Matt Hancock with Gina Coladangelo

Hancock Lies Unzipped by a Kiss

It’s enough to make you laugh. Or cry. Or throw up. Health Secretary Matt Hancock lies to the public over serious life and death issues and resigns after getting caught in a kiss. Hancock caused the unnecessary deaths of many thousands of elderly people by sending them from hospitals back to nursing homes with Covid. […]

Boris Johnson posing with his team in the Eton ball game

There is Only One Rule in the Eton Wall Game

David Cameron dropped the ball and Boris Johnson scrambled it out of the scrum with a series of feints, dodges and subterfuges. There is only one rule in the Eton Wall Game and only Old Etonians know what it is. The Eton Wall Game is only played at Eton, the poshest school in the world. The purported purpose of […]

Does Bob Dylan have Duende?

Dylan, Duende, Death and Lorca

Does Bob Dylan have duende? Do you have duende? What is duende?  Duende is a Spanish word with two meanings. A duende is a goblin or a pixie that probably lives at the bottom of the garden and gives three wishes to old ladies who deserve a break. The duende was best defined by Spain’s great […]

Picture show Ernest Hemingway writing by hand

5 Key Writing Tips by Ernest Hemingway

The 5 Key Writing Tips by Ernest Hemingway look straightforward enough, but then, nothing when it comes to writing is ever easy. This is Hem’s advice:   Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative. Never have only 4 rules. Tip No.1: use short sentences says avoid sub-clauses bracketed […]

Image shows moving train in the first moving picture ever

An Invention Without a Future

On a cold December night three days after Christmas in 1895, guests filed into the dimly-lit basement at the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris. In this age of marvels and miracles, what the people had come to witness was what Louis Lumière described as ‘An invention without a future.’ Louis and […]