Collection of Anthony J Sargeant – An Early English Needlework Panel – possibly 17th Century

Collection of Anthony J Sargeant - An Early English Needlework Panel - possibly 17th Century

In the collection of Anthony Sargeant. Tony bought this panel at a Sotheby’s auction in Amsterdam about 20 years ago. It measures approximately 40 by 80cm. The subject could be Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when the angel appears to him,

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A quotation of Enoch Powell’s

“All quotation is taken out of context”

This is almost a definition of a quotation as commonly used.

Enoch Powell himself was a victim of this as all public figures are. As a classical scholar his illusion to the ‘rivers of blood’ referred to the The Tiber of ancient Rome.

One is also reminded of the George Eliot novel where one of the characters remarks that the overuse of quotation from those far more literate and clever than oneself can kill conversation.

And so for all sorts of reasons we should be careful not to use quotation too frequently or as a substitute for thinking for ourselves.    Anthony J Sargeant

Anthony J Sargeant – Thoughts on losing weight, diet and exercise

Forget complicated diets and expensive gym equipment. If you want to lose weight the solution is simple …. eat less.

One way to do this is to limit oneself to a small chinese bowl of food for your main meal. Then eat whatever you like as long as there is a reasonable balance of fat,carbohydrate, and protein along with some fruit and vegetables for vitamins and essential minerals. It helps to eat with chopsticks so that you slow down the rate of eating and you can savour the nice food that you choose. But no snacking during the day!

As a motivational aid it is a good idea to weigh yourself first thing every day when you get out of bed. You don’t need expensive electronic scales, ordinary spring balance bathroom scales are perfectly adequate (indeed probably more reliable – less to go wrong). Try to leave the scales in position and not move them around and step on and off them a few times to make sure they are consistent and don’t forget to zero them.

Then plot your weight day by day. In the first few days you will see a rapid drop in weight as water is lost but after that the loss will be slower but steady as shown in my own weight loss graph which is attached.

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Anthony J Sargeant reflects on Natural Selection, Evolution, and Religion

Natural selection favoured a rather small and inconspicuous group of mammals who would survive by working co-operatively together in small groups. These groups needed to communicate in order to work together. The better they were able to communicate the better was their chance of survival.

As that ability to communicate developed so did the mammals need to express the survival imperative (for their genes) of being part of a community : to codify and embed that survival strategy in the idea that each human animal was necessarily part of something that transcended its own individual survival. That transcendent other was expressed in religious terms from the earliest human societies onwards. But it is a mythology (NB Mythology is an extended metaphor) or as Richard Dawkins would rightly observe an illusion (the God Illusion, or The Selfish Gene) but an illusion that was important for the survival of the human species at the beginning of its development.

Anthony J Sargeant in 1966

Anthony J Sargeant at the top of the Gross Glockner Pass in Austria in 1966. En route to Yugoslavia with G driving my Cambridge blue Austin A35 van whic boiled at every hairpin on the ascent – had to wedge the bonnet open with a sandal to try to get some cooling onto the engine.

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