De vez en cuando te cae entre manos un libro que empiezas por curiosidad y luego - como en este caso - te engancha y te sorprende. No es novela, es una recopilación de historias de los grandes exploradores... 750 páginas de cosas increíbles. Como me gusta meter citas en su página adecuada (véanse 'Citas') ahora meteré estos, pero como verás, me está regalando parrafos memorables... (lo siento, son en inglés - con un nivel intermedio se puede...)

Solitude, I reflected, is the one deep necessity of the human spirit to which adequate recognition is never given in our codes. It is looked upon as a discipline or a penance but hardly ever as the indispensable, pleasant ingredient it is to ordinary life, and from want of this recognition come half of our domestic troubles. The fear of an unbroken tete-a-tete for the rest of his life should, you would think, prevent any man from getting married. (Women are not so affected since they can usually be alone in their houses for most of the day if they wish.) Modern education ignores the need for solitude: hence a decline in religion, in poetry, in all the deeper affections of the spirit: a disease to be doing something always, as if one could never sit quietly and let the puppet show unroll itself before one: an inability to lose oneself in mystery and wonder while, like a wave lifting us into new seas, the history of the world develops around us

-          Freya Stark – The Valley of the Assassins, 1934 (quoted in The Faber Book of Exploration, Part 3,  P.401)

 

 

I climbed to the summit of the dune and lay peacefully in the sun, four hundred feet above the well.  A craving for privacy is something which Bedu (the Bedouins) will never understand; something which they will always instinctively mistrut

 - Wilfred Thesiger (quoted in The Faber Book of Exploration, Part 3,  P.203)

 

 “They asking me of our custom, I said ‘You are ground-sitters, but we sit high upon stools like the Turk’ - The legs of chair-sitters to hang all day they thought an insufferable fatigue”.

Charles Montagu Doughty; Arabia Felix – Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia, 1932 (quoted in The Faber Book of Exploration, Part 3,  P.363)

 

Sometimes, too, we went out in the rubber boat to look at ourselves by night.  Coal-black seas towered up on all sides and a glittering myriad of tropical stars drew a faint reflection from plankton in the water. The world was simple, stars in the darkness. Whether it was 1947 B.C. or A.D.  suddenly became of no significance. We lived, and that we felt with alert intensity. We realized that life had been full for men before the technical age also – indeed, fuller and richer in many ways than the life of modern man. Time and evolution somehow ceased to exist; all that was real and all that mattered were the same to-day as they had always been and would always be; up in the absolute common measure of history, endless unbroken darkness under a swarm of stars.

                - Thor Heyerdahl quoted in The Faber Book of Exploration, Chapter 1,  P.105

No sé de donde salió Mariano García, el saxofonista, pero nos hizo un conciertazo en el concierto de Enigma en el Auditorio de ZGZ esta noche. Una obra que no conocí - "Concertino de Cámara para Saxo Alto y 11 Instrumentos" de Jacques Ibert - pero que me dejó entusiasmado. Él y el resto de los componentes de este grupo musical fenomenal. Han subido la entrada a 7€ pero había más gente que normal. Que siga así la temporada que viene.

Esta semana vuelvo a mi violincico, tocando con Nacho Margeli en TWAS BRILLIG a las 21,30 este jueves en Bar Vertical (C/Latassa)

Y noticias de última hora..... CLUB DeSASTRE este sábado en el JSB a las 21,30 - 3€ la entrada. 

Nada más.

Sometimes, too, we went out in the rubber boat to look at ourselves by night. Coal-black seas towered up on all sides and a glittering myriad of tropical stars drew a faint reflection from plankton in the water. The world was simple, stars in the darkness. Whether it was 1947 B.C. or A.D. suddenly became of no significance. We lived, and that we felt with alert intensity. We realized that life had been full for men before the technical age also – indeed, fuller and richer in many ways than the life of modern man. Time and evolution somehow ceased to exist; all that was real and all that mattered were the same to-day as they had always been and would always be; up in the absolute common measure of history, endless unbroken darkness under a swarm of stars.
- Thor Heyerdahl quoted in The Faber Book of Exploration, Chapter 1, P.105

Mañana tengo actuación con nene y más cómicos de la Paramount en La Joy Eslava a las 21,00. Siempre un placer actuar en Madrid. Luego el viernes volveré a ZGZ para hacer mi show mensual en La Bóveda del Albergue. Un monólogo viejo... digo 'clásico'... 'No Quiero Hijos' seguido por un estreno... 'Stultophobia'. Todo eso por 5€.

Y el domingo estaré presentando las improvisaciones del Club DeSastre en el Juan Sebastián bar a las 21,00 - 3€ la entrada.

Y así empezamos The Merrie Monthe of Maye

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