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Scott's triumph

I recently motorcycled over to Newnham village, near Daventry, to ride the course of the famous Scott motocycle victory in the 1908 hill-climb. There is a blue plaque to celebrate Alfred Scott's presence in Newnham on what was once an old inn. I captured a little of my day out on video and will transfer the results to YouTube before too long.

Here is what Ixion had to say about the 1908 event in his Motorcycle Cavalcade of 1950.

Each spring the Coventry club was accustomed to hold a hill-climb at Newnham, outside Daventry. The hill was not especially formidable or interesting. But just as Ascott races are the great day of London dress designers, so the Newnham hill-climb used to tempt our motorcycle designers to unveil their novelties. Everybody in the trade crowded to watch. Alfred Scott of Saltaire chose the 1908 climb for the debut of his open-framed two-stroke twin-cylinder, and won three classes on the efficiency formula.

In envious company it is seldom that spite and criticism automatically surrender to worship. Scott in ten minutes conquered the motorcycle world…

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From the archive: Unquestioned presupposition

Silesius prompted thoughts Silesius prompted thoughts
All history, all present, all future is the forest. No tree falls there unless man sees.
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Just a thought: Marxism is the basis of all the so-called Left and Right political and philosophical creeds of our time. Anarchism, communism, socialism, liberalism, libertarianism and conservatism, as well as Marxism itself are all rooted ultimately in Spinozism and Kabbalism, and serve to promote Tikkun. (Child of Encounter) John Dunn

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 4 The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 4
Further additions to the project, starting with the Newport Pagnell to Bedford leg of Ogilby's Oxford to Cambridge route.
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Scaligero on Dr John Dunn. I have been reading Massimo Scaligero's The Logos and the New Mysteries over recent weeks. During this time I collected my thoughts about this book and posted them on the 'Thought blog'. My plan is now to pull all the separate blog entries about Scaligero's work into one sustained piece and post this as a single entity onto 'Thought pieces'.

I was disappointed with the ending to this book, or rather the ending that never arrived.

I thought that he was strong on the analysis of the problem, i.e. our bondage to sensory perception and the physical view of reality as a presupposed idol; but his proffered alternative was a small part of the work, rushed in at the very end of the book. Nevertheless he has added apiece to my own construction of an alternative, which has drawn upon some of the thinkers that we have both shared as influences, e.g. Julius Evola, Giovanni Gentile and Rudolf Steiner.

I will announce on the home page the completion of the single entity offering of the Scaligero reading.

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