Blue Forest, United Kingdom

Reminds me a little of the bluebell wos at Godolphin in the Spring.

Jacob Whitaker

#Blue Forest, #United Kingdom

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What was the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute?

Mental Health Matters


The Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute (later the Göring Institute) was founded in 1920 to further the science of psychoanalysis in Berlin.

Its founding members included Karl Abraham and Max Eitingon. The scientists at the institute furthered Sigmund Freud’s work but also challenged many of his ideas.

Brief History

The Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute grew from the Psychoanalytic Polyclinic (psychoanalytische Poliklinik) founded in February 1920. The Polyclinic allowed access to psychoanalysis by low-income patients. Only some 10% of its income came from patients’ fees; the rest was provided personally by Max Eitingon. It introduced the three-column, or “Eitingon”, model for the training of analysts (theoretical courses, personal analysis, first patients under supervision), which was later adopted by most other training centres. In 1925, Eitingon became chair of the new International Training Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association. The Eitingon model remains standard today.

The Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute itself was founded in 1923…

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“There is no sexual relationship”

Interesting, this all makes perfect sense it seems. However it leaves me feeling curiously sceptical and possibly a little disenchanted!

Leon Brenner

Wherever we look around us – especially while in a morose and misanthropic mood – we see “relationships”. Now, strictly philosophically speaking, a “relationship” is a concept designating an element which mediates between two things.  Accordingly, we can propose, for example, that there is a “relation of proximity” between me and my cat right at this moment, or a “relation of friendship” between me and my neighbour, etc. The question at the forefront of our discussion today will revolve an especially interesting relationship – the “sexual relationship” – and more particularly Jacques Lacan’s assertion that “There is no sexual relationship”.

Lets start with a first definition: a sexual relationship mediates between two individuals and involves sexual enjoyment. 

[The polyamorous readers might take into account that a ternary relationship (a threesome) actually consists of three binary relationships]

sexual-fantasy2 Thomas Ruff, Nudes, 2000

But what exactly is sexual enjoyment? Well, we can approach the question of sexual enjoyment (without discriminating any of its forms) on two…

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A Red Admiral feasting, Lausanne, Switzerland

Paul Noël

All around us life on Earth lives and dies in the constant cycle of passing on the genes of one generation to the next. Few of us rarely think about this and some, perhaps many, never. Unfortunately human numbers along with their increasing use of natural resources are causing great damage to these interconnected ecosystems. We are in many cases ignorant of the damage we cause to the very life support systems that we actually need to pass on our genes from one generation to the next. 12th October 2013.

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The Village where I live in sketches

Interesting sketches- looks a very attractive town/area!

Paula Lourenço sketching

I live in Oeiras, Oeiras is a Portuguese village, seat of the municipality of Oeiras located in the district and metropolitan area of Lisbon, being one of the first cities in the capital. It is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and in the estuary of the Tagus River. Since prehistory, the mild climate, the abundance of water, the quality of the soils and the privileged geographical position offered by the riverside area of the Tagus estuary, allowed the subsistence of agro-pastoral villages for over 4000 years. In this way, Oeiras is an autonomous economic hub: it is one of the most developed and richest municipalities in the Iberian Peninsula and even in Europe.With the highest per capita income in Portugal, it is also the 2nd municipality with the highest purchasing power and the 2nd largest municipality to collect taxes in Portugal. The economic level is directly linked to…

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Living in My Imagination: How Trauma Fosters an Unquenchable Desire for Idealized Love

Interesting and it makes me think also about the political sphere where maybe collective/collaborative action may help bring change. Praxis is the transformation of subjectivity through the process of human action and may involve loss of some personal illusions.

Leon's Existential Cafe

Throughout our quests for the perfect mate, we frequently find ourselves fantasizing about what that mate would be like: we envision an attractive, intelligent, deeply compassionate, ambitious, and empathic individual entering our lives to save us from the mundane and the awful. We create internal stories of us meeting, falling in love, introducing each another to our parents, and having children, in essence, living happily ever-after. These stories become our blueprints, guiding us on our dates as we use them to vet our prospective mates, weeding out the ones who are unacceptable. While our lives progress and our timelines fade, we may begin to accept the fruitlessness of our quest, acknowledging the discrepancy between the people we meet and date and our romanticized images of love. Sometimes, we choose to disavow our prior expectations, with the belief that reality can’t correlate with fantasy; but at others, this recognition engenders a…

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Cobblestone Street, Alsace, France

Jacob Whitaker

Cobblestone Street, Alsace, France

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Hilary Roberts on German and British Photography in Greece 1940-1945

A detailed and fascinating article. It makes me wonder if the photography by various guerrilla and clandestine groups got as much attention as that of these “regular” forces.

Greek Photographic History

via Greek News Agenda

(published 8 May 2019)

All photographs:  Imperial War Museums, the German Federal Archives/Bundesarchiv and Hilary Roberts.

