Shared Memories:’New Skills’ by Oliver Cross

I’ve been thinking since I got locked down, that this would be a good time to try and improve myself; although really this should have occurred to me earlier because it’s far easier to improve yourself at seven or 17 than it is at 70.

Despite this, I’ve started an on-line drawing course in the hope that, if I work hard enough, I might eventually reach the competence level of a 17-year-old who had paid some attention to art lessons.

Which I can’t have done because I have no memory at all of being taught to draw anything recognisable, such as, say, a carrot, which, I’ve discovered, isn’t as easy as you’d think unless you’ve got a carrot-coloured crayon or are allowed to use labels.

My dream would be draw anything as solid and  real as some examples of ancient cave art dating from 40,000 or more years ago and done without any help from the Lakeland pencil company or adult education classes.

Their trick was, in half-light and with improvised materials , they could portray a whole herd of prey animals in flight, as if caught for an instant by the BBC’s wildlife unit, or giant bisons looking so thoroughly solid that the tribe’s butchers would know immediately where to start taking slices out of them.

I know that, because of my hopelessness in turning the world into pictures, which, at the least, is what art is, I would have let the pre-historic world down badly if I had been let loose on a cave-painting wall.

My theory, which has the great advantage of being disprovable, is that the best cave art was not done by your average, run-of-the-mill  cave people but by a small class of rarely talented and practised illustrators.

It seems plausible that early people, having mastered hunting and  gathering, would have moved on fairly quickly to trying to relay their most exciting experiences, such as deer hunting, by any means available, including converting the cave walls they were forced to stare at for long periods into living canvasses or virtual movies.

That’s why humans, from toddlers to pensioners, can’t help trying to leave their mark on the world, even when education ministers tell them they would be better off getting proper jobs.

It’s also why any blank wall in any inner-city area is soon covered in inept daubings by people who have had all the advantages of a modern education combined with a desperate need to express themselves, but have failed to progress even to the caveman stage.

And to return to the question, why do I want to be able to draw? Well, because wouldn’t anybody like to be able to draw? It should be a primeval skill we’re all heir to, so that, given a bit of a steer by skilled tutors, we should all, armed with only a pencil and paper, be able record what we see in a way which has been compulsively attractive since the dawn of humanity.

Failing that, I might sign up for Conversational Croatian.

Wonderful Oliver, I do hope you continue to enjoy your art, until next time….

Holocaust Memorial Day Poem & Remembrance event – Wednesday 27th January 2021

Dear all,

Today, Wednesday 27th January 2021, is Holocaust Memorial Day. It is the international day of remembrance of six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust, and millions more people killed under German Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfu.

The theme for the 2021 event is ‘be the light in the darkness’. Click on the link below to register for the Holocaust Memorial event that will be streamed live at 7pm tonight.

https://www.hmd.org.uk/uk-holocaust-memorial-day-2021-cere…/

At 8pm, households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were and to stand against prejudice and hatred today (if you are able to do so safely).

WE REMEMBER THEM – BY SYLVAN KAMENS AND RABBI JACK RIEMER.

At the rising of the sun and at its going down
We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends
We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us
as we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength
We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart
We remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share
We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make
We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs
We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us
as we remember them.

© Jewish Prayer Book

You can also watch another event hosted virtually at Leeds Town Hall on the link below which is available until midnight tonight.
https://www.leedstownhall.co.uk/…/holocaust-memorial-d…/7449

ps. If it asks you to sign into Youtube, just click on ‘no thanks’ and then click on ‘I agree’, you may also have to watch the start of an advert first, you can skip ad once it shows bottom right.

7-8pm: HMD 2021 Ceremony

Monday Mind Workout’ answer for Monday 25th January 2021 from Lesley Pearson

Answers for yesterday’s Monday Mind Workout, how did you do?

1.      APES

clue: the quality of having or showing good powers of judgement.

 Shrewdness
2.     BEES

clue: dense group

 Swarm
3.     CAMELS

clue: you tow them

 Caravan
4.     CATS

clue: rhymes with chowder

 clowder
5.     WILD CATS

clue: being destroyed

 destruction
6.     CROWS

clue: there’s been a….

 murder
7.     ELEPHANTS

clue: a procession of people

 parade
8.     DONKEYS

clue: “I……all night”

 drove
9.     GIRAFFES

clue: Eiffel is one

 tower
10. HYENAS

clue: a group laughing loudly

 cackle
11. MOLES

clue: women near there due date go into this

 labour
12. PARROTS

clue: all hell broke loose

 pandemonium
13. RATS

clue: territory

 colony
14. OWLS

clue: the UK has two houses that work on behalf of UK citizens

 parliament
15. LEMURS

clue: it’s a theory

 conspiracy

‘Monday Mind Workout’ Monday 25th January 2021 from Lesley Pearson

COLLECTIONS OF THINGS

LOTS OF ANIMALS HAVE A STRANGE NAME FOR THEIR COLLECTIONS

MOST OF US KNOW A GROUP OF PUPPIES IS CALLED A LITTER

HOW ABOUT THESE?

