Frustration and Love can’t exist in the same place at the same time, so get real and start doing what you would rather be doing in life. Love your life. All of it. Even the heavy shit that happened to you when you were 8. All of it was and is perfect.


A poignant reminder

As Durant famously said, civilisation exists solely by geological consent, subject to withdrawal at a moment’s notice. The rich and powerful of the Roman empire got a sudden reminder of this on August 24 in 79CE, when Vesuvius awoke and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing one of the earliest known scientists, Gaius Plinius the elder who crossed the bay of Naples from Misenum (where he was the admiral of the navy, see our biopic at While many people had fled the area, those that stayed were buried in incandescent ash, which excavators revealed in the 19th century when they started to pour plaster of Paris. Humans weren’t the only creatures immolated, as this excellently preserved cast of a dog, complete with collar attests. 


Image credit: Claus Ableiter