HilaryCollageDuring WWII, Athens remained under Axis occupation from April 1941 to October 1944. The international conference “The Occupier’s Gaze: Athens in the Photographs of the German Soldiers, 1941-1944” held by the Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, on 12 April 2019, shed light on rare historical evidence, illustrating an aspect of that time we do not often think about: the way the occupied Greece, with its reach history and symbolisms for European culture, was viewed by the conquering forces.

Greek News Agenda spoke* with Hilary Roberts of the Imperial War Museums (IWM), regarding her paper presented at the conference, titled “A Foreign Perspective: German and British Photography in Greece 1940-1945”; drawing on the photographic collections of the German…

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Hilda Runciman, St Ives M.P. in 1928-some Background

Quoting directly from Wikipedia-

“A daughter of James Cochran Stevenson, a Liberal Member of Parliament for South Shields, Hilda Stevenson was educated at Notting Hill High School and Girton College, Cambridge where she took first class honours in the History Tripos. In 1898 she married Walter Runciman, a rising politician. They had two sons and three daughters, including Leslie Runciman, 2nd Viscount Runciman of DoxfordMargaret Fairweather, one of the first eight women pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary,[1] and historian Steven Runciman.”

Vicountess Runciman of Doxford  (28 September 1869 – 28 October 1956) was a British Liberal Party politician and is of interest here in West Penwith because she became M.P. for St Ives, the first and so far only woman M.P. in 1928 elected at a by-election and joined her husband Walter Runciman as the first married couple in the House. She was simply keeping the seat warm for him so to speak for just a year. Such arrangements became common for a time before the Second World War. Upon entering the House, however she spoke not at all.

Hilda Runciman was however, an ardent closet feminist. She did not want to put off male voters. She had been president of the Women’s National Liberal Federation, 1919–21, continuing to sit on its executive committee for many years. In 1929 it is worthy of note that Mrs Runciman fought the Tavistock seat which she lost by just 156 votes. It must be remembered that there was at this period a lethal split in the Liberal Party. Hilda and Walter, if one might be so familiar, were both committed to Asquith and not at ease with the leadership of Llyod George. Her portraits are in the National Portrait Gallery, two of which may be seen at

Mrs Walter Runciman Hilda Runciman Viscountess Runciman Editorial Stock  Photo - Stock Image | Shutterstock

Her immediate family

Her father was a prominent Liberal M.P. -he had just been elected as Member for South Shields and was a Tyneside Industrialist and significantly harsh on his employees.

Her Stevenson aunts were particularly interesting in the promotion of Education in Scotland.

Flora Clift Stevenson LLD (30 October 1839 – 28 September 1905) was a British social reformer with a special interest in education for poor or neglected children, and in education for girls. She was one of the first women in the United Kingdom to be elected to a school board.[1] (See She appears to have worked closely with her sister, she too was was a Scottish campaigner for women’s university education, women’s suffrage and effective, well-organised nursing. Louisa She and Flora paid for their niece Alice Stewart Ker (Hilda Runciman’s Cousin) to study medicine in Bern for a year. Alice was to become the 13th female British doctor. So it clearly appears that these socially committed Liberal and educated families developed a thoroughly magnificent endowment particularly for women’s emancipation and in which Hilda Runciman played her part.

Other Events in 1869

Six days before Hilda’s Birth Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingeld premiered in Munich

3 Weeks before the first westbound train arrived in San Francisco

October1869 – the ‘Edinburgh Seven‘, led by Sophia Jex-Blake, start to attend lectures at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, the first women in the UK to do so (although they will not be allowed to take degrees)

22 November – clipper ship Cutty Sark is launched in DumbartonScotland; she is one of the last clippers built, and the only one to survive in the UK.

Finally two books of some importance were published in


The Galley-Rowers – John Masefield

There is an underlying classical feel here together with a strong feeling of propulsion. It reminds me too of Kipling’s “Harp Song of the Dane Woman”.

my word in your ear

The Galley-Rowers

Staggering over the running combers
The long-ship heaves her dripping flanks,
Singing together, the sea-roamers
Drive the oars grunting in the banks.
A long pull,
And a long long pull to Mydath.

"Where are ye bound, ye swart sea-farers,
Vexing the grey wind-angered brine,
Bearers of home-spun cloth, and bearers
Of goat-skins filled with country wine?"

"We are bound sunset-wards, not knowing,
Over the whale's way miles and miles,
going to Vine-Land, haply going
To the Bright Beach of the Blessed Isles.

"In the wind's teeth and the spray's stinging
Westward and outward forth we go,
Knowing not whither nor why, but singing
An old old oar-song as we row.
A long pull,
And a long long pull to Mydath."

John Masefield (1878 – 1967)

John Masefield is known for the opening line … I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky

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