Peter’s Corner

Peter's Corner

‘The absurdity behind the sense, the sense behind the absurdity.’

 
Peter Cox is a participant and volunteer, and has attended CoolTan Arts for seven years. He has been involved in performing poetry, writing, petty cash records and Largactyl Shuffle walk research. Over the coming weeks, he will regularly post his thoughts on absurdity and the arts.

Peter’s Corner: Telling the truth and lying

A and B make statements as follows ( hopefully not when in Court! )

A To tell the truth, I was lying.

B. Tell a lie, I was telling the truth.

Who is telling the truth?

A admits he was lying.when he said whatever he said.

B admits that when he said he was telling the truth, he was lying. So it is

likely that he:

(a) lied in the first place

(b) then lied again by asserting that what he originally said was the truth.

 

P.S. How can you tell if a lie-detector is not working?

I suggest you feed into the lie detector a statement about yourself which … Read More »

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Peter’s Blog: Sing London

While de-cluttering, I found a leaflet from 2007 called Sing London which I only obtained when the festival was nearly over. I had attended only part of a singing workshop lasting an hour, then attended a concert in a church in Barnes at which I had hoped actually to sing.

I see that I could have sung “What shall we do with the drunken sailor?” on HMS Belfast, joined a “mass vocal jam” in a courtyard, attended a singing workshop in Handel House, sung football songs at Arsenal football ground, sung songs about food at a branch of Waitrose, joined a … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: Apologising

The comedian Tim Vine has a joke about a man told to stop apologising who says “Sorry, it’s a bad habit of mine- I’m really sorry about it”, but once when at a disciplinary meeting at work, because I had been seen shaving in one of the firm’s toilets, I could not apologise enough.

Every time that my manager told me to shave at home before coming to work and I apologised, he repeated himself thus forcing me to apologise yet again, and I still feel annoyed after 12 years that I was made to keep on apologising in this way, … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: Thoughts About Thinking

I have always thought I am a good thinker, and have a small
replica of the sculpture called The Thinker by Rodin from
someone who also thought I was a good thinker.

But I have always thought I think too much, and too many
thoughts can cause confusion.

I thought I would try meditation,but found that it was not a form
of thinking, but a way of getting away from thinking. Having said
that, I believe Descartes when he said “I think, therefore I am”, so
you must always be thinking even if you don’t think you are thinking.

But I could not stop thinking and be still, so … Read More »

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