1.      APES

clue: the quality of having or showing good powers of judgement.

2.     BEES

clue: dense group

3.     CAMELS

clue: you tow them

4.     CATS

clue: rhymes with chowder

5.     WILD CATS

clue: being destroyed

6.     CROWS

clue: there’s been a….

7.     ELEPHANTS

clue: a procession of people

8.     DONKEYS

clue: “we ….. all night”

9.     GIRAFFES

clue: Eiffel is one

10. HYENAS

clue: a group laughing loudly

11. MOLES

clue: women near there due date go into this

12. PARROTS

clue: all hell broke loose

13. RATS

clue: territory

14. OWLS

clue: the UK has two houses that work on behalf of UK citizens

15. LEMURS

clue: it’s a theory

Lesley has got another 15 for you in late February, thank you Lesley.

Dedication Friday: “Try a Little Tenderness” from Cherril Cliff

Dear all,

My favourite song, is “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding. My friend, Dot and I, loved Otis, back in the 1960s – we were mods and into soul big time. We used to go to the Old Mecca, in the County Arcade and dance around our handbags on Saturday afternoons! The DJ was Tamla Pete.

Otis was killed in a plane crash, when he was just 26 years old and when Dot and I heard this tragic news, we were inconsolable. Gone too soon has never been truer.

I still love Otis and my favourite album, is “Otis Blue.”

Thanks for evoking happy memories and I dedicate this song to my friend Dot, who I reached out and found, at the beginning of the pandemic, having lost touch and we now write regular letters to each other. One of the few good things to come out of these worrisome times. From Cherril Cliff

Thanks for sharing this with us Cherril, and lovely to hear you have been able to reconnect with your friend

Click on the link below
ps. If it asks you to sign into Youtube, just click on ‘no thanks’ and then click on ‘I agree’, you may also have to watch the start of an advert first, you can skip ad once it shows bottom right – enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnPMoAb4y8U

Otis Redding – “Try A Little Tenderness” | Don't Forget The Songs 365

image sourced from dontforgetthesong

 

Shared Moments: ‘Bingo with Caring Together’

Dear all,

We enjoyed an online bingo session yesterday. Not everyone was a winner but we are going to do it again, so there is always next time. Prizes for a line and house will be with you soon!
.
Save the date for your diary for the next one: Wednesday 17th February 2021 @3pm
Get in touch if interested: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk, or call 07436 530073
.

Poetry Corner: ‘Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind’ by William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly…

sourced: https:/ www panmacmillan com/

‘Monday Mind Workout’ – answers for Monday 18th January 2021

Good morning everyone,
Yesterday’s Monday Mind Workout was over to you. I invited you to send me your findings to me on phrases that start with the letter K. See below your collective answers, many thanks everyone:
Kangaroo Court
Keep away
Keel Over
Keep at arms length
Keep at Bay
Keen as mustard
Keep a stiff upper lip
Keep a wide berth
Keep body and soul together
Keep it under your hat
Keep schtum
Keep the ball rolling
Keep up with the Joneses
Keep your chin up
Keep your hands clean
Keep your hat on
Keep your distance
Keep your nose clean
Keep your nose to the grindstone
Keep your pecker up
Keep your powder dry
Keeping up with the Joneses
Keepy-uppy
Kettle of fish
Khyber pass
Kick ass
Kick off
Kick the can
Kick the bucket
Kick your heels
Kind hearts are worth more than coronets
King’s ransom
Kismet
Kiss and tell
Kissing Cousins
(The whole) kit and caboodle
Kith and kin
Knee jerk reaction
Knick knack
Knife Edge
Knit together
Knight in shining armour
Knock back
Knock down
Knock into a cocked hat
Knock off
knock em dead
Knock on wood
Knocked for six
Knowledge is power
Know the ropes
Know your onions
Knock yourself out
Knock the wind out of your sails
Know which side your bread is buttered
Know which way the wind blows
Knuckle down
Knuckle under
Knuckle sandwich
Konk Out
Any more?

Ministry of Food Leeds cookery course over zoom

Ministry of Food Leeds are running a 6 week online cookery course over zoom from tomorrow. It will be hosted by cookery trainers Yvonne, Anthony and Neil. You are welcome to cook-along or just simply watch and ask questions! This is a FREE course – full of healthy recipes and batch-cooking solutions – plus you will even be sent a certificate on completion of the course! To enrol, contact Tricia using the leaflet below.

 

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Alternatively, you can enrol by visiting https://try.oneyouleeds.co.uk/sign-up/
You MUST be a Leeds resident to enrol on this course.