martin firrell

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november 2008

st paul's cathedral tercentenary

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MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY

MAY ALL BEINGS BE HAPPY (hindi)

MAY ALL BE HEALTHY

MAY ALL BE HEALTHY (hindi)

MAY ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE WELL-BEING OF ALL IN MIND

MAY ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE WELL-BEING OF ALL IN MIND (hindi)

MAY NOBODY SUFFER IN ANY WAY

MAY NOBODY SUFFER IN ANY WAY (hindi)

SHADOWS FOR SUNRISE

SECURITY AND SHELTER

TOAST AND SALAD CREAM

THE BEAUTY OF IDEAS

A SPIRAL OF PAPER TORN FROM AN ENVELOPE

THE SQUEAK OF HALLOUMI CHEESE

THE TORRENT OF WORDS WE WASTE EACH DAY

A BLANKET

DANCING WITH MY DAUGHTERS

THE PRICELESSNESS OF EVERY HUMAN LIFE

THE PRICELESSNESS OF EVERY HUMAN LIFE (arabic)

PERFECTLY POACHED EGGS

ADMITTING DEFEAT AND GIVING UP ON A BORING BOOK

THE SMELL OF IODINE AND SALT

JUSTICE BEING DONE

SUDDEN SUMMER RAIN

THE TIDE RUNNING IN

LOVE, UNSCHEDULED AND UNRULY

YOUR FACE RATHER THAN ANY OTHER

IDEAS THAT LEAD TO OUR FLOURISHING

THE QUANTUM NET THAT ENERGISES US ALL

THE SUDDEN BLUE OF THE SEA

AS IF BLUER THAN GOD EVER INTENDED

THE CHARACTERISTIC SET OF YOUR JAW

THE ACCIDENTAL COLLISION OF FRIENDS-TO-BE

THE ROYAL FAMILIES OF AFRICA

ALL THE PEOPLE I LOVE

YOUR BLACK EYES

LIFE EXISTS TO PROVE ITS OWN POSSIBILITY

THE ASTONISHING CAPACITY THE WORD HAS FOR BEAUTY

THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF SIGHT

THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF SIGHT (hindi)

OTHER BUSINESS DIRECTED TOWARDS THINGS THAT ARE NOT WORLDLY

ALL CRUELTY IS FAILURE

WILL WE GROW OLDER AND WISER OR SIMPLY OLDER?

ALL TYRANTS FALL

ALL TYRANTS FALL (hindi)

THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF LOVE

GREEN NEON ADVERTISING THE SPLENDOURS OF GIZA ZOO

THIS CATHEDRAL SAVED MY LIFE

IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR OWN LIFE, WHAT HAVE YOU HAD?

THE BRINGING DOWN OF INJUSTICE

WHY DID OUR GOVERNMENT LIE ABOUT RENDITION?

WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE STILL IN POWER?

WHY ARE WOMEN STILL DISCRIMINATED AGAINST?

WHY ARE WOMEN STILL DISCRIMINATED AGAINST? (hindi)

WHY DOES ONE WOMAN DIE IN CHILDBIRTH EVERY MINUTE?

WHY DOES ONE WOMAN DIE IN CHILDBIRTH EVERY MINUTE? (hindi)

SAND IN MY SHOES

A PONTOON RIDE ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

BEING BIPOLAR

THE CORRELATION BETWEEN DEATH AND LOVE

EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ENTITLED

TO AT LEAST ONE PERSONAL IDIOSYNCRASY

THE SADNESS OF ALL THE BLOOD ON OUR HANDS

WHY ARE HALF A MILLION IRAQI CHILDREN DEAD?

WHY IS THERE SO MUCH BLOOD ON OUR HANDS?

A GRAVE AND SINCERE APOLOGY TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ

A GRAVE AND SINCERE APOLOGY TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ (arabic)

THIS WOUNDED EARTH

THE LARGEST NUMBER YOU CAN IMAGINE +1

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE AFRAID?

WHY DO WE ALLOW POVERTY TO CONTINUE?

IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHERE THE LINE'S DRAWN, MOVE IT

I WANT TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE THE POLICE DON'T SHOOT YOU

THE END OF INEPT AND DISHONEST GOVERNMENT

EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS OWED TO A WOMAN

THE CATHEDRAL AS A MARK OF CONTINUATION

NEVER TAKE YOUR OWN INSECURITIES SERIOUSLY

WE'RE ALL BORN IN MORAL STUPIDITY

THE VOLUPTUOUS PLEASURE THAT THERE IS UNCERTAINTY

THE VOLUPTUOUS PLEASURE THAT THERE IS UNCERTAINTY (hindi)

THE FORTITUDE TO STRIDE HEADLONG INTO THE STORM

THE FORTITUDE TO STRIDE HEADLONG INTO THE STORM (hindi)

EVERYTHING IS RESURRECTED IN MEMORY

FREEDOM TO MAKE OUR OWN LIVES WITHOUT INTERFERENCE

SANS PEUR ET SANS REPROCHE

EVERYTHING IN ITS MINUTEST VARIATION

EVERY RIVER CAN BE CROSSED

PEOPLE BEYOND PERSUASION TERRIFY US

THE TENSION OF PROPER ARGUMENT

THE UNIVERSE IS NOT CHAOS, IT'S CONNECTION

WHEN YOU LEFT ME I HAD TO LEARN TO LIVE AGAIN

TO RING OUT WITH A TERRIFYING SPLENDOUR

WHEN THE RICH DO IT, IT'S WAR

WHEN THE POOR DO IT, IT'S TERRORISM

OUR RIGHT TO FAIR AND TRUTHFUL GOVERNMENT

PROTEST DETENTION WITHOUT CHARGE

PROTEST DETENTION WITHOUT CHARGE (arabic)

WHEN ALL'S SAID AND DONE

WHAT WILL WE HAVE LEFT UNSAID AND UNDONE?

ANY WORD USED TO HURT OR HUMILIATE IS OBSCENE

DEATH IS A SLY OLD FOX

THE SEA SWEPT BACK IN GREY FOLDS

GOD IN ALL HER FORMS

CRUELTY IS A MALFUNCTION

I AM NOT ASKING YOU TO AGREE, I'M ASKING YOU TO THINK

SEEMING YOUNGER THAN YOUR AGE

SHOULD BE CAUSE FOR EMBARRASSMENT

ANYONE WHO'S CERTAIN HAS LOST

THE QUICKENING SENSE OF WHAT'S NOT KNOWN

OBJECTIVE EVASIONS

DAYS USED UP OR UNDER-UTILISED

THOSE SUMMERS ON CAPRI WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

ENVY IS THE MEANEST OF ALL THE PASSIONS

OUR LIVES ARE FOUNDED ON A CHAOS OF POSSIBILITY

COMMITTED, UNIQUE, BRAVE, STRONG, FREE

SOMETHING ENTERS THE SILENCE OF THE ROOM

SOMETHING ENTERS, NOT ENTIRELY OF THIS WORLD

HOW CAN WE LIVE WELL IF GOVERNMENT KILLS IN OUR NAME?

NO ONE SHOULD BE DETAINED WITHOUT TRIAL

ORGANISED RELIGION MAKES ME UNEASY

I DON'T LIKE BELIEF TO BE ANNOUNCED

EACH ONE AS SHE MAY

THE GREAT ENEMY IS UNCONDITIONAL BELIEF IN ANYTHING

LIFE HAS FIRST TO BE FREELY LIVED

APRÉS LA GUERRE, APRES LES MARIAGES, LES ENFANTS

APRÉS LES DIVORCES, LES LIVRES

A WHOLE LIFE LIVED IN 20 MINUTES AT A CAFE TABLE

WE ARE ALL WORKS IN PROGRESS

I AM ANOTHER YOURSELF

WE CANNOT MAKE THE DEAD LIVE AGAIN

MY MEDICATION HELPS ME TO GET OUT OF BED EACH MORNING

ST PAUL'S REMINDS US OF OUR MORTALITY

DEATH IS A CONSTANT REMINDER TO MAKE THE MOST OF LIFE

BEING AN ACTIVE PART OF POLITICAL CHANGE

WHEN THE WORLD'S RUN BY FOOLS

IT'S THE MORAL DUTY OF INTELLIGENCE TO DISOBEY

FREEDOM OF BELIEF

GLOBAL WARMING NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED

HIS FAMILY HAVE ACCEPTED ME AS ONE OF THEIR OWN

LIFE AND ST PAUL'S: BOTH A BREATHTAKING CLIMB

ST PAUL'S AS A PHOENIX BORN OF FIRE

ALL EVIL FAILS

PEACEFUL, RESPECTFUL, FREE, CONSCIOUS

THE HEREAFTER IN THE HERE AND NOW

IN THE ARGUMENT, IS WHERE LIFE IS

I LIVE ARGUMENTATIVELY

ALL LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT IS LOVING RETICENCE

WE WILL UNSEAT DISHONEST GOVERNMENT

WE WILL BRING DOWN DISHONEST GOVERNMENT

THE IMMENSITY OF THIS CITY

I BELIEVE IN LONDONERS

I BELIEVE IN LONDONERS (arabic)

SOMETIMES I THINK LIFE IS UNSALVAGABLY SAD

THE TRAIL OF DAYS BEHIND US

WHAT LIFE ISN'T MESSY?

