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 […]

A family of swans show that KILLING A SWAN is illegal.

KILLING A SWAN

Killing a swan was once considered an act of treason and still today you can end up with a large fine, even a prison sentence. I didn’t know that when I was 14 and didn’t know that summer day in the school holidays that I would be killing a swan. There were four of us […]

trump and Sunak show how to steal an election.

HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION

With time running out for Rishi Sunak before the next general election, the Tories are frantically flipping through the playbook on how to steal an election. Sunak’s first dodgy stratagem is bringing in photo IDs, which could disenfranchise as many as two million people. The best form of identity is a passport or driving licence. […]

M Donegon painting of HMS Eskimo illustrates THE ARCTIC CONVOYS TO RUSSIA.

THE ARCTIC CONVOYS TO RUSSIA

Winston Churchill was piped aboard HMS Tyne and dad after hearing him nightly on the wireless got a glimpse of their wartime leader in person. It was August 1942 and Gunner Thurlow was among the several hundred sailors expecting the pep talk to confirm the rumour that the Arctic convoys to Russia were about to […]

DALI, DISNEY, DESTINO AND PINK FLOYD

A YouTube user calling himself BigDaddyAEL1964 saw the Dalí/Disney film Destino and what came to his mind was Time by Pink Floyd. It was a stroke of genius. Salvador Dalí met Walt Disney in 1945 and both knew on instinct that they had to collaborate on a project. That project was Destino, the story of a […]

Leonardo's portrait of Mona Lisa illustrates THE MYSTERY OF THE MONA LISA SMILE.

THE MYSTERY OF THE MONA LISA SMILE

The mystery of the Mona Lisa smile is that the mystery has finally been solved. Lisa del Giocondo is amused watching Leonardo da Vinci’s head pop out from behind the easel as he paints her portrait and smiles that illusive smile. ‘Yes, yes, lovely, dear. Keep your head still. Don’t move your lips…’ ‘I’ll try […]

DON’T LOOK BACK

If someone shouts, ‘don’t look’ or ‘don’t look back,’ the natural instinct is to turn and have a good look. When the Sea God Poseidon caught a glimpse of Medusa, it was a disaster. She was a beautiful young priestess with golden curls falling over her pretty shoulders and served in the temple of Athena […]

Cactus flower shows Message From a Cactus

Message From a Cactus

The other night we received a message from a cactus and I laid in bed unable to sleep thinking about it. The cactus stands in the narrow passage at the back of our house in Cadaqués in an old pot among several plants we don’t always remember to water. Who do they belong to? They […]

The First Movie Ever Made illustrated by poster from A Trip to the Moon

The First Movie Ever Made

The first movie ever made was Le Voyage Dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) by the French pioneer Georges Méliès in 1902. He had shot more than 100 short films to prepare himself for the 14-minute one-reeler and left audiences aghast with a rocket voyaging into space, circling planets and alien life forms […]