Doing it for the greater good

"Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don't think so," Prince Harry is reported as saying this week. A quote that's likely to have pleased his family as much as his divorced starlet/humanitarian girlfriend and his desire to "modernize the monarchy." His further explanation “we will … Continue reading Doing it for the greater good

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Under duplicitous fire

“Oh the miserable and calamitous spectacle!” wrote John Evelyn in 1666. “...London was, but is no more”. The story of the Great Fire of London in 1666, a staple of the primary  curriculum, is a glimpse of history that colours our early schooling. And this week we know why it's still important. As the horror footage … Continue reading Under duplicitous fire

Grieving together for the darling buds of May

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying. Robert Herrick (1648) And in this week of terror, terrible grief and collective mourning we may find some consolation to think of those killed and injured like Herrick's ‘rosebuds’; cherished and adored. The rosebud, simply the … Continue reading Grieving together for the darling buds of May

What should Jeremy do with negative news? Have some borage.

Unelectable, unrealistic, unpatriotic, oh yes and a loony. The British press have found a ready beast to beat this election it seems. In a survey of negative news this week, Loughborough University have worked out that the Labour party are getting it in the neck, way more than the other political parties. And Jeremy Corbyn, … Continue reading What should Jeremy do with negative news? Have some borage.

In need of a boost for your snap election Mrs May? Bring on the snapdragons…

Mrs May, ever the Vicar's daughter, seemingly wants to deliver us unto us.  And she seems to aim to do so with strength and graciousness. Like a snapdragon. Upright, tall and strong.  The flower with power and jaws and a snout. Believed to protect, restore, and strengthen...     Theresa May's try-out then as chat show guest (BBC, … Continue reading In need of a boost for your snap election Mrs May? Bring on the snapdragons…

It looks like a ding dong of a divorce

Are horror marriages becoming a trend? In the past year we've had the celebrity version - Jonny Depp and Amber Heard, the 'trapped without love for 40 years' version - Tini Owens,  'the buried in a cesspit' version - Helen Bailey.  And now we've got the Mel B version. Allegations of threesomes, extortion, physical violence, an affair with the … Continue reading It looks like a ding dong of a divorce

Misled by fancy’s meteor ray

In the YBA boarding school/ mystery novel, Murder Most Unladylike by Robyn Stevens, new girl Hazel is led astray by the charismatic Daisy - after being tricked into climbing into her own trunk and then locked in. Hazel says “in a way, I have been getting into trunks for Daisy ever since, without stopping to ask why”.  Who's influencing our children, once … Continue reading Misled by fancy’s meteor ray

We want she-Bobbies, with faults and all

Have a little think about the Police. Who comes to mind? A man in uniform, likely.   Quickly imagine a police detective? That'll be Rebus, Maigret, Wallander, Frost, Zen, Morse, or Columbo then? Yes there's a theme here. We think of the police as men, yes we do. And the women who come to mind are probably … Continue reading We want she-Bobbies, with faults and all

We all should be a Valentine

"All you need is love", sang The Beetles in 1967.  In a world that seems focussed on power and money and politicized religion, we probably need to think about love some more. Really think about love you know; the what, the why, the how.  And then consider how we are without love. It's easy to be cynical about … Continue reading We all should be a Valentine