Farley Mount, Feast Day of Mary Magdalene, 22nd July

July 25, 2013


An evening picnic. The air pregnant with summer lightning and the distant rumble of thunder, with a full moon on the rise (as I later found out). Curtains of rain could be seen on the horizon and the skylarks were ascending and descending in song, prompting thoughts of William Blake’s twenty seven larks. For a few minutes the peal of church bells could be heard – greeting a certain Royal Birth – carried on the breeze, along with the spots of rain which pitter-pattered for a few moments.

The pyramidal structure built on top of the Bronze Age barrow commemorates a racehorse buried beneath…


Hittit was of another time, a white horsday where the midril met the bulg, sbogom, roughnow along the first equinarx in the cholonder, on the plain of Khorason as thou goest from the mount of Bekel, Steep Nemorn, elve hundred and therety and to years how the krow flees end in deed, after a power of skimiskes, blodidens and godinats of them, when we sight the beasts, (hegheg whatlk of wraimy wetter!), moist moonful date man aver held dimsdzey death with

Finnegans Wake (346.35 – 347.8).

The ‘whited sepulchre’ of the equine mausoleum at Farley Mount – dedicated to the winner of the Hunters Plate – may register as the ‘museomound’ (FW 8.5) of the Willingdone Museyroom (FW 8.10) in Finnegans Wake, with its parodic representation of Wellington mounted on ‘his big wide harse’ (FW 8.21). Its ‘groundplan of a placehunter’ (FW 585.23) is plotted out in the diagram on page 293:

293Even the pyramidal shape of the monument can be seen in this symbol of oppositional coincidence – ‘from each equinoxious points of view’ (FW 85.28) – where Joyce plays on the theme of the photofinish in horseracing, ‘through neck and necklike Derby and June’ (FW 454.31-32):

Well, almost any photoist worth his chemicots will tip anyone asking him the teaser that if the negative of a horse happens to melt enough while drying, well, what you do get is, well, a positively grotesquely distorted macromass of all sorts of horsehappy values and masses of meltwhile horse. Tip. Well, this freely is what must have occurred to our missive… Heated residence in the heart of the orangeflavoured mudmound had partly obliterated the negative to start with (111.26-35).

With both’s maddlemass wishes

There’s a pleasing circularity to these musings, revealed by the pi symbol at the apex of the upward-pointing triangle in the diagram. Expressed – in the loosest and most playful ‘sinse’ – as a fraction pi approximates to 22/7, which ties up nicely with the 22nd of July…

With thanks to Ken for this image.

With thanks to Ken Lymer for this image. (Click on the picture to make it flicker…)




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