An old saying comes down to us from the Bajan people of Barbados: “There is no magical place called ‘Away'”. The Bajans have some credibility on the subject since most came from someplace else and most have also since dispersed elsewhere.

Bajan fusion band Cover Drive

Well we will be testing the theory ourselves this week as we will be escaping “Away” off the grid. Whether or not we return any more magical than we already are remains to be seen.

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Enjoy the spring or autumn weather from wherever in the world you are and we will be back in mid-May.

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Even the Proctor Charlie Collective can get a little bit political…

A wise man does not try to hurry history.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

Bandits and governments ’ave so much in common that they might be interchangeable anywhere in the world…

— Terry Pratchett

Division is how evil operates.

— Lenny Duncan

Fear of finding oneself in bad company is not an expression of political purity; it is an expression of a lack of self-confidence.

— Arthur Koestler

For forms of government let fools contest, that which is best administered is best.

— Alexander Pope

Great reforms offend great interests.

— Winston Churchill

Ignorance and design are difficult to combat.

— George Washington

In politics the influence of imponderables is often greater than that of either military power or money.

Politics is the art of the possible.

— Otto von Bismarck

It is not power that corrupts but fear.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

It seems part of the human condition to always simplify in rhetoric while complicating in practice.

Political systems remain in flux because the dedicated moderate must always give way, eventually, to the passionate extremist.

— Proctor Charlie

Memory is inherently contentious and partisan: one man’s acknowledgment is another’s omission.

— Tony Judt

Never build a dungeon you wouldn’t be happy to spend the night in yourself.

— Terry Pratchett

People have a need for the externalization of evil. They have the need to think that there is somewhere an enemy boundlessly evil because this makes them feel boundlessly good.

Writing history is the common refuge of those who find themselves helpless in the face of the present.

— George Kennan

Politics brought forth, if not the worst in men, at least the worst in what people said about men.

— Benjamin Franklin

Politics is a smooth file, which cuts gradually, and attains its end by a slow progression.

— Charles de Montesquieu

Some people are worried about the difference between right and wrong. I’m worried about the difference between wrong and fun.

What this country needs is fewer people who know what this country needs.

Politics is one more way to achieve power without merit or risk.

— P.J. O’Rourke (Editorial note: so is journalism – PC)

The best politics is right action.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The punishment of wise men who refuse to take part in the affairs of government is to live under the government of unwise men.

— Plato

The really dangerous people believe that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.

— Neil Gaiman

The spirit of place has an undeniable effect upon all of the ideas, as well as art and literature of a people.

— D. H. Lawrence

There is a great deal to be said for the status quo but this isn’t a position we could take publicly.

— John Foster Dulles

There is some danger in public life from stupid politicians; there is even more from politicians who are too clever.

— A.J.P. Taylor

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

— George Bernard Shaw

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.

— George Santayana

Truth tellers transcend partisan affiliations.

— Andrew J. Bacevich

War cannot be divorced from politics for a single moment.

— Mao Tse-tung

Washington is a place where politicians don’t know which way is up and taxes don’t know which way is down.

— Robert Orben


Never let it be said that Proctor Charlie was too proud to post a kitten picture. And with that, enjoy all that Proctor Charlie has found about a subject he knows so little of…

Chastity is a wealth that comes from abundance of love.

The great earth makes herself hospitable with the help of the grass.

The Great walks with the Small without fear. The Middling keeps aloof.

The meaning of the bee’s hum in the ear of the early jasmine has escaped the learned, but the poet knows.

The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail.

The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Everybody in this world is some kind of weakling, and if he thinks he is not, then pride is his weakness, and that is the greatest weakness of all.

— Dr. Samuel Shoemaker

Humility — a quality that disappears the moment you think you have it.

— E.D. Hulse

Humility alone designs those short but admirable lines, by which, ungirt and unconstrained, things greater are in less contained.

— Andrew Marvell

Humility and intellect could be compatible, provided we placed humility first.

I don’t want to capitalize on humility.

True ambition is the deep desire to live usefully and walk humbly.

— Bill Wilson

I am no more than an idler in the garden of humanity, like a botanist out on a walk who picks a little bunch of flowers, a mere token of the inexhaustible richness of nature which escapes him.

