Another Year…

The Age Wizard has been at it again and given me another year. It rained all last night yet I couldn't find his footprints. All I knew was that when I woke up it was not just to my wife lying next to me but another year murmering under the duvet. The rain is still... Continue Reading →

Death and Taxis…

I was reading an article about a partially blind man who was refused entry to a taxi because he had a guide dog with him. The taxi driver, under the caring umbrella of UBER, simply would not allow him into his cab. The man with the dog then took the driver's name and badge number... Continue Reading →

Redemption And Circles…

Around again…

Read After Burnout

I found myself saying to my daughter’s English teacher that The Kite Runner was a redemptive text. I said it over and over again with an emphasis that suggested either intense intellectual interest or just senility.

Redemption has been on my mind of late. It is buzzing slowly around like a moth that is drawn to the last embers of a youthful life that has been lived. It came back again this weekend with memories, now long gone, of the time that I lived in London. More precisely it came back when I reconnected with a very good and long lost friend.

Some people have a bucket-list of things to do before they finally shuffle off. I have no such thing, though lately I have had a yearning to visit the Far East. That last one has something to do with the fact that it has always presented to me…

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Redemption And Circles…

I found myself saying to my daughter's English teacher that The Kite Runner was a redemptive text. I said it over and over again with an emphasis that suggested either intense intellectual interest or just senility. Redemption has been on my mind of late. It is buzzing slowly around like a moth that is drawn... Continue Reading →

London…

We have just returned from a long weekend in London. It was a family reunion and much needed R&R. It wasn't an unfortunate coincidence that a major storm blew over the UK; these things are happening all the time now despite assertions that this is nothing so serious to worry about. London, after all, is... Continue Reading →

Travels With My Tardis…

It is easy when you are beaten, he thought. I never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, he thought. ‘Nothing,’ he said aloud. ‘I went out too far.’ Ernest Hemingway   The Old Man and The Sea I first read this book when I was about fourteen years of age. Not a prodigious reader... Continue Reading →

Ay, There's The Rub…

Christopher Eccleston: ‘I really felt that I was going to die’  Christopher Eccleston: ‘The breakdown and hospitalisation changed my life.’ Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian After depression, the collapse of his marriage and decades of anorexia, the actor spent his 52nd birthday on a psychiatric ward. He talks about how he found his way back by Tim... Continue Reading →

Talking Turkey, Loudly…

The USA and the UK are two nations separated by a common language. What's more to the point is that they are separated by a volume and emphasis dial. I have just been reading articles of news and came across one from the States which dealt with the rather cuddly story of a man finding... Continue Reading →

Fool Britannia…

"In a dangerous world crowded with loud-mouthed “strongmen”, the EU was our best hope for an open, tolerant, free and peaceful community of nations. Those hopes are already threatened as populist movements have swept across Europe. Our withdrawal will weaken resistance to the xenophobic tendency. The lesson of our nation’s history these past centuries is... Continue Reading →

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