Friday, March 31, 2006

A E Housman

When I would muse in boyhood
The wild green woods among,
And nurse resolves and fancies
Because the world was young,
It was not foes to conquer,
Nor sweethearts to be kind,
But it was friends to die for
That I would seek and find.

I sought them and I found them,
The sure, the straight, the brave,
The hearts I lost my own to,
The souls I could not save.
They braced their belts around them,
They crossed in ships the sea,
They sought and found six feet of ground,
And there they died for me.

From 'Last Poems' by A E Housman


More poems at:

Joseph Cady at has written about A E Housman and his poetry, including A Shropshire Lad (1896). There is also an article on Housman at :

The following is based partly on the information in these articles.

Housman held the Chair of Latin at Cambridge from 1911.

Housman loved Moses Jackson an Oxford classmate. Jackson was the subject of Housman's most autobiographical poems.

When Housman first went to Oxford in 1877, he shared rooms with Jackson.

Later, Housman shared London lodgings with Jackson and his younger brother Adalbert.

Adalbert and Housman seem to have had an affair, and Housman wrote two moving tributes (More Poems 41 and 42) to him after his sudden death from typhoid in 1892.

In late 1885, 'a breach occurred between Housman and Jackson'.

Jackson moved to India to teach in 1887.

Jackson lived abroad for most of the rest of his life. He made a few short visits to England. He continued to write to Housman.

Housman seems to have continued seeing Adalbert Jackson in London until his death.

In 1900 A. E. Housman was on holiday in Venice when he befriended a 23-year-old gondolier, Andrea. A. E. Housman then visited regularly.

A. E. Housman also travelled to Paris and Italy regularly to indulge in his gastronomic and sexual tastes.

Housman was angered by persecution of homosexuals. Housman was inspired to write A Shropshire Lad partly because of Oscar Wilde's conviction in 1895 and partly because of the suicide of a young naval cadet in 1895.

He wrote poems about each (Additional Poems 18, A Shropshire Lad 44 and 45).

Cady writes:

Housman seems to have written chiefly to support and encourage a beleaguered male homosexual community of readers... He conveys it metaphorically in A Shropshire Lad 63 ("up and down I sow them / For lads like me to find")

I HOED and trenched and weeded,
And took the flowers to fair:
I brought them home unheeded;
The hue was not the wear.

So up and down I sow them
For lads like me to find,
When I shall lie below them,
A dead man out of mind.

Some seed the birds devour,
And some the season mars,
But here and there will flower
The solitary stars,

And fields will yearly bear them
As light-leaved spring comes on,
And luckless lads will wear them
When I am dead and gone.

Cady explains that in A Shropshire Lad, only eight of the sixty-three poems clearly depict heterosexual situations, and of the other personal lyrics, five leave the gender of the beloved unspecified (a common device in earlier homosexual writing), and seventeen fasten on "lads," "friends," or other male figures.

Last Poems

Some of these are about "lads," "friends," and "comrades."

Housman writes:

"Keep we must, if keep we can,
These foreign laws of God and man"

More Poems has poems about Jackson (12, 30, and 31), Adalbert (41, 42) and the Venetian gondolier, Andrea (44).

Additional Poems

"Oh who is that young sinner" (18), is about Oscar Wilde.


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Paul Verlaine

Verlaine liked boys but also wrote about girls.


Pensionnaires by Paul Verlaine

The one was fifteen years old, the other sixteen
And they both slept in the same little room.
It happened on an oppressive September eve--
Fragile things! blue-eyed with cheeks of ivory.

To cool their frail bodies each removed
Her dainty chemise fresh with the perfume of amber.
The younger raised her hands and bent backwards,
And her sister, her hands on her breasts, kissed her.

Then fell on her knees, and, in a frenzy,
Grasped her limbs to her cheek, and her mouth
Caressed the blonde gold within the grey shadows:

And during all that time the younger counted
On her darling fingers the promised waltzes,
And, blushing, smiled innocently.

- translated by Francois Pirous

More Verlaine poems at:


A verse from A La Promenade (1870) by Paul Verlaine

The milky sky, the hazy, slender trees,
Seem smiling on the light costumes we wear,—
Our gauzy floating veils that have an air
Of wings, our satins fluttering in the breeze...


Verlaine's Les Amies (1868), described lesbian love: the couplings of adolescent girls.

According to Gretchen Schultz at

In darkly warm, perfumed and languorous settings, naive and delicious young creatures speak of and make love, wearing thin robes of cotton and surrounded by muslin drapes.


Verlaine married Mathilde Mauté but became the lover of a youthful Arthur Rimbaud.

Verlaine fell out with Rimbaud.

In 1878, Verlaine fell in love with a young student, Lucien Létinois.

Letinois died of typhoid.

In 1883, Verlaine moved to the countryside where he was involved in the seductions of farm boys and boys brought in from Paris.

