The Queen and Putin rule by divine right.

RULE BY DIVINE RIGHT

In the early days of exploration and conquest, a strong leader would seize new lands and make himself king. He would raise his flag over the vanquished and rule by divine right. Holy men travel in the shadow of kings to proclaim the slaughter Holy War and draw up official documents to legitimise the new […]

Boris Johnson carries a sign that shows that you can Never Trust a Tory

NEVER TRUST A TORY

Never Trust a Tory is not an unreasonable attack, fake news, a cliché. It is an incontrovertible fact that takes us back to 1979 and Mrs Thatcher’s assault on society – which, she said, did not exist. With her close adviser Nicholas Ridley, Mrs Thatcher agreed to a strategy to abolish the NHS that became known […]

Futuristic landscape depicts 5 DAILY WRITING RITUALS FOR WRITING BETTER

5 DAILY WRITING RITUALS FOR WRITING BETTER

I composed these 5 daily writing rituals for writing better after a period of writer’s block – which I didn’t believe in before I had it – and discovered that by creating firm habits, the block like ice in the sun melted and the words began to flow. It’s not easy being a writer. It’s […]

Diane Kruger illustrated WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY THEY FIRST MAKE BEAUTIFUL

WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY THEY FIRST MAKE BEAUTIFUL

“Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad” is a line from the play Antigone, written circa 440 BC by Sophocles and borrowed by writers ever since. “Whom the gods would destroy they first make beautiful” is probably more applicable when you consider the case of the great beauty Helen: the face that launched a thousand ships. Helen […]

THE SECOND SEX MORE RELEVANT THAT EVER illustrated by Queen Leticia and Princess Kate Middleton

THE SECOND SEX MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER

With their bonnets and frills, slender legs and empty smiles, Queen Letizia of Spain and the Duchess of Cambridge are the poster girls for the second sex. The ideals of equality and emancipation women have struggled to achieve for centuries is swept away like a handful of dust every time they slip into their stilettos […]

thelma and louise illustrate suicidal tendencies

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

Writers are prone to suicidal tendencies. In fact, more than other creatives, the man and woman of letters is ’10 to 20 times more likely than his contemporaries to suffer manic depression.’ If you want to cheer yourself up, you can read all about it in Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, by Kay […]

HOW TO Girl typing doesn't know how to FIND THE RIGHT WORD

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT WORD

If you want to find the right word, stop looking. It will find you. Words don’t like being prodded about. They want to be left alone. They mingle in dusty corners, conspiring to keep the lost word hidden. They appear – when they appear – like the evening primrose that blooms in the dark when […]

BDSM woman illustrated MARQUIS de SADE - LIFE OF DEBAUCHERY

MARQUIS de SADE – LIFE OF DEBAUCHERY

The Marquis de Sade plucked reluctant virgins, debauched serving girls, beat his wife, practised sodomy and wrote stories featuring rape, incest, necrophilia, torture and bestiality. He was also a war hero, lent his name to the word sadism and practically invented the erotic genre. More two hundred years after his death in 1814, the Marquis de […]

MESSAGE FOR THE RED WALL

This is a message for the red wall voters who chose Brexit in the Referendum and Boris Johnson in the General Election: You’ve been: lied to conned cheated treated like fools You chose Brexit to take back control and lost what little control you had – the freedom to live, work and start a business abroad; […]

The Bombing of Guernica painted by Picasso

THE BOMBING OF GUERNICA 

The bombing of Guernica on 26 April 1937 wiped the small Basque town off the map. The outrage inspired Picasso’s painting Guernica, one of mankind’s greatest pieces of art, and has been replicated through March of 2022 by Vladimir Putin’s persistent air strikes on Mariupol.  The attack on Guernica, an undefended town of 7,000 people, […]