Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The great moth of sleep

To all those who mentor ...

The CEO mentors -- at Dilbert

The great moth of sleep alighted upon me yesterday afternoon, and as I drifted off my thoughts turned towards the Fool.
"In literature, the jester is symbolic of common sense and of honesty, notably in King Lear, the court jester is a character used for insight and advice on the part of the monarch, taking advantage of his license to mock and speak freely to dispense frank observations and highlight the folly of his monarch. This presents a clashing irony as a "greater" man could dispense the same advice and find himself being detained in the dungeons or even executed. Only as the lowliest member of the court can the jester be the monarch's most useful adviser.
"Jesters could also give bad news to the King that no one else would dare deliver. The best example of this is in 1340, when the French fleet was destroyed at the Battle of Sluys by the English. Phillippe VI's jester told him the English sailors "don't even have the guts to jump into the water like our brave French".
And then, for some reason, I thought of Jeremy Clarkson ...


The house painters are back!


A novelty door stop .. (in Wells this morning)