HOW CAN WE LIVE WELL IF WE POISON THE SEA?

TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED, USE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

WALKING OVER MUD FLATS TO THE SEA

HONOUR THE EARTH YOUR MOTHER

HONOUR THE EARTH YOUR MOTHER (hindi)

ENTER IMAGINATIVELY INTO THE FEELING OF BEING RELIGIOUS

THE FEARLESS HAVE NO NEED OF FORCE

LIFE REACHES OUT TO LIFE

LIFE REACHES OUT TO LIFE (arabic)

LIFE REACHES OUT TO LIFE (hindi)

GOD IN THE MOST MUNDANE DETAIL

MORALITY WITHOUT RELIGIOUS DOGMA

THE FREEDOM TO SAY WHAT WE FEEL

THE FREEDOM TO LOVE WHO WE PLEASE

THE FREEDOM TO BE DIFFERENT

CHRIST DIED, CHRIST IS RISEN, CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN

B'SHALOM, FRIEND

WHERE DO OUR IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO LIVE COME FROM?

THE VAST, IMPOSSIBLY IMMENSE IDEA OF GOD

GRIEF DEEPENS OUR EXPERIENCE OF BEING ALIVE

ALL THAT YOUTH, A KIND OF WARTIME OF YOUTH

THE FIRST AND FRAGILE LOVE AFFAIR

THE COMPLETE WRAPPED MYSTERY OF THE PERSON OPPOSITE

THE WAY YOUR HAIR CURLS AT THE NAPE OF YOUR NECK

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN KINDNESS AND GREATNESS

THE DIFFUSED WHITE LIGHT OF OVERCAST SKIES

THE DARK GREY LIGHT OF STORMS

LONG-HAUL TRAVELLERS OF SKIES

LONG-HAUL TRAVELLERS OF SKIES (hindi)

MERCILESS ELITES

THE AMBITIONS OF THE POWERFUL

THE WEAKNESS OF CRUELTY

WHAT DO WE REALLY MEAN BY FREEDOM?

FREEDOM TO PURSUE OUR OWN ENDS REGARDLESS OF OTHERS?

FREEDOM TO CONSUME?

FEARS GIVEN INTO AND OPPORTUNITIES NOT TAKEN

PANIC RISING ABOUT A LIFE NOT PROPERLY LIVED

THE WORLD IS CHANGED BY A TURN OF MIND

I FEEL THAT I HAVE LOOKED SHADOW, OR DARKNESS, IN THE FACE

LE SILENCE ÉTERNEL DE CES ESPACES INFINIS M'EFFRAIE

ANYTHING WE FEEL KEENLY CAN ALSO HURT KEENLY

AN EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL PRISON FOR THE MIND

EVERYTHING TURNS ONLY TO MEMORY

HOW BOUNDED OUR LIVES REALLY ARE

HOW UNEXTRAORDINARY OUR LIVES REALLY ARE

I WANT TO NOT CARE, TO FLY AWAY, TO BE SOMEWHERE ELSE

YOU CAN'T STEP BACK INTO IGNORANCE

WHAT'S KNOWN IS NOW KNOWN

I AM WEAK AND EASILY DISTRACTED

SOMETIMES IT'S JUST NOISE MASQUERADING AS LIFE

THERE'S AN OBLIGATION TO TRY ALL ROUTES TO HAPPINESS

EVERYTHING CAN BE REGARDED AS POSSIBLE

LEAN FORWARD SO THAT FATE CAN CATCH SIGHT OF YOU

THE PAIN OF LIFE IS SOMETIMES, THE CUT OF IT

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD REALLY ENDS

NOT WITH A WHIMPER BUT A DESPERATE CHUCKLE

A REVOLUTION OF CULTURAL AND MORAL OPENNESS

BRING YOUR OWN OPINION

LARGENESS OF IDEAS, IMAGINATION AND THOUGHT

NO QUICKNESS TO JUDGE

WE MAKE. WE BREAK

THE CHALLENGES OF THE MIDDLE YEARS

LOVE THAT'S FAILED

CHILDREN

THE TERRIBLE STRUGGLE TO EMERGE AS INDIVIDUALS

NONE OF THIS CHANGES THE MATERIAL FACTS OF LIFE

STILL WE FOLLOW THE SAME WELL TRODDEN PATHS

IMAGINATION HAS NOT SAVED US

THERE ARE FORCES THAT IT'S DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND

THIS STRUGGLE FOR A PERSONAL LIFE, TO BE LOVED

HOPE'S LAST STAND AND ITS FINAL TRIUMPH

THE AIR ITSELF IS LAUGHING WITH US

THE ROAD TO FREEDOM IS BORDERED WITH SUNFLOWERS

IT'S ALWAYS THERE THOUGH YOU CAN'T ALWAYS SEE IT

A HUMAN LIFE IS LESS THAN 600 WAKING MONTHS

IT'S PERFECLY POSSIBLE TO LIVE SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE

BY MISTAKE

I'M NOT SURE WHY I'M HERE ON EARTH IN THIS TIME

I FEEL PRESSURE FROM THE OUTSIDE TO CONSUME

ORGANISED RELIGION IS SOMETHING I FIND HARD TO FOLLOW

I OFTEN WONDER HOW TO BE SURE I'M DOING THE RIGHT THING

IT'S THE SPLINTER IN MY HAND I CAN'T GET OUT

THE PURPOSE OF MY LIFE IS TO TRY OUT THE IDEAS I HAVE FOR IT

TO FACE WHAT COMES WITH COURAGE AND INSIGHT

I WANT TO FEEL PART OF SOMETHING GRAND

YOU'RE NOT THE LONELY CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE

KNOWLEDGE THAT ISN'T TAUGHT

TRAVELLING ON THE SACRED ORDERS OF THE UNIVERSE

GROWING WHEAT IN THE PALMS OF YOUR HANDS

GROWING WHEAT IN THE PALMS OF YOUR HANDS (hindi)

SEEING THINGS THAT MAKE YOU THINK THERE REALLY IS A GOD

UNCLASSIFIABLE LOVE HOWEVER YOU FIND IT

THE VAST UNCONSCIOUS WELL THAT HOLDS ALL LOVE

I WANT LOVERS TO RESPECT EACH OTHER

BIG RISKS EQUAL BIG REWARDS

I DON'T THINK THIS IS WHAT GOD INTENDED

IT COULD BE CHEMICALS IN OUR BRAINS

ENCOURAGEMENT GIVES RISE TO QUESTIONS

I WANT GOVERNMENTS TO RESPECT THEIR PEOPLE

I AM BOSSY, STUBBORN, QUICK TO JUDGE AND HOLD A GRUDGE

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE IS A WAR

I WANT TO KNOW WHO I AM

I HAVE COME THROUGH A TIME WHEN I WANTED TO DIE

I THOUGHT MY PURPOSE SIMPLY WASN'T

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THERE IS ADDICTION

A VAST, ADAMANT, GENTLE, BRAVE ACCOMMODATING SPACE

NOTHING IS PRESCRIBED, COMPLETED, DONE WITH

EVERYTHING IS FLUID, HALF-SEEN, OPEN

FEELING IS ITS OWN LAW AND TRUTH

A KEENNESS TO SPEAK AND TO BE HEARD

EVERYTHING I LOST. EVERYTHING WE ALL LOSE

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REAL NATURE OF THINGS

AND LATER STILL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UNSEEN

VAST AND BEAUTIFUL LIKE FALLING IN LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME

I FEEL I SHOULD WANT TO DO MORE, HAVE MORE, BE MORE

WE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO KNOWING WHO WE REALLY ARE

THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE ALWAYS SLIGHTLY OUT OF REACH

WE WANT SOMETHING OR SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN

GRATITUDE LEADS TO ACTS OF KINDNESS

GOD IS A CONCEPT

I THINK OF ST PAUL'S AS A SURVIVOR

GOD MADE THE WORLD OUT OF CHAOS

OPPOSITION IS THE FOUNDATION OF LIBERTY

ALL POWER IS TEMPORARY

ALL EXPERIENCE CONTRIBUTES

YOU DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO SHOUT AT ME OR KISS ME

LOVE IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF LIVING

NOTHING LASTING WAS EVER BUILT WITHOUT LOVE

NOTHING LASTING WAS EVER BUILT WITHOUT LOVE (arabic)

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