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These 21 quotes prove that Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was a hopeless romantic

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“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” 

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“Tonight I can write the saddest lines
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”

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“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

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“You are like nobody since I love you.”

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“Through nights like this one I held her in my arms. I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.”

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“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.”

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“I am no longer in love with her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her. Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”

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“Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south?
Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed.”

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“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life”

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“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”

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“My soul is an empty carousel at sunset.”

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“I have forgotten your love, yet I seem to glimpse you in every window.”

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“Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.”

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“In love you loosened yourself like sea water.”

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“Like a jar you housed infinite tenderness
And the infinite tenderness shattered you like a jar.”

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“I searched, but no one else had your rhythms, your light, the shady day you brought from the forest;
Nobody had your tiny ears.”

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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this”

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“From your hips down to your feet
I want to make a long journey.”

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Who Was W.H. Hudson?

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William Henry Hudson was a gifted writer born on the Argentine Pampas in 1841 and grew up surrounded by nature. He was a self-taught naturalist and great observer of wildlife and particularly birds; (he was one of the first to campaign for their protection). I first came across him as the author of ‘Far Away and Long Ago’ a wonderful book about his mid 19th century youth on the plains, written from memory in later life. It told of a precarious life on a ranch in a frontier land guarded by armed garrisons in mud forts, with hostile indigenous people still roaming and a blood-thirsty civil war. He helped his father run the estancia and a trading store where he got to hear the stories of the Gauchos.  He had his own pony at six years old. This idyllic life was brought to an end by a tyrannical tutor followed by a placid but rather ineffective priest, and then his final tutor was a drunkard. He more or less taught himself after that. The young Hudson nearly died or typhus and later a fever weakened his heart and doctors said he would not live long. His mother died whilst he was still a teenager and he was employed to run a friend’s sheep farm. He made additional income collecting specimens of wildlife for American museums although he later hated collectors, unless it was for scientific reasons, and the destruction wrought by hunters.

He moved to England in his thirties. He lived an impoverished life in London but began to write scientific essays and reminiscences of Argentina and magazine articles and novels, Green Mansions being the best known. His first novel, The Purple Land, is said to have influenced Hemingway. He married his landlady. He was reticent about his private life and destroyed many of his personal papers. Much of what we know came from his letters and his writings, some of which are considered classic works of literature his work can be appreciated by anyone and was never sentimental. He achieved some fame from his later works about the English countryside such as A Shepherds’ Life. Although he suffered from ill health he lived to be 81.

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Central American and Caribbean Short Stories

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If you want some entertaining holiday reading I suggest ‘Central American and Caribbean Short Stories’ by Eduardo de Benito. This collection has recently been published by Pegasus. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at the launch in London’s Belgravia. Eduardo worked for many years in London as a broadcaster and writer for the BBC World Service and as correspondent of Spanish political weeklies. He certainly has had an interesting life in both the tropics and Europe. Now a bearded, bespectacled, grey-haired writer he was the son of Spanish exiles from Franco’s fascist regime in Spain, then brought up in Bogota, Mexico City, and Paris. He now based in North Norfolk where he is a keen sailor and walker. From his stories one can gather that he has had some hair-raising experiences and he admits the boundary between fiction and fact is far from clear.

Each of the five stories takes unexpected twists from the traumatic shock experienced by a young Scottish woman while she stays with the peaceful Kuna Indians on the archipelago of San Blas to the unplanned adventures of a French petit-bourgeois couple in Venezuela, Tobago, and Belize. These are sometimes based on real people; sometimes they are simply the product of the author’s imagination. All the stories have political undertones and touch on attitudes to class and race ‘The Table’ is about a well-to-do couple forced to flee from Europe in 1939, but share a boat with working-class compatriots and things get tricky when the drunken captain strands the boat in the middle of the jungle. Eduardo has a mischievous sense of humour too. ‘Of Urban Three-toed Sloths’ sees two bungling friends who are allegedly going to Costa Rica to do bird-watching, but end up embroiled in espionage among the swamps along the Nicaraguan border. The stories have a dark side none more so than ‘To be dead or alive is the same here’ which begins and ends in torture of a hapless journalist under Nicaragua’s Somoza dictatorship. ‘Don’t mention Coral reefs’ features the aforementioned French couple whose marriage undergoes a renaissance after bribing cops in Venezuela, the wife having an affair with a tour guide in Tobago, and the husband visiting a brothel in Belize. The book is an ideal summer read. Copies can be purchased direct from the publisher.

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20 Quotes from Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin was the first person to really put the Galapagos Islands on the map with his descriptions in The Journal during the voyage on the Beagle. Here are twenty of our favourite Charles Darwin quotes.

1. “I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men” – Charles Darwin

2. “The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.” – Charles Darwin

3. “Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.” – Charles Darwin

4. “Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.” – Charles Darwin

5.  “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” –  Charles Darwin

6. “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” – Charles Darwin

7. “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin

8. “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” – Charles Darwin

9. “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognise that we ought to control our thoughts.” – Charles Darwin

10. “I am not the least afraid to die” – Charles Darwin

11. “Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science.” – Charles Darwin

12. “We are not here concerned with hopes or fears, only with truth as far as our reason permits us to discover it.” –  Charles Darwin

13. “He who understands baboons would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.” – Charles Darwin

14. “The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.” –  Charles Darwin

15. “Such simple instincts as bees making a beehive could be sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.” – Charles Darwin

16. “A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, – a mere heart of stone.” – Charles Darwin

17. “One hand has surely worked throughout the universe.” – Charles Darwin

18. “In conclusion, it appears that nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in distant countries.” – Charles Darwin

19. “Our descent, then, is the origin of our evil passions!! The devil under form of Baboon is our grandfather. ” – Charles Darwin

20. “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me” – Charles Darwin

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Homage to Jorge Luis Borges [VID]

“Poets, like the blind, can see in the dark.” Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine poet and writer. Born in 1899 in Buenos Aires, he soon moved with his family to Switzerland and later travelled around Europe, particularly Spain before returning to his native country. Once back in Argentina in 1921 he began to publish his writing, mainly essays and poems in surrealist literary journals. Much of his work can be classed as within the genre of Magical Realism. He worked for some time as a librarian and public lecturer and was initially a supporter of the military juntas that overthrew the Peron regime, he was anti-communist and anti-fascist. In the late fifties Borges became blind due to a hereditary condition, although continued to write and became the professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires in the 1960s. He was also fluent in a number of European languages.

In was only in the 1960s that Borges work gained worldwide attention, mainly due to translations into English. His surrealist work has a large impact of philosophical literature as well as the fantasy genre. His most famous work Ficciones published in 1944 is compilation of short stories woven together with a common theme. Philosophy, labyrinths, religion and god were all common subjects in his work. Borges’ work has paved the way for a new generation of Spanish American writers.

The video is homage to his work by Ian Ruschel.

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