michael walker

michael walker
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I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, all high school classes, and graduated from the Uiversity of Auckland with a BA and an MA degree. I taught English and French in a few New Zealand high schools on-and-off from 1969 till 2006. I travelled to England and France in the early 1970s. I lived and taught English in Grenoble for a couple of years. Here, I spoke French most of the time, but also had time to buy and read many French novels in paperback. The novelist, Stendhal, was from Grenoble and lived there most of his life. I first read Stendhqal's novel, 'Le Rouge et le Noir' ('The Scarlet and the Black') in Grenoble. I rate this novel highly. I ... more »

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  • 1. Bring back honorifics as a sign of respect.
    2. A republic is the only pure form of democracy.
    3.Dissent is nobler than group-think.
    4.You say save the trees: I say save the peo...
    I concentrated very hard last evening, and this morning, after a workout at the gym, and basically thought of all the above right then. I think with t...
  • '''Big Brother is watching you' is written on all parking tickets.''
    George Orwell's novel '1984' ends with the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU', which I adapted to comment on the mentality of taking people's money o...
  • ''In a city, the most precious item for sale is time.''
    This is my original thought. I do not like wasting time or have shop assistants keep me waiting unnecessarily. I am impatient. Time is precious.M. Wal...
  • ''Vulgar language in polite society is unforgivable.''
    My own idea. I do not like to hear or read certain types of coarse language. Stay with decent words. In private and alone, it may be a different matte...
  • ''Poetry is the friend of meditation and research.''
    My own idea, based on my own experience. I need absolute quiet for writing, no radio, nothing. For some dramatic monologues, like 'A Morning Among Mor...
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('I am never less lonely than when I am alone.`Oscar Wilde.

Yes, I have been alone most of my life,
having started to live alone in my forties.
I had to learn all the housework skills,
of which cooking took a while to get right.

Yes, I have lived mostly in large cities,
where there may be more loneliness than small towns.
On most days, I see anonymous strangers,
who can, nevertheless, surprise me with a greeting.

I have done a lot of long-distance running lately,
although I miss the harriers and athletics club.
I find solitary walks promote...

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