themaninthegreenshirt

English, conservative and Well Dressed, likes Jazz. [Over 30,000 followers]

“Too often today people are ready to tell us: "This is not possible, that is not possible.” I say: whatever the true interest of our country calls for is always possible. We have nothing to fear but our own doubts.“

Enoch Powell

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Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it.
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.

Bullfighting can be an art.
Boxing can be an art.
Loving can be an art.
Opening a can of sardines can be an art.

Not many have style.
Not many can keep style.
I have seen dogs with more style than men,
although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.

When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun,
that was style.
Or sometimes people give you style.
Joan of Arc had style.
John the Baptist.
Christ.
Socrates.
Caesar.
García Lorca.

I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is the difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water,
or you, naked, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me.

Charles Bukowski

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Lee Morgan, Jazz Messenger

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“I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini.”

Paul Desmond

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Selflessness is like waiting in a hospital
In a badly-fitting suit on a cold wet morning.
Selfishness is like listening to good jazz
With drinks for further orders and a huge fire.

Philip Larkin

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Minka Kelly

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Clive James

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“The empty blue sky of space says ‘All this comes back to me, then goes again, and comes back again, then goes again, and I don’t care, it still belongs to me”

Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

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1938 SS Jaguar 100

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The Dudley Moore Trio [1969] Decca 

Dudley Moore - piano
Jeff Clyne - bass
Chris Karan - drums

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“How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this, I need someone to pour myself into.” 

Sylvia Plath, with Ted Hughes.

25th Feb 1956, Sylvia Plath meets Ted Hughes, marrying less than four months later.

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“If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.” 

George Bernard Shaw

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