All credit to the man in the arena, still

These words from Theodore Roosevelt's motivational speech "Citizenship In A   Republic" were delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.  Fitting now, perhaps, as we mourn a man who spent his career "in the arena...marred by dust and sweat and blood". Since the heavyweight champion died last Friday aged 74, sports writers have polished their prose … Continue reading All credit to the man in the arena, still


Lasting impressions

Remembering some other remarkable lives of women who have recently died. All admirable achievers in their fields; their work will live on: as contributors, as role-models, as individuals . Zaha Hadid, Architect (1950-2016) Born in Baghdad in 1950 and based in London, Hadid was perhaps the most successful female architect therehas ever been. She was one … Continue reading Lasting impressions

Having a laugh on the long road for funny women

  Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.” William Hazlitt “On Wit and Humour” 1819.   The heartfelt tributes to Victoria Wood last week showed, however much she personally disliked the label, her status … Continue reading Having a laugh on the long road for funny women

Regarding the Royals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Royal tour of India and Bhutan has dominated our news headlines this week.  Certainly, the tour is a colorful display; worth a look as we, at home, splosh through a showery April. All has been impeccably planned and well choreographed; the organizers should be very pleased (we're not hearing the wrinkles and rankles). Scrutinized … Continue reading Regarding the Royals

What the Oscars tell us, about us

The Oscars; are crucial news, I'm sure you know.  The early part of this week's media reported little else. We get invited to view (though we'll never be allowed in) a big ol' glittery TV show. It takes hours to show us not a lot. But the hosts do their best to make us  feel welcomed, as we watch the Western world's best actors, buffed and booted and looking … Continue reading What the Oscars tell us, about us