Charles Cowling
    “If, as we get on each day living in the present, we spend some time seriously thinking about [death]; if we talk about it now and then – here, perhaps, and with friends and relatives; if we seek out and read what others have written about it; if
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Vale The book of the week on Radio 4 this week has been the Winter Journal by Paul Auster. I was struck by two quotes from Joseph Joubert included in today’s excerpt. Joubert, who was living in the early 1800s, published nothing in his lifetime but a
Charles Cowling
When debating the murder of 6 Sikhs in Wisconsin by a white supremacist: Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal accused Akali Dal of “baking political cake on funeral pyre” of the victims. Source
Charles Cowling
    Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: ‘Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.’ That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.   Albert Camus, The Outsider   Hat tip Richard Rawlinson
Charles Cowling
    “This was the last of the fast Oval pitches. If Malcolm hadn’t taken nine for 57, there might have been a case for making Harry Brind the man of the match. Brind, in his last season as head groundsman at Surrey, produced a glorious wicket: hard, fast and
Charles Cowling
        “For me there’s a daffodil in every dustbin.”   Eric Sykes, who died today. 
Charles Cowling
  From Matthew Parris’ column in yesterday’s Times: “My sister … remarked lightly one evening that as men get old we turn into either lizards or toads: one or the other, there is no escape, no third option.” If you’re a man, which one are you turning into?   Male
Charles Cowling
    “It is the role of the mortuary staff to pack orifices, not the nurse.”     NHS guide to last offices here.        
Charles Cowling
        “One of the best pieces of advice I had came from a friend whose husband died suddenly… “Don’t forget that you are you,” she said cryptically. How right she was. She meant that I should not allow myself to be changed by my experience of grief.”
Charles Cowling
    “When a very loved friend dies they make a gift of their love of life to you in that it’s now your responsibility to love life as much as they did.”   Martin Amis on the death of his lifelong friend Christopher Hitchens