The Need For Kings illustrated by 4 generations of monarchy

The Need For Kings

People since the beginning of time have felt the need for kings. They need something bigger than themselves. Something outside themselves. Something to look up to and respect. They need a warrior, a leader – someone to make the big decisions for them. God, the king of kings, is invisible. People want to see their […]

Writing Blogs is not Algebra illustrated a hand holding a clock

Writing Blogs is not Algebra

Writing blogs is a craft that should be honed until each blog is a work of art worthy to be framed and hung on the wall. Blogs should be precisely-cut diamonds, polished to perfection. Writing blogs is an exercise in ‘good’ writing. Like satisfying sex, blogs can’t be rushed. A rushed, careless blog is like […]

The future in our hands illustrated my Michelangelo's Hand od God

The Future in our Hands

The future in our hands is a butterfly we can nurture or crush. My hands have a mind of their own. They draw on memory and experience to press the keys that spell the words you read with your eyes and transfer to your brain to unscramble, savour, counter and store. Hands find the light […]

Boris Johnson and the Big Lie, Logan with Johnson's face

Boris Johnson and the Big Lie

The big lie is a propaganda technique used to trick people into believing the very opposite of the truth is the truth.  Hitler – the big lie: that Jews caused Germany’s defeat in World War 1. Nazi disinformation claimed that a clandestine alliance between Jewish bankers and communists – which makes no sense – were the power behind the […]

close up of A Kiss is Always More Than a Kiss

A Kiss is Always More Than a Kiss

There is nothing more human than a kiss. But then, a kiss is always more than a kiss.  The Kiss is a life-sized marble sculpture created in 1880 by Auguste Rodin that depicts the erotic axiom that a kiss is always more than a kiss. What we see is the 13th century Italian beauty Francesca […]

Dog Loyal Tories Barking Mad illustrated by Kate Middleton

Dog Loyal Tories Barking Mad

Dog loyal Tories must have been barking mad to have allowed Johnson into Downing Street. All those fat-bellied middle-aged patriots propping up bars with their Union Jack T-shirts and strong positions on migrants imagine Johnson is the sort of bloke they’d like to have a pint with. Don’t they know that their Prime Minister is a […]

Margaret Thatcher Ruined Britain illustrated by broken telephone boxes

Margaret Thatcher Ruined Britain

With her dire prophetic warning that there is no such thing as society, Margaret Thatcher ruined Britain. Winston Churchill, every Tory’s hero, once said that ‘democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others we have tried.’ What is democracy exactly? According to the Oxford dictionary, democracy is ‘Government by the people; that form […]

illustration shows Tristan and Isolde – Myth, Magic and Murder 

Tristan and Isolde – Myth, Magic and Murder 

The great love story Tristan and Isolde was written in the 12th century with lashings of love, sex, adultery, magic potions, betrayal and murder. Retold and embellished through the Middle Ages, Tristan and Isolde inspired Shakespeare, the Arthurian legends, Richard Wagner’s opera and every romance writer who ever lived, whether they realise it or not. If […]

Dylan and Orwell Light the Way - illustrated by Dylan reading a newspaper

Dylan and Orwell Light the Way

Dylan and Orwell. Different times. Different genres. But both were lighthouses beaming out shimmering brilliant words to light the way. I was in hospital aged 14 with a cracked skull after a tree fell on my head during a lightning storm in Epping Forest. My dad gave me a copy of 1984 while I was […]

Saturnalia is Only Christmas by Another Name - image from the Last Judgment by Michelangelo showing satarnalian orgy

Saturnalia is Only Christmas by Another Name

Saturnalia for the Romans was a time for stuffing themselves until they were sick and drinking until they fell over.  Romans during Saturnalia hung their morals in the cupboard for a week and moved in sodden gangs of friends from door to door singing bawdy songs. When they got home, they stripped naked and enjoyed an unshackled orgy. […]