WHY PEOPLE HATE THE DAILY MAIL

There are many reasons why people hate the Daily Mail – reflecting the fact that the Daily Mail is itself filled with hate.  The Mail hates everything: foreigners, migrants, judges, the myopic middle-class who drag themselves up the greasy pole and are made to feel as if they still don’t belong – where or to […]

A skeleton reading a book illustrates the smell of dead dreams.

THE SMELL OF DEAD DREAMS

We take flowers to the hospital when we visit the sick and dying without reflecting on the irony that cut flowers are already dead and their scent is to shield us from the smell of dead dreams.  We see on our death bed, not our whole life flashing before us – as with a drowning […]

Bob Dylan on a motorcycle illustrates the song I SHALL BE RELEASED.

I SHALL BE RELEASED

When Bob Dylan in 1967 recorded I Shall Be Released in the basement of the Big Pink, a house rented by Rick Danko close to Woodstock, the title was elegiac and had a double meaning, naturally. The previous summer, on the night of 29 July 1966, Bob almost faced his maker when he skidded off […]

Beach scene illustrates CADAQUES MARXISM AND THE UNIVERSIDAD DE LA VILLA.

CADAQUÉS MARXISM AND THE UNIVERSIDAD DE LA VILLA

Cadaqués Marxism began long before Karl Marx was born and lasted until the middle of the 19th century when Marx and Engels in 1848 published the Communist Manifesto. The first settlers in Cadaqués were not wanderers seeking a safe haven, but the masons and carpenters with their wives and children who had laboured for three […]

Portrait of Anaïs Nin illustrates THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EROTIC AND PORNOGRAPHIC

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EROTIC AND PORNOGRAPHIC

What is the difference between erotic and pornographic? It is probably not a question I would ever have asked myself until I got a call from a photographer who ran a website ‘with tasteful shots of naked girls.’ He was launching a magazine to be called The New Nude and needed an editor. Would I […]

Bob Dylan photo illustrates THE DISTANCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG

How do you measure the distance between right and wrong? Does it vary like the moon’s distance from earth? Or is it exact like Einstein’s E = mc2? Can you be a little bit wrong? Or almost right? Big Brother’s Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s 1984 convinced the oppressed that 2+2=5 and did so in […]

Author with his books illustrates the benefits of A PERSONAL LIBRARY.

A PERSONAL LIBRARY

Umberto Eco (1932-2016) – the Italian philosopher and novelist, author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum – had a personal library of 50,000 books. He thought of books as medication, each volume appropriate to different ailments, moods and moments of ennui. He said: ‘Those who buy only one book, read only that one […]

Five happy women illustrate how to be happier.

HOW TO BE HAPPIER

We would all like to know how to be happier and the answer may be a lot more simple than we thought. I typed ‘how to be happier’ into Google and in 0.43 seconds received 228 million listings. Give each one two minutes and it will take almost a year (reading 24/7) to read them […]

Photo of Clifford Thurlow shows that your name becomes who you are.

YOUR NAME BECOMES WHO YOU ARE

In my research into the name Thurlow, it occurred to me that your name becomes who you are and has a far stronger influence on our lives than we imagine. An article published in Psychology Today shows that people have stereotypical views of others based on their names. Names can reveal cultural values and locations […]

Femen topless girl illustrates LADY GODIVA AND PEEPING TOM

LADY GODIVA AND PEEPING TOM

Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom had an assumed or telepathic pact. When she rode naked through Coventry in the 11th century, had the hot bloodied young Tom not taken a peep, her theatrics may have been a complete flop. The money grubber Lord Godiva had hiked up the rents paid by the impoverished tenants on […]