Verlaine died in 1896, at the home of a prostitute.


"In Verlaine's works two impressions predominate: that only self is important, and that the function of poetry is to preserve moments of extreme sensation and unique impressions."


Clair De Lune

Your soul is as a moonlit landscape fair,
Peopled with maskers delicate and dim,
That play on lutes and dance and have an air
Of being sad in their fantastic trim.

The while they celebrate in minor strain
Triumphant love, effective enterprise,
They have an air of knowing all is vain,—
And through the quiet moonlight their songs rise,

The melancholy moonlight, sweet and lone,
That makes to dream the birds upon the tree,
And in their polished basins of white stone
The fountains tall to sob with ecstasy.




Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches
Et puis voici mon coeur, qui ne bat que pour vous,
Ne le déchirez pas avec vos deux mains blanches,
Et qu'à vos yeux si beaux l'humble présent soit doux.
J'arrive tout couvert encore de rosée
Que le vent du matin vient glacer à mon front.
Souffrez que ma fatique, à vos pieds reposée,
Réve des chers instants qui la délasseront.
Sur votre jeune sein laissez rouler ma tête
Toute sonore encor de vos derniers baisers;
Laissez-la s'apaiser de la bonne tempête,
Et que je dorme un peu puisque vous reposez.


Friday, March 24, 2006

Ali Baba

The following is translated from the original Spanish:

Somewhere in South America, 2007.

X. Well, colonel, as you know, the purpose of Operation Sword is to persuade the public that there really are these dangerous terrorists out there and that we must invade our neighbour. There have been rumours that some of the terrorists were working for us. There are too many people doubting the official versions of events.

Y. Which parts of the public are we targetting in particular?

X. I think most people are included in the following list: shoppers, sports fans, people who go out in the evening to places of entertainment, people who eat fast food, people who use public transport, people who use public toilets.

Y. Who is our key man?

X. Ali Baba. He worked for us in Ecuador. He’s fond of money, girls, boys and drugs. He's recruited a few former criminals, lunatics and losers.

Y. You mentioned shoppers?

X. Yes, the story will be that Ali Baba’s group planned to bomb shops, public toilets, sports grounds, and pubs.

Y. Public toilets?

X. We thought of toy shops, primary schools and children’s hospitals but decided toilets would be more memorable.

Y. Sports grounds. We need a big name here.

X. We need a sports ground that is well known around the world. You like the basic idea? The public will be really furious with these terrorists.

Y. Why is Ali Baba not appearing to target the top people?

X. You are joking.

Y. I was thinking of the object that hit military HQ. That attack made people think that it was not the military that was behind the terror.

X. That was clever. As you know, the part that was hit had been under construction.But our bosses do not want to take the risk that someone important might be killed by accident. Remember that diplomat who was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the consulate garden got hit.

Y. In any case, your Ali Baba is not going to actually let off any bombs.

X. Exactly. A simple court case is less messy and the public can see photos of Ali Baba and his gang.

Y. Court case?

X. Yes. Ali Baba will make a confession. There will be excellent evidence, just like they had in the Lockerbie case in Europe.

Y. What happens to Ali Baba and his friends?

X. What happened to the Guy Fawkes plotters over in Europe? Ali Baba will go to prison but will then disappear. His gang will not be so lucky.


Monday, March 20, 2006

How old is love?

How odd of God
To choose Hindus

Were the Hindus the first people to discover the nature of goodness and the nature of God?

In the 4th century BC the Hindus had the Bhagavad Gita which presents sophisticated ideas about God and the afterlife.


How odd of God
To choose the Jews

The Old Testament may also date back to the 4th century BC.

But, what if we go much further back than the 4th century BC?

It is quite possible that 150,000 years ago there were humans who believed in a spiritual world and who acted in an altruistic way.

And if we go much further back than 150,000 years?

Before we had humans we had chimpanzees.

There are Bonobo chimps and there are the Common chimps.

According to an article at Wikipedia ( ) :

Professor Frans de Waal, one of the world's leading primatologists, has found that the Bonobo is often capable of altruism, compassion, empathy, kindness, patience and sensitivity.

Recent observations in the wild have confirmed that the males among the Common Chimpanzee troops are extraordinarily hostile to males from outside of the troop.

Murder parties are organized to "patrol" for the unfortunate males who might be living nearby in a solitary state.

This does not appear to be the behavior of the Bonobo males or females, which both seem to prefer to "make love" with their group rather than seek "war" with outsiders.

So, the Bonobo love their neighbours but some of the common chimps act like Bush and Blair.

Not all of the Common chimps are badly brought-up and behave like bullies.

Henry Makow ( ) describes how some people follow a God of love and some follow a God who is a bully.

