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Sir Tristram, violer d’amores, fr’over the short sea   Leave a comment


Curious to see the order in which the “end members” of Joyce’s assemblage of characters are introduced in the first pages of FW.

The riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s to Howth Castle (3.1-3)

Sir Tristram’s re-arrival  (3.4)

Jhem or Shen (3.13)

The fall (3.15-21)

The park (3.22)

Iseut (4.14)

Finnegan, of the stuttering Head (4.18)

HCE – Haroun Childeric Eggberth (4.32) (–> Hush! Caution! Echoland! (13.5)

Mistress Kathe’s “museyroom tour guided by the deixic relation “This is that/ That is this” (8.9 – 10.23): a relational unity (Jackson, 1983; quoted in Ingold, Culture, Nature, Environment 50).

A chronological chiasmus: 1132 A.D; 566 A.D. (Silent) 566 A.D.; 1132 A.D. (13.34-14.15).

Jute and Mutt (and the dramatic form; 16.10-18.16)

Ways of Seeing   Leave a comment

In my last post I wrote about the Ice Climbing World Cup at Saas Fee and how I could not take it in initially. I don’t think my mirror neurons fired…

By coincidence I’d taken John Berger’s Ways of Seeing along with me for the weekend. It primed me to key into the live imagery from a feminist standpoint.

I so loved the way the men and the women moved in the same way during the speed climbing contest. Check out Russia’s You Tube posts below:

Listen for gendered commentary in your head.

It is weird to have men acting as “belay bunnies” for the women?

Are the sound tracks gendered?



This is perhaps the first version of “The Fall” that I’ve enjoyed. ;°).

Do gendered representations imply an inherently unequal power relationship? Here it is predominantly person vs gravity…

Although the chick-strop-after-fall is more culpable than the bloke-strop-after-fall…

In a Saas Fee sports shop there was an advertising shot based on the Biblical “Fall”.

titian the fall of man 1565Titian The Fall of Man (1565)

The Hopesend was asking about the cost of touring skis when I spotted it:

“Look! It’s the Fall” I yelled. “Look! The woman is skiing in her underwear, with a belly button piercing. And the focus of the shot is her tilted crotch. Not the bloke skiing in his underpants. Or the Allalinhorn. Look! Can you believe it!?”

Censured, I later forgot Ways of Seeing in a mountain hut. But the 1970’s TV program on which the book is based is available on You Tube.

Ice Climbing World Cup   Leave a comment

Have been waiting for the Ice Climbing World Cup videos to be posted on the web, before I blogged about this event that took place in the multistory car park at Saas Fee last weekend.

Watching was mirror neuron ecstasy.

Here is the end of the winning climb from Bender. An apt name: he is on the top section of the climb, using a technique called the “figure of four” to preserve strength as he moves. This technique optimizes his reach, enabling him to places his ice axes between incredibly widely spaced holes, even when he doesn’t have any foot holds.

All the climbers we saw in the semi-finals employed this figure of four move, repeatedly.


I’ve never seen the likes of it. And as I watched I’m sure that my mirror neurons were not firing initially. My body could not connect to what it saw. Couldn’t take in the movement. I felt as if I was falling continually and could not understand how the body of the climber below me was still moving upwards.

On his blog UK finalist Ramon Marin writes of how the effort of operating his body over the course totally screwed his mind.

Now, fifteen years ago I had a spell of bumbling around frozen turf with a couple of ice axes on Ben Nevis, in the Cairngorms, at Bridge of Orchy etc… And the Hopesend still goes out a bit. Here’s a photo of him absailing off a multi-pitch climb, possibly above the Argentière glacier.

Anyway, the front pointing and pick placements that I once managed equate to pedestrian movement, when compared to the gymnastics at the 2011 world cup that incorporated consecutive figures of four: A technique pioneered by Jeff Lowe on the ice route Octopussy, in Vail Colorado, 1994.

Lowe writes that it took four attempts to nail the crux (here). He walked away after a first attempt that involved placing critical protection, finding tiny hook placements, “swinging like Tarzan” and becoming “absolutely pumped”. But he returned two days later:

“with a new idea… I turned upside down and threaded my left leg over my right elbow, wedging the toe of my boot under the rock roof, performing a figure 4 in ice climbing gear. Unfortunately, just as I swung, the right tool placement popped and I plummeted into space. Shit… and EUREKA! This was going to work!”

In fact by performing two linked figure of fours, followed by a handstand on ice-axes with crampons wedged into the ice above, followed by inverted sit ups, Lowe nailed the climb!!!! The route is graded M8.

Reading this description makes the climb appear impossible (remind you of anything… like understanding Finnegans Wake?). But  the move Jeff Lowe pioneered in 1994 was employed by the ice climbing fraternity’s elite (63 men and 29 women) at this year’s World Cup. Watching as climber after climber literally sprinted up the 2011 course in Saas Fee last weekend, pushing to get as far as they could within the 8 minute time limit, my mirror neurons learnt the pattern of this movement. I could follow the kinesthetic process. I couldn’t do it… But, I could feel it was possible for a body. Just as I used to believe a table traverse was manageable, after drinking too much whisky… Only…not for my body. BANG!

Posted January 27, 2011 by R.H.H. Nisbet in Mirror Neurons, The Fall (biblical)