IT ALL DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY…


Sometime in the 1940’s somehow I stumbled upon a radio programme called The Brains Trust. I think my mother perhaps used to listen to it. This must have been before 1948 because I was upset by media enthusiasm when, on 12th April 1948, Professor CEM Joad (1891-1953), a key figure in the programme, was convicted […]

CLEARING THE SHELVES


Apart from my library, I have three comparatively small bookshelves which I visit every so often when my chain reading habit has ground to a halt for some reason. The books on these shelves are not in alphabetical order nor are they classified by subject matter, so that, starting from the top left hand corner, […]

SPEAKERS’ CORNER


In my late teens, back in the 1950’s, I often used to visit Hyde Park Corner on a Saturday afternoon to listen to the speakers on their soap boxes (milk crates or ladders). I used to marvel at the way they held an audience and dealt with hecklers with humour and abandon, wondering what it […]

MY DESCHOOLING


I found a battered old copy of Ivan Illich’s Celebration of Awareness lying around on my impossible-to-work-at desk top. Together with his Deschooling Society, it was a book I acquired in the late 1970’s more or less at the height of my desire to make something different happen in the world which I still thought […]

I have been busy


…reading the many and varied books in my ‘To Be Read’ shelves. The latest one is an edited version of Leo Tolstoy’s marvelous anti-war Sevastopol Sketches which I see I bought in 1974! All books yield up something worth recording and, apart from Tolstoy’s incisive anti-war rhetoric, this one gave me a ‘Found Haibun’. A […]