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Astral Weeks - Van Morrison

Astral Weeks-Van Morrison


If I ventured in the slipstream
Between the viaducts of your dreams
Where immobile steel rims crack
And the ditch in the back roads stop



Van Morrison was 23-year when he recorded 'Astral Weeks'.



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'In Memoriam, July 19, 1914' by Anna Akhmatova

We aged a hundred years, and this
Happened in a single hour:
The short summer had already died,
The body of the ploughed plains smoked.

Suddenly the quiet road burst into color,
A lament flew up, ringing, silver…
Cornering my face, I implored God
Before the battle to strike me dead.

Like a burden henceforth unnecessary,
The shadows of passion and songs vanished from my memory.
The Most High ordered it — emptied —
To become a grim book of calamity.

- From Anna Akhmatova's third collection, White Flock(1917)

Love Story of Bobo The Monkey Prince

Untamed - Love,NGC,National GeographicUntamed Love: summing up a beautiful documentary by National Geographic.

Could well have been a Bollywood movie or a Pearl. S. Buck saga.

- Shot somewhere in South India.
- There are two tribes: The Mountain Tribe and The Old Temple Tribe.
- The tribes usually fight over the limited food.
- Story told in first person by a She monkey from the Mountain Tribe of monkeys.
- Jeela is young and beautiful.
- She falls for Bo-Bo a young handsome monkey Prince from her tribe.
- Bobo, being a prince, is dear to all.
- Bobo, the dear son of tribe chief Nine Fingers, is even allowed to climb the throne of the Chief - the lone tree a top the mountain.
- Bobo and Jeela spend a lot of time together playing around.
- A scheming powerful male Longtooth wants to be the Head.
- The monkey tribe of Temple attack the mountain.
- Nine Fingers and Longtooth give them a tough fight and they retreat.
- Nine Fingers and Longtooth follow them, but only one, Longtooth mysteriously returns.
- Nine Fingers gone. Longtooth takes control of the tribe.
- Bobo is now a nobody who Longtooth sees as a threat.
- Bobo and Jeela run away, carefully.
- The lovers take shelter in the mountains.
- They hide in a mountain cave.
- They spend some beautiful time together.
- Soon Longtooth finds them.
- Bo-Bo is injured and chased away.
- Bo-Bo moves to the area near Humans.
- Everything is exciting and new in the beginning.
- Almost gets rundown by a truck.
- ‘Vote for Ashok’: these are the words to be found alongside the number plate of the truck.
- Bobo is hungry and moves to the Banana fields.
- Monkeys of Old Temple area attack the fields.
- They do not notice him else would have been killed.
- Humans unleash Dogs after them.
- He finds sanctuary in the Old Temple.
- Lives among Humans and lives off them.
-She monkey gets on with her life.
-She is now pregnant with Longtooth’s child.
-But it seems she remembers Bo-Bo.
-Meanwhile, Bo-Bo finds acceptance with the Temple Tribe.
-An old female adopts him.
-In four years, he is the favorite of everyone.
-In eight years, he is the Alpha-Male.
-But he is always cutoff from other monkeys and their trivial life.
-Now, his gang is the Lord of the city: steal food, leftovers etc.
-There is no more fighting between the two tribes.
-Bo-Bo’s experience with Humans has helped them but they still sleep in Old Temple.
-Bo-Bo sometimes stares at the mountains, maybe he remembers.
-Thirty years have passed Bo-Bo returns to the mountains.
-He is old, sick, and back at his birthplace after having built an empire.
-Longtooth is long dead.
-Nobody from the Mountain Tribe recognizes him not even his love.
-She has six children and many more kin.
-Nobody accepts him; there is no place for an old monkey in the tribe.
-He moves away from that place to a high flat mountaintop.
-Camera focuses on an Eagle flying high in the sky.
-He stays there until the night.
-Next morning his body is found in the same cave that had given shelter to the two lovers.
He had lived a full and great life. He had known love, hatred, loneliness, brotherhood,dejection, and acceptance and in the process had touched the last frontier of his world.

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Update:
finally found its video online:
It's not the compete film, here the story starts with Bobo getting chased away by Longtooth. And we follow the life of Bobo. Thanks to the original uploader! I hope the makers of this film release it on DVD someday soon.Till then watch this:

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