People are always much more sensitive than we believe them to be.

— Paul Tournier

Humility is reality.

— Yvon Lauzon

I will show some respect for the eternal fitness of things.

Imagination labors best in distant fields.

We do not embellish the general desolation of a desert much.

— Mark Twain

A man cannot enjoy himself and continue to enjoy anything else.

Can it be that a man who begins with violent visions is humble?

Humility is not merely too good for this world; it is too practical for this world; I had almost said it is too worldly for this world.

Humility is so practical a virtue that men think it must be a vice.

Humility is so successful that it is mistaken for pride.

It is always the humble man who talks too much; the proud man watches himself too closely.

It is not only true that humility is a much wiser and more vigorous thing than pride. It is also true that vanity is a much wiser and more vigorous thing than pride.

It is the humble man who does the big things. It is the humble man who does the bold things.

Self-consciousness of necessity destroys self-revelation.

The things which are truly human are the useless ones.

— G.K. Chesterton

If I can find an acceptable way to do my own will I will do it.

When a proud man thinks he is humble his case is hopeless.

Perfect humility and perfect integrity coincide.

How can you be humble if you’re always paying attention to yourself?

A humble man is not afraid of failure.

Humility is the surest sign of strength.

— Thomas Merton

In matters of failure and forgiveness, the son is often the teacher of the father.

— Belden C. Lane

Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?

— Confucius

It is only as one is at home in oneself that one may be truly hospitable to others.

We hide our humanity behind the sacred idol of efficiency.

— Kathleen Norris

It is the powerful, demanding, and punitive things that we admire or fear, but the small things that we love.

— Doug Frank

It was hard to teach someone who wouldn’t admit that there was anything she didn’t know.

We are small people. It ain’t wise to come to the attention of the gods.

— Terry Pratchett

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

— William Cowper

Listen to the stories people want to tell, not the stories you want to hear.

— Jeanette M. Olson

Logic is the art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human understanding.

— Ambrose Bierce

Looking beautiful all day is easy, but I stay beautiful because I have integrity, honesty and a warm sense of humor.

— Barbara Borst-Folger

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

— Stephen Covey

My ego does not do well with simple.

When the sea roars, with all that is in it, does it fear being too loud?

— Anonymous

My humility can kick your humility’s butt.

We have to harvest humility.

— Anne Lamott

Other people’s shoes smell like other people’s feet.

— Jenna Lamia

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.

To substitute faith for knowledge might mean to teach the intellect humility,

— George Santayana

She knew better than to force the world to bend to her desire.

— Patrick Rothfuss

The dead should have charity.

— Neil Gaiman

The genuine salt of humility cannot be used in excess.

— C.H. Spurgeon

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.

— Wilhelm Stekel

The noblest sacrifice of all is to endure humiliation, and noblest endurance of humiliation is in preparing to resist.

— Lao She

The value of words depends on the people who say them.

— Andreas Karkavitsas

There are many things in the world and you are one of them. Many things keep happening and you are one of them.

— W.H. Auden

There are on earth no actors too humble and obscure not to have a gallery.

— Joseph Conrad

This world needs its tinkerers as much as it needs its theoreticians.

— Jim Bell

To understand what he is, one man must first understand all this mysterious humanity, consisting of people such as himself who do not understand one another.

— Leo Tolstoy

You are not the voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come.

— C.S.Lewis

You can’t become wise without becoming small.

— Gareth Higgins

You only need to be good enough for you.

— Neil Ostrom

Blessed are they that can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.

— Terri Garey

Humble pie is most easily digested when salted with a dash of character.

Humility may be a virtue, but ’tis vanity which fuels the engines of commerce.

Humility is a heavenly deodorant.

I have heard many a preacher claim to be a humble loving person, but I have heard very few bonafide saints make the same claim.

Invest in humility, for the return on vanity will never exceed its depreciation.

Rather than a million adoring fans, give me a few good friends who all think well of themselves.

The first human instinct is to love. All other human instincts are borrowed from the beasts.

The noblest end of human reason is to find its own limits and thus to teach itself humility.

What human being who has survived adolescence has not experienced an embarrassment that felt worse than death?

— Proctor Charlie