Makow writes:

Douglas Reed's book, "The Controversy of Zion" (completed in 1956 but published in 1978) has helped me to understand my ambivalent reaction to both Judaism and Israel.

During the 1930's, Reed was the "London Times" corespondent in Berlin, Vienna and Budapest. He accompanied Anthony Eden to Moscow in 1935.

When his warnings of Hitler's warlike intentions were spiked, he quit the newspaper in order to search for the hidden agenda.

The title of Reed's book refers to an age-old "controversy" between those Jews who believe in a loving God and those whose image of God is spiteful and tyrannical.

According to Reed, the "House of Joseph" believed the Divine Principle is love and universal brotherhood. These Jews were inclined to identify with their gentile neighbors and devote their energies to the common betterment of humanity.

On the other hand, the "Levites" championed a vision of a capricious vengeful God ("Moloch") that demanded his followers segregate themselves ("chosen people") and obey an arbitrary law.

Obeying the Lord and achieving hegemony over the gentiles were synonymous. If the Levites didn't obey, they would be persecuted. If they did, they would destroy the Gentiles and rule the earth. Persecution, revenge and destruction, was an integral part of their identity.

Reed cites Deuteronomy as an example: "This day will I begin to put the dread of thee, and the fear of thee upon the nations...And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee, thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them nor show mercy unto them; neither shall thou make marriages with them...For the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth.."

According to Reed: "Thus, the itinerant priests [turned] one small, captive people away from the rising idea of a God of all men, to reinstate a bloodthirsty tribal deity and racial law, and to send the followers of this creed on their way through the centuries with a destructive mission...The end was to be the triumphant consummation in Jerusalem when world dominion was to be established on the ruins of the heathen and their kingdoms."

The Old Testament contains both the hateful and loving image of God, which is very confusing. Jesus championed the loving image and denounced the priests for making arbitrary laws in the name of the tyrannical god.

Humans may be descended from kindly Bonobos and well brought-up Common Chimps and badly brought-up Common Chimps?


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Sarah Payne, Roy Whiting and a conspiracy?

Sources: Rigorous Intuition: August 2005 What do kids know?,,1729054,00.html

On 1 July 2000, eight-year old Sarah Payne was snatched from a street in West Sussex, England.

On 2 July Roy Whiting, who had previously been convicted of kidnapping a little girl, was arrested for the first time. He was then released on police bail.

On 31 July Whiting was arrested for a second time and, again, released on police bail.

Did Whiting have friends in high places?

On 6 February 2001 Whiting was arrested for a third time and charged with murder.

Roy Whiting was convicted of Sarah Payne's abduction and murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

After Whiting was convicted, the jury heard that, in 1995, Whiting had kidnapped a nine-year-old girl, threatened her with a knife and indecently assaulted her. Whiting had served just over half of a four-year sentence.

Did Whiting have friends in high places?

Rigorous Intuition ( What do kids know? ) tells us that Sarah left behind a painting, displayed in her classroom, which was reproduced in the London Sun newspaper:

a man standing upon a 13-square checkered floor, between columns bearing Sarah's name.

He wears what appears to be an apron of 33 studs, and holds an object in his left hand.

His right sleeve is missing.

Investigator Ellis Taylor asks, "Where do we find black and white checkerboard floors, the number 13 and two columns? ... Who would wear an item of clothing with the right sleeve missing...wear aprons and revere the number 33?"

Rigorous Intuition refers to freemasonry.

Taylor writes:

There is a strong suggestion of paedophillia in this painting and it seems exceedingly strange that little Sarah met her death under just these circumstances. I ask you "Is this (when you consider Sarah's artwork) likely to have been the first time that she has suffered abuse?"

Rigorous Intuition writes:

Taylor doesn't deny Whiting's guilt, but wonders whether the guilt deservedly rests wholly on his shoulders:

"Is Roy Whiting carrying the can for others?"

Sarah Payne's killer in plea for early release,,1729054,00.html


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Blair minister Margaret Hodge; Margaret Oppenheimer; child abuse in Islington

Child abuse in Islington, London:

"Stories began to emerge: of sinister adults preying on children who were lured into private houses or abused in care homes, which were being used as under-age brothels. Davies and several other care workers became convinced a paedophile ring was at work in the area.

"In 1990 Davies's colleague, David Cofie, raised the issue at a forum of local residents. He also took his claims direct to Hodge, who was the local ward councillor. Davies asked for more resources to tackle the problem, but Hodge turned the request down...

"Even as they uncovered stories of children being taken away by adults on weekend trips to the country or being placed in homes with suspected abusers, Davies said her team's work was ignored...

"The final straw came when a seven-year-old boy was placed in a home run by someone she had already warned about. 'I remember seeing that child cowering in a corner inside that home,'"

Source: Paul Harris and Martin Bright investigated how a 12-year-old saga of child abuse and cover-ups returned to haunt Children's Minister Margaret Hodge, 6 July 2003.,12816,992458,00.html


Mr R.

