Issue 23

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

Accepting the love is lost

Rebound by Savannah Cristina is a song about what comes after accepting that love is lost. It is all about the bounce back she says. You’ll hear the faint sounds of basketball in the background – a reference to the song’s title – and that she Cristina conceived the song while sitting in a park. .


‘Chained Melody’ depicts a haunting moment of Jewish triumph in Auschwitz

Asked by your tormentors to perform, what would you do? Could you do it? What would you play? That was exactly the dilemma that faced Srebenic, a Jewish prisoner of the Nazis. In ‘Chained Melody’ they depicted the event that really took place in a prison camp and the extraordinary way that the evening unfolded.


If, interpreted by Laure Stockley

The words to Kipling’s masterpiece re-imagined by the very talented Laure Stockley.


Olivia Coleman covers Glory Box with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and ukuleles

Olivia Coleman is a national treasure. And that is before you hear her sing. In a nervous, apologetic lead-up, Coleman delivers a beautiful rendition of the Portishead classic, Glory Box, accompanied by Phoebe and Isobel Waller-Bridge on ukuleles for Children In Need.

Lessons on living a good life – from a dog and a six year-old


We were sent this story by email. The source is anonymous but the message is essential. 

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

FromShane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.



Cover Photo: Ghislain Dussart, Anna Karina, 1960s



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