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Y stands for Yogi,

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, (Yogi means great Seer)was a great Seer and travelled the world teaching Transendental meditation.


 'Transendental meditation'.....has been described as both religious and non-religious and mainly rooted in Hinduism. The meditation practice involves the use of a Mantra (especially in Buddhism and Hinduism). It is a word or sound that is believed to have a special spiritual power. A personal Mantra is sometimes repeated as an aid to meditation or prayer. 

   Association with the Beatles.
 The Beatles went to study with him in Bangor North Wales, before travelling to Rishikesh in India (1968) to devote themselves fully to his instructions. Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen left after ten days, Paul and his girlfriend Jane Asher left after five weeks and John and Cynthia Lennon, George Harrison and Patti Boyd, left sixteen days later . During their stay they were led to believe that the Marahishi Yogi had made unwanted advances to the actress Mia Farrow it is w…

Xanadu

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Kubla Khan  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure -drome decree; Where Alph the sacred river ran  Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of  fertile ground With walls and towers were girded round;  And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills, Where blossomed many an incense- bearing tree And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery. But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
 Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover! A savage place! as holy and enchanted As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
 By woman wailing for her demon - lover! And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething. As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, A mighty fountain was momently was forced: Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail, Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:  And mid these dancing dancing rocks at once and ever It …

V for

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Visions of Christmas of Times Gone By. When I think of Christmas my thoughts invariably venture back to my childhood in the 1950's. One of my Visions of Christmas takes me back to one Christmas Eve when my brother and I trudged through the snow to sing Christmas carols in ou local church choir. I can always remember the magical atmosphere that enveloped us as we merrily sang 'Ding Dong Merrily on High' and other favourites.
On this particular Christmas when the carol service had finished our dad was waiting at the church door to escort us home because it was snowing heavily, We arrived home to a welcoming  mug of  hot chocolate and delicious warm mince pies, which our elder sister Norma made. (Sadly Norma died at the end of December 2015). Then, it was off to bed to sleep and perhaps, dream of the gifts we hoped Father Christmas would bring us. Visions of Christmas Day brings my brother, me and big sis Norma, sitting in front of a roaring log fire opening our presents, whils…