A generation that is denied the opportunity to study literature, or attend opera, is unlikely to learn the lessons of such horrors. And that cannot be good for democracy, even the broken version of it that prevails, now, in England. Continue reading Disdain for Culture and the road to Fascism
If, by some magic, I could be with you now, I could show you what the future might hold. But that is not possible. It all depends on the choices you make. I hope you make the right ones. Continue reading No-one can Predict the Future
Not so long ago there was a great outpouring of gratitude for front line workers. Now is the time to turn that gratitude into genuine concern by adhering to the restrictions, even if that means doing without some of life’s greatest pleasures for a few more weeks. Continue reading The Best Way to Show Your Appreciation for Front Line Workers
Women seem to be losing the race to be chosen to oppose the most mysogenistic, narcissistic man ever to hold office since the fall of the Roman Empire. Continue reading If not now, When?
If a defibrillator is applied within the first 3 to 5 minutes of someone collapsing, his or her chances of survival increase from 6% to 74% Continue reading Monday Musings 17/2/20
in recent decades civilised societies have lost their way, pursuing material well being without giving sufficient thought to its effect on the environment, other people and future generations. Continue reading Helping Jo With Her Last Chapter.
I wish I knew how to undo the damage done by those in the media who have spent 40 years denigrating the EU and those very English values it stands for. Continue reading A Gulf in Perceptions
It could have been any street in any industrial town or city in England that winter evening early in 1970. Almost fifty years later it is impossible to recall with accuracy the nature of the buildings that lined it, illuminated in the orange glow of sodium lighting. I imagine most would have been closed and shuttered except perhaps for a launderette or a tobacconist. A dress shop, hardware store and pharmacy would have ceased trading an hour or two earlier. A fish and chip shop would have announced its presence long before I reached it. It was around 7pm and … Continue reading An Angry Young Man
the risk involved in food retailing is enormous and we just could not compete with the supermarkets who were starting to develop their own deli counters and chilled ready meals. Continue reading Life Changing Events
This visit to Sally’s place was planned a while ago. We had a long chat, listened to music and cooked a spicy, if imaginary, joint. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed being part of it. via Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Open House Sunday Interview with author Frank Parker Continue reading Lurking in the Cafe and Bookstore #2