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lewis furey

Antidotes against depression

"Nobody has suffered more from low spirits than I have done — so I feel for you. 1st. Live as well as you dare. 2nd. Go into the shower-bath with a small quantity of water at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation of cold, 75° or 80°. 3rd. Amusing books. 4th. Short views of human life — not further than dinner or tea. 5th. Be as busy as you can. 6th. See as much as you can of those friends who respect and like you. 7th. And of those acquaintances who amuse you. 8th. Make no secret of low spirits to your friends, but talk of them freely — they are always worse for dignified concealment. 9th. Attend to the effects tea and coffee produce upon you. 10th. Compare your lot with that of other people. 11th. Don't expect too much from human life — a sorry business at the best. 12th. Avoid poetry, dramatic representations (except comedy), music, serious novels, melancholy sentimental people, and everything likely to excite feeling or emotion not ending in active benevolence. 13th. Do good, and endeavour to please everybody of every degree. 14th. Be as much as you can in the open air without fatigue. 15th. Make the room where you commonly sit, gay and pleasant. 16th. Struggle by little and little against idleness. 17th. Don't be too severe upon yourself, or underrate yourself, but do yourself justice. 18th. Keep good blazing fires. 19th. Be firm and constant in the exercise of rational religion. 20th. Believe me, dear Lady Georgiana, Very truly yours."

The Revd Sydney Smith to Lady Morpeth, February 16, 1820

I doubt these would cure major depression, but otherwise sound advice. Personally I've found nos. 3 to 7 to be particularly beneficial.

(And what a great song "Feeling good" is! I have yet to hear a version I don't love.)

lewis furey

Something for everyone

Britcom lovers, how many familiar faces do you see in this video? I recognized 4 so far:


(Thanks to summer_smile for this link!)

Surfing around lj I found a link to Tetris, a game I'd heard a lot about but never played before:


And a quote:

The husband to a friend: "She says it's platonic. I had to look that up, it means they haven't done it yet."

(From The Rotters' Club, which started tonight on the BBC.)

lewis furey

Happy Halloween

to all who celebrate it!

I tricked heartofdavid out of this:

A headless skeleton! Wait a minute, you did not
need that body to begin with. You are good and
well off on your own. You can take care of
yourself. You seem to be one who is 'detached'
from society and doing what you think are good
or right things. No, you are not one of those
people who think that they can do whatever they
want. You just do not follow 'everydayness' and
common beliefs and norms. If you are not doing
so now, you plan on living alone one day, away
from everyone so that you can be at peace with
yourself and surroundings. You do not dislike
everyone. You only like to be in a serene
atmosphere. Despite all of this, you still
enjoy being in touch with close people. You are
a different and interesting person, you are.
Happy Halloween, Detached Figure.

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Yes, I would say that sounds like me. :)

More quotes from The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner:

They [David and Ray Garnett] were extremely funny in church, walking about with an air of the utmost suspicion, as though at any moment a Bishop might appear and lay violent confirming hands on them. Indeed, as we were about to enter and the Reverend Flabby's voice was heard addressing some tourists, they started back as though a lion roared. (9 July 1929)

'Perhaps you will be composing again when you are eighty-five?' I said that at 85 I should be taking up monumental sculpture. (23 October 1929)



"Lovely are these autumn days on the heath; the gorse is still as smooth as silk, & the air fragrant. I had almost said, regretful, as though there were some tinge of melancholy in its sweetness. All the months are crude experiments out of which the perfect September is made."

Virginia Woolf, 'The Lands End', 14 Sept. 1905
(In: A passionate apprentice : the early journals 1897-1909)

(Ah yes, September can be so beautiful. Here it's nothing like that at the moment, autumn has started off very chilly and stormy, with lots of rain and more to follow.)