Girl on a bus contemplating AN INCONSOLABLE LONGING

AN INCONSOLABLE LONGING

People carry in their hearts an inconsolable longing for something and they are never quite sure what it is. Most people’s lives go on as if they have no choice because they have no choice. Choice is the province of the privileged and daring. Most of us are neither. We have jobs, families, fears and responsibilities. […]

Bob Dylan Has Something To Say  with Dylan Reading

Bob Dylan Has Something To Say 

Some critics say Bob Dylan does not have a great vocal range. Others complain that his arrangements are more discordant than one hundred drummers whose hands are a-blazing. They miss the point. Bob Dylan has something to say. When the mise en scène is a perfect Ming vase of stage sets, props, costumes, lighting and production, you […]

Liars Rule the World, showing Putin, Johnson and Trump

Liars Rule the World

Boris Johnson is a liar. Donald Trump is a liar; famous for lying. Vladimir Putin is a liar. Liars rule the world.  Johnson is one of those liars who lies even when it is not necessary to do so. He lies because lies gush from him like water from the cistern when you pull the […]

Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld

Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld

The secret of a great love story is that the lovers are drawn together like magnets, then torn apart by circumstances. Or, as the Greeks would say: Fate. Orpheus and Eurydice were meant for each other, but had to go through Hell to be together. Orpheus is a musician and poet, the John Lennon of […]

Boris Johnson and the Queen show there is such a thing as society

There is such a thing as society

When Margaret Thatcher said there is no such thing as society, she was expressing the libertarian view that we are in the jungle and it is every man for himself. What is a libertarian? And why is it always so dangerous? Wikipedia: ‘Libertarians seek to maximise autonomy and political freedom, and minimise the state; emphasising free […]

Ed Sheeran Revives Masters of War illustrated by portrait of Dylan

Ed Sheeran Revives Masters of War

As the death planes drop bombs on the hospitals of Ukraine and the young people’s blood flows out of their bodies and is buried in the mud, Ed Sheeran’s new recording of Masters of War is a prayer for peace and a homage to Bob Dylan’s original written sixty years ago in 1962. Like Dylan, Sheeran […]

image shows Albert Camus and the absurd way of looking at life

Nothing Means Anything

If nothing means anything, what’s the point – in anything? Love, hope, dreams, desire, satisfaction, having babies – existence? This was the conundrum Albert Camus wrestled with after the mass slaughter of the Second World War when Europe lay in ruins and the future carried a sell by date. Post-war writers rejected the notion of […]

Boris Johnson and the Lord of Siberia

Boris Johnson and the Lord of Siberia

On the 19th of November 2020, the Lord of Siberia, Evgeny Alexandrovich Lebedev, the son of a former KGB officer, took his seat in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer. Like all those unelected lords, ladies, earls and dukes, he will for the rest of his life be able to voice his opinion […]

Reading Makes You Happy illustrated by a bookshelf full of books

Reading Makes You Happy

Reading makes you happy. In fact, reading keeps you healthy, open, energised and helps you get a good night’s sleep.  Oscar Wilde said: ‘If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.’ If Oscar had lived in the age of television he would have […]

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Retold illustrated in a bar mural

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Retold

In the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the mayor promises a stranger a bag of gold if he can rid the town of a plague of rats. After completing the task, he goes to collect his reward only to find that the mayor has convinced the people, his constituents, that they should now […]