Comments on: No Man Is An Island http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DocTogden http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348611 Tue, 15 May 2012 10:21:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348611 TO EVE PILCHER: Glad to read what you wrote about Barry. I’ve been in touch with Barry on and off over the years and exchanged poetry. You may not remember me – but I used to visit with you and Barry in Roath / Cardiff in . . . 1976 I think. We used to have musical evenings and I enjoyed your ’cello playing. I was sorry to lose touch with you. I visited you once in Devises of all places . . . You may be interested to know that you are mentioned in Volume I of ‘an odd boy’ my memoirs of the Arts in the 1960s and 1970s. You probably remember me as Chögyam Togden. As an author of books on Vajrayana I use them name Ngakpa Chögyam and in the Arts field I’m know as Doc Togden.

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By: cesill_y http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348571 Sun, 13 May 2012 09:03:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348571 its not what you guys think matters, its if barry is happy to be alone or not.

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By: EvePilcher http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348564 Sat, 12 May 2012 15:21:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348564 This article seems to have aroused some contention,i guess it is a paradigm shift too far.In truth the story of Barry is not quite as he portrayed it.The move to Inishfree was a family affair i.e.it was plus me[his wife] and our daughter then age 10.Our motives for doing so were mixed,at the time there was a growing community including a family that home schooled,Euro money available for developement of the islands and promoting meaningful tourism and Inishfree is amazing.However…. it was,as they say ‘the best of times and the worst of times’.to cut a long story short NONE of it worked out,including our marriage.I moved back to uk with my daughter.Eventualy every one else moved away,Barry did try to move but the inertia of island life got the better of him.As it happens he is uniquely equipped to make the best of it,and has triumphed in many ways as evidenced by this article.Ime proud of him. Barry is a wonderfully benevolent person but does not ‘do’ normal life, he is probably right brain dominent,and has a shamanic type charisma often misunderstood.I am deeply grateful to the Irish people who do sometimes recognise him.What i am trying to say is that Barry is the real deal,and can be nothing other than what he is.Yes he did come into bloom in the 60s and had been stuck there for decades,ironicaly he worked at the I.C.A.for a while and helped to paint the hippies tomb.I can only celebrate his survival and evolution and let the rest go by.As Barry once wrote: ‘its the saxophones that keep up the sky’.

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By: DocTogden http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348533 Thu, 10 May 2012 19:00:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348533 The main point is that Barry Edgar Pilcher is a poet and musician. He is not advocating his lifestyle – he is simply living in a pace where he is free to write and compose. I would tend to agree with the first post vis-à-vis ‘Barry Edgar Pilcher as ‘probably the only real human being on this planet’, not because of where and how he lives – but because of who he is. I have not seen him for almost 30 years – but I knew him when he lived in Cardiff. He was a poet and musician then – and his creative life has never ebbed.

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By: trevorh http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348481 Mon, 07 May 2012 05:03:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348481 @onlyif

I think you misunderstand my real point.
My real point is that living like this guy and what the far left hippies proposed is not the solution at all!
My response was to the 2 posters before me.

Perhaps the sarcasm was not clear?

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By: onlyif http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348480 Mon, 07 May 2012 03:35:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348480 @trevorh

Would you seriously trade in the ability to 1) visit a doctor 2) go ‘hunting’ for food at your local supermarket 3) make use of the internet 4) enjoy equality between the sexes 5) to know that when a natural disaster hits, its not gods wrath etc etc… etc.

And your proposition that the life style these people lived was “very environmentalistic” flies in the face of the available evidence. People have been bending nature to suit them since time immemorial. Neo-lithic farmers over worked areas of land turning them into peat bogs. The Australian Aboriginal wiped out all the mega flora in Australia within a few hundred years of their arrival. They burned massive areas of land to flush animal out of the bush to kill… the fact that fire is a part of the bush cycle is not a natural development, its the result of 1000s of years of aboriginal people repeatedly burning the land.

The reality of tribal societies is that it was a harsh, violent, and short existence. Now if you really do look back at that time with a heavy heart then you should move to the centre of Australia. Not many folks out there, you’ll be find to de-clothe, put on your finest Kangaroo skin undies (yes these people did kill animal to wear as clothes…SHOCK HORROR!) and proceed to dig you dinner out from the dirt (yum yum!), rub 2 sticks together for fire and sleep under the branch of a tree. Going tribal has never sounded so fund…

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By: Skylor http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348479 Mon, 07 May 2012 03:13:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348479 Yeah OK, sounds kind of cool for awhile but won’t it be better to have a lady friend or two with you ?

20 years hes lived there–I would hope not all alone

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By: Skylor http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348478 Mon, 07 May 2012 03:13:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348478 Yeah OK, sounds kind of cool for awhile but won’t it be better to have a lady friend or two with you ?

20 years hes lived there–I would hope not all alone

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By: trevorh http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348477 Mon, 07 May 2012 02:32:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348477 The Native American, African Bushmen and Australian aboriginal tried the same thing before. Very green, very nice, very environmentalistic, very happy.

Well, it lasted until the more advanced people come ‘visit’ them.

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By: Harry079 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/03/no-man-is-an-island/comment-page-1/#comment-348476 Mon, 07 May 2012 02:23:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=28266#comment-348476 Emerson, Lake and Palmer

“Lucky Man”

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