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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Thing To Do Today: be jolted.


Along the cool sequestered vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
 
Those lines are from Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
 
Living in a cool vale and keeping a noiseless tenor of our way sound rather nice.
 
But...
 
Oh, come on you lot, seize the day. Take - or at least notice - the untrod path. Go on, risk giving yourself a bit of a jolt.
 
Colpo di lampo
Photo by Mark Coldren
 
Read a copy of that dreadful newspaper.
 
Try the jellied eels.
 
Go to see the film.
 
Choose a random number under a thousand and then read a book from your library with that Dewey Decimal number** (if your country doesn't use Dewey Decimal numbers then you can find a key to the sections HERE. But choose your number first.)
 
Let's face it, who really wants to live in a cool vale? It's way too much like a rut.
 
Thing To Do Today: be jolted. The word jolt was first used in the 1500s and is probably a blend of the dialect words jot, to jerk, and joll, to jump.
 
 *Yes, it's noiseless tenor, not even tenor, despite what everybody says.

**The germ of this idea came from a programme on BBC Radio 4 featuring Brian Eno.

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