"A former deputy director of a children's home in Islington, north London has been charged with molesting young boys in Thailand...

"In the 1980s Mr R. was the deputy director of a children's home in Highbury, north London, run by Islington borough council.

"Allegations that boys in care homes in Islington were abused were not properly examined, according to an independent inquiry into child welfare in the borough...

"A boy who had been in his care in Islington told Sussex police that Mr R. had abused him. There was no corroborating evidence, however, and no prosecution was ever mounted.

Source: Telegraph 17 July 2005

Telegraph News London care home chief 'used games to lure Thai ...


Margaret Hodge is one of Britain's better known Jewish MPs.

She was born in Egypt as Margaret Oppenheimer, the daughter of a millionaire German Jewish high-Tory steel trader and his Austrian Jewish wife.



"For much of the decade that Margaret Hodge led Islington council in north London she was known - without much affection - as Enver Hodge, with reference to the former dictator of Stalinist Albania."


"Mrs Hodge was in her final year at Islington when, on October 6 1992, under the headline The Scandal at the Heart of Child Care, London's Evening Standard newspaper alleged that young people in Islington care homes had "descended into a life of degradation and exploitation". It said suspected pimps were having sex with children and that youngsters in care were being seduced into drugs, homosexuality and prostitution.

"The Standard claimed that a 15-year-old girl entertained men in her room for cash. A 17-year-old girl was alleged to have brought a violent pimp, prostitute and drug dealer into an Islington unit for teenagers, where they gave her cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.

"The paper described one care home where "pregnancies and miscarriages were routine, and police often arrested men, unofficially living there, on drugs and burglary offences".



The Right Honourable Margaret Eve, Lady Hodge MBE was born on 8 September 1944.

Hodge is Labour Party member of Parliament for Barking.

She was the first Minister for Children appointed, by Tony Blair, in a newly created post within the Department for Education and Skills in 2003.

In 2003 she was involved in a controversy about press coverage of a man who accused her of being ultimately responsible for abuse he suffered as a child in a home overseen by Mrs Hodge as leader of Islington Council.


"Following a media campaign conducted by several national newspapers calling for her to resign, she was further drawn into the controversy by responding to the man in question by letter and referring to him in it as 'extremely disturbed'.

"Following this the man passed the letter to the press which planned to publish it, only to be judicially restrained from doing so at the instruction of Mrs Hodge.

"The letter was eventually published, mainly on the grounds that the blocking of the letter was seen as disproportionate to the reaction from the press, who usually resist such legal interference in their right to publish.

"Mrs Hodge was forced to publicly apologise and offer to contribute to a charity of the man's choosing as recompense. This effectively ended the affair in the eyes of the press.

"Privacy International awarded Margaret Hodge the 2004 Big Brother Award for 'Worst Public Servant' for her backing of controversial initiatives including the Universal Child Database.

"At a keynote speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research on 26 November, 2004, Hodge strongly defended the idea of greater state regulation of individuals' choices, stating that 'some may call it the nanny state but I call it a force for good'."



Monday, March 06, 2006

Peter and Gordon

In The Spectator, 7 November 1998, Steven Glover wrote about UK government ministers and gay sex.

Spectator, The: Messrs Blair and Campbell didn't know about the ...

Ron Davies was a Blair government minister who got into trouble.

The Spectator article explained that:

‘The government tried to frighten newspapers off as Mr Davies's resignation became public. The Sun received a call from a government lawyer threatening action if any reference was made to gay sex.’

The Sun is a Murdoch - News International paper.

The Spectator article referred to the Sun newspaper’s attitude to former Blair minister Peter Mandelson:

‘The Sun carried a leader which accepted...the assertion that Mr Mandelson is a homosexual and went on to pronounce that `the old-fashioned gay-bashing is over'...

The Spectator pointed out :

'The truth is that Mr Mandelson does represent the most important channel between New Labour and News International, and Mr Murdoch doesn't want to lose him...'

The Spectator article continued:

‘On Tuesday the Sun carried a picture on its front page of Mr Mandelson and Gordon Brown under the headline 'Outed'.’


Ian Bell, in The Sunday Herald, 29 January 2006, wrote an article entitled: If being the only gay in the political village still matters, we’re all in trouble.

Bell wrote:

Think only of the curious case of Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer. This summer, so we must hope, Mr Brown and his wife will greet the arrival of their second child. I wish all concerned long life and happiness, sincerely. But I can also remember election campaigns in the 1990s when squalid rumours were being spread, when a certain tabloid – let’s call it Helios – had reporters swarming over Fife in search of “personal stories”, preferably squalid, regarding Labour’s rising star. Old friends of the now-Chancellor received unexpected, inquiring phone calls. Why? He had been single for a while.