Emotions and Neologisms (R13+)


On the rare occasions when my wife says she doesn’t feel very well I ask her, in order to be of assistance, how specifically she doesn’t feel very well. She usually says she’s not too sure so I suggest that perhaps her ‘gronglins are condibulated…’ or that it’s a sad case of ‘koprinitis’ – something […]

STORIES (R12+)


(For Laurie & Pat & Patrick & Tom & Ed & All…) Life’s a Story We Tell Ourselves One of the stories I tell myself is that it’s always time to begin again, like Mr Polly. Last night (3rd May 2014) for the umpteenth time I watched the old b&w, entirely gimmickless, film The History […]

So Many Different Parts We Play (R8)


So many different parts we play in life; yet at this moment now they all become focussed in this whatever it is that I call ‘I’. The ‘I’ that takes itself forward from this moment now into whatever activity it might have planned for the next minute, hour, day, week, month, year… Different time-scales define […]

Many Passions… (R7)


…for people, places, music, books and particular writers. Some writers I discovered more than fifty years ago quite by chance have remained solid and unchanging reference points for making sense of my life. Hilaire Belloc, for example—‘The Mowing of a Field’ in an old book of essays. Sturt, Chesterton, Lynd… Reading ‘The Mowing of a […]