Meditation

Are you interested in meditation, then do signup for the event on Friday November 26!

 

This is a personally-led meditation session for everyone, lasting about an hour, and will be a live ZOOM event. Our guide, Doreen, is an ESCC member with many years of meditation experience both at home and abroad. Meditating is easy (you cannot do it wrong) the benefits are shown to be life enhancing in every way. Meditation requires nothing more than to just be there.

Events, online and not

As we are getting closer to a less restricted daily environment, we are getting more and more events planned that will be in person and face to face.

This is great news but it still wont replace the ZOOM-meeting completely, if you check our current event list you will find events that are held by persons from another continent đŸ™‚ . This would be hard to achive if we hadn’t learned to use digital means during the current pandemic.

So please, check our website and see if you can’t find an event that will fit you!

ESCC SoftBall

Hello fellow ESCCers!

It’s time to mark your calendar with Softball on Gardet Saturday 4 September.

As we have in the past, we we’ll meet up with Toni Olander at Gardet at the far end of the Swedish Film Institute (situated near the end of Valhallavagen) at 2:00 pm.

We will then find a suitable place for a friendly ESCC-style softball game with no experience required. But one thing is needed–a ‘crowd’ of players! And if you happen to have a bat, ball or gloves please bring them with you.

After the game we will stroll over the field to the playground grill with Anita for hotdogs!

Please sign up with me Anita Coty-Irestrand by Friday 3 September so that we know how much food and drink etc to buy.

anita@escc.se (070 397 1029).

ESCC Poetry Evening 18 May 2021

This event was arranged and hosted by Toni Olander. Six people attended this event which focused on the English poet Philip Larkin (1922-1985). Each of us chose one Larkin poem to read and present to the group and what a fascinating assortment of themes came up, ranging from the experience of going into an empty church (‘Church Going’) to being a group of pigeons huddling together for warmth on a rooftop in the rain (‘Pigeons’).

The other poems covered well- known Larkin themes including life expectancy and the inevitability of death; the risk entailed in using independence of mind; the advantages and disadvantages of human love and the sheer pleasure of sometimes being alone for days on end, thus allowing the creative impulse to produce poetry:

Long Lion Days

Long lion days

Start with a white haze.

By midday you meet

A hammer of heat –

Whatever was sown

Now fully grown,

Whatever conceived

Now fully leaved,

Abounding, ablaze –

O long lion days!

In his biography of Larkin Andrew Motion highlights in Larkin’s poetry a “very English, glum accuracy” about emotions, places and relationships, what the poet Donald Davie describes as “lowered sights and diminished expectations”. The author Eric Homberger has called him “the saddest heart in the post-war supermarket”. Larkin said that deprivation for him was “what daffodils were for Wordsworth”.

For me this strikes a too negative chord and I would like to mention another more positive quality that I would call existential honesty. Larkin has himself explained how influential Thomas Hardy was in showing him how to describe life as it truly is rather than as it ought to be. He put it like this:

Hardy is not a transcendental writer, he’s not a Yeats, he’s not an Eliot…I didn’t have to try and jack myself up to a concept of poetry that lay outside my own life….One could simply relapse back into one’s own life and write from it”.

This I feel is the essence of Philip Larkin’s poetry and the quality that has endeared him to the British public, so much so that in 2008 he was named by the Times newspaper as Britain’s greatest post -war writer.

Another important feature of Larkin’s poetry is his technical brilliance. Writing what I consider to be traditional poetry using rhythm, rhyme and common poetic devices, his poetry is never dull and the meaning is usually sufficiently clear for it to be understood after just one reading. In other words it is comprehensible and compelling.

Report written by Peter Dulley

If you want to read more of Philip Larkin’s opetry a good way to start is to go to the All Poetry website (www.allpoetry.com) and search for Philip Larkin, and if you would like to come to one of our Poetry Evenings (or other events) you can find out more about them on the ESCC website at (www.escc.se)

Corona virus aka covid-19

We (The ESCC Board) have cancelled ALL planned meetings ( including the AGM on Sunday April 19th) and activities till further notice.

Please come back here often for updates!

And do remember to wash your hands often!