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 →

Little Island…

We have such big hopes for the future, us little islanders. Once we thought we ruled the world. We made everything British and some made it all English. Now we are ready to rise again, prepared to take our place at the head of a long table. Exporters all over the world are queuing up... Continue Reading →

A Blast Of The Past…

I have been spending an awful lot of time in front of this screen. It's become a go-to action for when I wake up. It gives me a reason and an excuse. It's part of my recovery. It  could also be part of my self-deception. Of all the things to say to yourself when you... Continue Reading →

Monday Thoughts…

When To Stop Dreaming And Start Scheming... All dreams and fantasies stop here. The sign read. Well, it didn’t really read as shout. You have been warned! I had been warned! I was being warned! What is the point of dreaming if that is what it is? An intangible smorgasbord of images and ideas that... Continue Reading →

Before The Future…

Just when did we spend so much time thinking about the future? In the past, the more distant past, we lived little lives. Our survival was threatened at every turn by the real possibility of being extinguished. When cemetaries recorded ages of the dead as belonging within three decades, when old men and women reached... Continue Reading →

Just A Moment…

Just a moment, that was what has occurred. I was writing the concluding chapters to my book, The Story of Eve, when I stopped to change direction. I have been finishing this novel off for the past four months and it has been causing frustration and concern at every juncture. It has not been an... Continue Reading →

A Moment…

Just a moment, that was what has occurred. I was writing the concluding chapters to my book, The Story of Eve, when I stopped to change direction. I have been finishing this novel off for the past four months and it has been causing frustration and concern at every juncture. It has not been an... Continue Reading →

Give A Little Bit…

I must have been in one of my more strident phases (they come less and less the older I get) when one of my students pointed out that you should never fall out with people over politics. My normal view is that this is perfectly acceptable, indeed necessary to maintain ethical standards. He said that... Continue Reading →

The Other Side of Madness…

"You know," a friend confessed, "my writing was much better when I was suffering." We were talking about breakdowns. The terrible journey we had taken from the staright path of normality. Some years back, we had both hit our walls. We were both in professions that indicated our public spirit and quests to improve things.... Continue Reading →

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