KG Hammar on Babel

A Whisper Heard in Babel

Right: Former Archbishop KG Hammar reading his poem “Hörs en Viskning i Bruset” composed during the first day of the Gothenburg Book Fair and broadcast on the Swedish TV culture programme Babel from the floor of the Book Fair. The following is my attempt at a free translation. A Whisper Heard in Babel t the high mass for the printed word the sound of the masses at the mass deafening Voices overwhelming voices Come and buy! Conserved pastimes Who has time for pastimes? Thoughts become words become print that want to be read once again to be thought Thoughts heard in whispers even in the midst of all this clamour Seek a room where the whispers can be heard can … More…

The Supercargo looking a little blue

Birthday Blues

[powerpress] The Supercargo’s Fifty-three-year-old Birthday Blues Podcast Script Greetings, my name is John Nixon, also known as TheSupercargo, of www.thesupercargo.com Happy birthday to you You were once fifty-two Now you’re just a year older So why’re you so blue? Last weekend I turned 53. It wasn’t something I wanted to do and it wasn’t something I was really prepared for, but there is no controlling these things. I don’t suppose I’m alone in going through a minor depression every time my birthday comes around – in fact I know I’m not. As chance would have it, the day after my birthday no less than three cartoon strips in my local paper made fun of ageing, or the worries of those … More…