An existential cry of a singularity in a bewildering Multiverse ! An eclectic collection of my life events, thoughts and vistas through my Nikon a Biro and sometimes inspiration from others I meet on my journey!
If you are wondering; “Die Seinsfrage” is a famous philosophical question, “the question of being”, posed by Martin Heidegger; who was reflecting on Edmund’s Hurrserl maxim “to things themselves !”
I hope to explore and reflect on in the coming posts and rants, as well as sharing some of my life experiences and vistas !
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A glass, is it half …………………
Like your mind it really doesn’t matter if it is half empty or half full, neither does it matter how heavy it feels. It is more to do with how long you hold on to it. No matter how light or how full it is, 
If it is heavy but you only hold it for a short while it will probably have little, if no, long term effects. However, if you keep hold on to it for a disproportionate amount if time the glass, and it’s contents, will weigh you down.
The same applies to our problems, issues, scripts, reactions, thoughts, feelings, etc. if we keep hold; if we do not share; if we keep it to ourselves; if do not let go; if we keep reliving or regurgitating the same line or scene ; if do not put that thought down. It becomes unbearably heavy and we cease to function appropriately or adequately !
Keep talking, keep sharing and let go !

A glass, is it half …………………
Like your mind it really doesn’t matter if it is half empty or half full, neither does it matter how heavy it feels. It is more to do with how long you hold on to it. No matter how light or how full it is,
If it is heavy but you only hold it for a short while it will probably have little, if no, long term effects. However, if you keep hold on to it for a disproportionate amount if time the glass, and it’s contents, will weigh you down.
The same applies to our problems, issues, scripts, reactions, thoughts, feelings, etc. if we keep hold; if we do not share; if we keep it to ourselves; if do not let go; if we keep reliving or regurgitating the same line or scene ; if do not put that thought down. It becomes unbearably heavy and we cease to function appropriately or adequately !
Keep talking, keep sharing and let go !

The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted:
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the starts that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end they remain.

Laurence Binyon
Penned in September 1914 at Pentire Poin
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Recollection of a Climber - July 2013

I am feeling worn out today - I have had a very eventful week’s climbing.

I started the week of with an excursion to Bamford Edge with Andy Smythe. Andy led the delightful Wrinkled Wall and the Reach (VS 4c) and Twin Cracks (VS 4b); I managed to be on the pointed end Bamford Buttress (S 4a)

Thursday gave us a chance to experience Windgather. Graeme Vanderhoven and I worked up the grades: Starting with soloing some easy pickings. Graeme led Mississippi Crack (S 4a); I managed Medicine (HS 4a), North Buttress Direct (HVD 4a) and Rib Right Hand (VS 4c - HS 4b). Graeme excelled on the very necky Portfolio (HVS 5a) and completed the day by attempting South Buttress Direct (E1 5b). We both ended up doing the Routes either side of the buttress strangely named 1 and 1.5 (HVS 4c & HS 4a). The day ended with beautiful sunset, which I luckily captured before my camera started playing up.

Friday I met Adrian Whitehall and struggled up some old famous routes Burbage South: such as the strenuous Bynes Crack (VS 4c) -Brookes Layback was too green to even consider- and the magnificent and ungainly, swimming  like struggle, of the Roof Route (VS 4c), which Adrian managed to lead and grunt up after I had backed off for the complete lack of big gear See big Hexes are useful). This was after we had both been repelled by Tower Climb (HS 4b) and Tower Crack HVS 5a). Unfortunately, I did not have a camera with me - just managed couple of awful shot from my phone -sorry Adrian, I have no images of our struggles !!!

Saturday was more successful, apart from being rained off of Yarncliffe. Graeme led Ant Crack (S 4a) and Hidden Crack VS 5a), finishing on the unprotected Cardinal’s Arête (VS 4b). All very sandy after the rain the day before !!!!! However, the days was spoilt with my camera packing up and taking most of the days images with it :-(.

Sunday found us exploring the Loadstone delights of Beacon Hill. A time for a top rope after warming up on some of the delightful solo routes (including: Starlight (HS 4b); Forest Slabs (D) The Last Straw (HS4b, etc.) The additional protection allowed us experience Heart of the Sunrise (E1 5c), Relayer (E1 5c), Third Time Lucky (E1 5c) and Graeme’s magnificent ascent of Starship Trooper (E1 6a).  Additional protection is really needed with the bloody awful neck breaking landings. Considering the complete lack of protection on any of these routes and the precarious landing I would grade them all E2 /3. Well done Graeme !
I haven’t climbed so much in such a short time for a long long time :-). All in all a Roller Coaster Ride of events and grades; succeeding on a E1 (E2) 5c; being completely confounded by a S 4a after being ungraciously spat out of VS (the File) the week before !

I feel wacked and will be relaxing today but, considering the blessed rain,  will have some leisurely evening sport at Nottingham Wall tonight  :-)

Monday - Bamford Edge - Andy

  • Wrinked Wall VS 4c
  • Reach VS 4c
  • Twin Cracks VS 4b
  • Bamford Buttress S 4a

Thursday - Windgather - Graeme

  • Mississippi crack S 4a
  • The medicine HS 4a
  • The rib right hand VS 4c
  • Portfolio HVS 5b
  • North buttress direct HVD 4a
  • Attempted south buttress arête direct E1 5b
  • Route 1.5 HVS 4c
  • Route 1 HS 4a


Friday - Burbage South - Adrian

  • Byne’s Crack VS 4b
  • Roof Roote - VS 4c (feels like E1 5a without a big hex or cam)

Saturday - Yarncliffe - Graeme

  • Ant Crack VS 4b
  • Hidden Crack VS 5a
  • Cardinal Arete VS 4b

Sunday - Beacon Hill - Graeme

  • Star Light HS 4b
  • Forest Slab D
  • The Last Straw HS 4b
  • Relayer E1 15c
  • The Heart of the Sunrise E1 5c
  • Third Time Lucky E1 5c
  • Star Ship Trooper E1 6a

All good memories ;-)