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Perhaps life is just that - a dream and a fear
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes
The thing I fear most is fear
Michel de Montaigne, Les Essais
"I think you're scared." He took hold of my hand. His was strong, hard, warm and slightly sticky. "I know you're scared," he whispered.
"I'll get over it," I said. "One way or another."
Raymond Chandler, Farewell My Lovely
The irony of the photograph is that the guy is secure enough to wear a jacket with INSECURITY on it. Or maybe he just doesn't speak English.
Courage in Japanese is yu 勇 or yuki 勇気. Anxiety in Japanese is fuan 不安. Fear in Japanese is kyofu 恐怖.
All humans have weaknesses - like selfishness and pride - and fears - like the fear of death or the fear of the unknown or the fear of failure. How do we face our weaknesses and fears and understand them and overcome them? That question - and the answer - will be left behind when we die.
So what is written on your jacket?
Language note 1
Words with long or double vowel sounds can be written in English with a macron bar diacritic in the Hepburn romanization system or with an extra letter. For example勇 can be written yū or yuu which are more accurate and more helpful for readers than yu. But we write judo and aikido in Tokyo not jūdō and aikidō in Tōkyō or - even more clumsily - juudou and aikidou in Toukyou. So for consistency as well as...More
Dr Who by Science Museum London used under creative commons licence
Time takes a cigarette
Puts it in your mouth
David Bowie, Rock ‘n' Roll Suicide
Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river that sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that tears me apart, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
Jorge Luis Borges, A New Refutation of Time
Did I ever make a Time Machine, or a model of a Time Machine? Or is it all only a dream? They say life is a dream, a precious poor dream at times - but I can't stand another that won't fit. It's madness. And where did the dream come from?
The Time Machine, written by H G Wells
We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back - are memories. And those that carry us forward - are dreams.
The Time Machine, directed by Simon Wells
My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.
Life on Mars
I saw Chonmage Pudding (in Japanese Chonmage Purin ちょんまげぷりん) a few days ago. It's a romantic comedy. But it's also a time travel movie - in Japan they say time slip. A samurai from the Edo period somehow travels forward in time to the present.
Often a star from the music and entertainment world - so not primarily an actor - will be i
seeing double - is it a tiebar or is it a pencil? by keiko used with permission
I am the magnificent, baby
Double-U oh oh oh oh
Phil and Ansel Collins, Double Barrel
Comes over one an absolute necessity to move. And what is more, to move in some particular direction. A double necessity then: to get on the move, and to know whither.
D H Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia
We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice. Where is the skilful swordsman who can give clean wounds, and not rip up his work with the other edge?
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
There are a lot of loan words in Japanese. Some are very interesting and clever. サボる - saboru - is sabotage with a Japanese verb ending. It means to cut class or work. フライング - furaingu - comes from flying start. It came from a false start in athletics but now it's used for anything that starts off too early.
And W. W is the letter double-U of course. So W is used as a very neat shorthand for double. Two. Or two times. You often see it in advertising copy. So on packaging W means double volume or double thickness.
The photo above is a tiebar that doubles as a mechanical pencil. Normally you wouldn't be able to see the pencil tip because it would be completely retracted and also it would be clipped behind the shirt. A mechanical pencil in Japanese is always
On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit.' As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.
I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racing with the wind
Steppenwolf, Born to be Wild
No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have a speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will.
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still
Robert Frost, The Master Speed
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
I watched Senna recently. It's a 2010 documentary movie about Ayrton Senna, the brilliant Brazilian Formula One racing driver. By chance it was just about the anniversary of his death. He died on 1 May 1994 aged 34. It's a moving film. There is a shot of three Japanese F1 announcers breaking down in tears as they gave the news of his death.
Something about Ayrton Senna struck a chord in Japan. He was one of the most popular foreign athletes ever. He was