personal and individual attempt to contact the divine.
Works such as H. Kahanne’s and R. Pietrangeli’s "The Krater and the Grail, Hermetic Sources of the ‘Parzival’ " clarified to me how the symbolism of the Grail was born from ancient cults and myths, e.g. the Greek krater was the deepest bowl of creation and divine wisdom. 

In Gnosticism the krater was a feminine principle; the mixing vessel filled with spirit, which the Creator sent down to earth so that those who strove for higher consciousness might be baptised in it.
So the krater could be viewed as the most primal aspect of the Grail pantheon
. -
My wife mentioned, re portions of tomato soup she had just prepared for us using a soup-making machine, since our cooker was temporarily out of action,
"There you are; mine´s the cup, yours is the bowl."
At lunchtime on Jan 25th I found myself thinking on being asked a question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? re the meaning of ´cognate´.
My reply would have been that I had only ever come across the word once and that was in a piece by Anthony Burgess. But it meant ´of like mind´.

A couple of hours later I felt moved to look up, again, the meaning of ´Paraclete´, as used by Bernard Levin in  his piece from The Times of February 18th 1988 apropos Parsifal in Point (1) of the above Narrative entry :

When Parsifal enters he adds strains from the other world… Suddenly… we hear, for the first time… the Grail… in the struggle between good and evil… it is approaching, with its glorious news that the battle is almost over, and light has triumphed over darkness…
Surely this is what the shepherds who were tending their flocks must have experienced when the angel appeared to them with glad tidings of great joy.
The tidings in Parsifal are brought in Act Three, when the Spear, which pierced Christ’s side heals the wound of Amfortas’ guilt…
And… what is the Christian message but hope?
Surely Wagner is saying that Parsifal is neither Christ nor John the Baptist, but the Paraclete of St John’s Gospel, who is sent to comfort the world: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." And it is man, sinful but capable of redemption, who receives the divine gift from the hands of "the innocent fool, made wise by pity."

I see the first hit when that word is entered into Yahoo is its definition in Wikipedia -

In Judaism
Philo speaks several times of "paraclete" advocates primarily in the sense of human intercessors.
The word later went from Hellenistic Jewish writing into rabbinical Hebrew writing. For a summary of rabbinical usage see Jewish Encyclopedia 1914 "Paraclete".
The word is not used in the Septuagint, the word "comforters" being different in Job. Other words are used to translate the Hebrew word מְנַחֵם (mənaḥḥēm "comforter") and מליץ יושר.
In modern Hebrew, the cognate 'praklit' (פרקליט) means 'solicitor' or 'legal counsel', 'praklit ha-mechoz' means district attorney, and 'praklitut ha-medina' the Israeli equivalent of the solicitor-general.

This last sentence also contained the very rare word ´cognate´. And that prompted me, some 30 mins or so later, to look up the meaning of ´cognate´ via Google

At the lefthand bottom corner of that page there was a section headed
For Everyone.

Below it were listed four options. The first was
Play The Challenge

Somehow I found myself taking an interest and that link...and I clicked in it... to find I had thus activated a multiple choice check on one´s understanding of the word ´cognate´ with FOUR possible answers.
I chose the right one of the four (´Similar´).
Four possible correct options is, of course, what would have been presented had the word´s meaning featured as a question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - the very scenario upon which I had not long before been pondering.

On the evening of February 20th 2017 I was moved by a reference to Luna Incognita resulting from my looking at the entry on ´Crater Plaskett´ in Wikipedia
That entry linked to the ESA Press Release of March 1st 2007 which features just before Point (1) of Entry http://james-plasketts-coincidence-diary.blogspot.com.es/2006/03/part-two-narrative-epilogues-and.html here.
One subsequent lead which resulted from my entering´Luna Incognita´into my search engine was this, from a NASA Lunar Science Institute seminar of April 2013 -
One subsequent leadS ipeaker: Ben Bussey, Johns Hopkins University – Applied tfrhPhysics LaboratorLuna Incognita”
Abstract: When we began this integrated research project, the lunar Polar Regions were regarded as “Luna incognita”, the unknown Moon.  During the last four years we have striven to further our understanding of the Polar Regions so that they are now as well known, and in some case better known, than the rest of the Moon. ”Luna incognita” has become “Luna cognate”:

The mapping of the moon´s dark side was proclaimed with a proto-map on the day I was born.
Here I now learned of yet another meaning for ´cognate´. This time in Latin.
It means ´known´.
...   ...   ...
Circa 18:23 on Jan 25th 2017 I was reading clips from the book
The Holy Grail
from the Works of
Rudolf Steiner.

It is a compilation of just over forty pages of extracts from his lectures with each extract referring to The Holy Grail. I read swiftly through the entry on p.11, which is from a lecture in Basle of 22nd November 1907, headed simply -
The Gospel of St John

This brief extract concludes with the sentence -
"This is represented in the Holy Grail, the shining chalice, the attainment of which floated as a shining goal before the knight of the Middle Ages."

My son came home, saw the title of the work I was reading, and said that this formed a coincidence for he had just found a copy of The Bible.
In fact he had scooped up some five minutes earlier, in Paseo de las Delicias, a Gideons copy of the Nuevo Testamento, including Psalms and Proverbs, and, of course, the Gospel of St John