Archive for November, 2013

Typewriters

I found an amazing shop in Berlin a few weeks ago full of typewriters. Since then I’ve been thinking I’d quite like one. They’re strange things in 2013 – these things that were once ubiquituous and completely associated with thinking, ideas, creativity and articulation, have been completely replaced. I mean completely replaced, by computers. But they still work, and billions of people used them very effectively for years. Anyway, I might get one. And see what happens next.

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(I want the orange one, yes that orange Olympia one)

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Gray’s Inn Gardens

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Last week I was walking through Bloomsbury in London and discovered, for the first time, Gray’s Inn Gardens. Known as “the Walks” this piece of green space was apparently laid out by Sir Francis Bacon in 1606. It’s a really nice peaceful spot and I sat there for a while as the light changed while clouds passed overhead.

There is a tall narrow stone plaque at one end sitting in the grass. It reads as follows:

—–
IF
A MAN
WILL BEGIN
WITH
CERTAINTIES
HE SHALL
END IN
DOUBTS
BUT IF HE
WILL BE
CONTENT
TO BEGIN
WITH
DOUBTS
HE SHALL
END IN
CERTAINTIES
—-

It then goes on:

—-
MEN MUST
PURSUE
THINGS
WHICH
ARE JUST
IN PRESENT
AND LEAVE
THE FUTURE
TO DIVINE
PROVIDENCE
—-

I thought that was great.

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