Something I’ve had in mind for a while – I hope you enjoy it The late, great art critic Brian Sewell once claimed the worst thing he could call anyone was a ‘Vicar of Bray.’ As an insult, it’s not very effective these days for the simple reason most people have likely never heard of … More In Defence of the Vicar of Bray
This letter was and never will, be sent. Aside from the fact I will never see this person again, the purpose of writing it was to satisfy a need in me rather than to prompt reform in them. This is one of the most personal things I’ve ever written. Dear _______, It’s been … More Open Letter to a Former Bully
I think it’s about time someone stuck up for one of literature’s most maligned characters. I refer of course, to that glorious old curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge esq. There can be few characters in fiction, other than perhaps Milton’s Satan, to have got so raw a deal as this ageing Victorian businessman, better known as the … More In Defence of Scrooge
I was inspired to write this essay by Will Self, an unapologetic lover of obscure lexicography if ever there was one. I begin with a confession – I like big words. Do I hear snickering? Unkind laughter? For shame, good sirs. Verily, I am an unapologetic lover of lexicography, a celebrant at the altar of … More In Defence of Vocabulary – Or Why We Should Dig Big Words
What’s the message in Disney’s classic 1937 film Snow White? Could it be that good always triumphs? That love conquers all? That we shouldn’t judge by appearances? Yes to all three – but I’d like to suggest another, perhaps less obvious message at play And it’s this – that intelligence is bad, stupidity is good. … More Some Day My Brain Will Come – Snow White and Intelligence
Hey kid, This is me, your older self speaking. I won’t bother with a great long preamble – you just want some good advice, right? Here it comes. Choose your friends carefully. Some people are fun to hang out with when things are going good. When they’re not, they don’t want to know. The best … More Advice To My Younger Self
People always say ‘Have a good Christmas’ – but what does it actually mean? Here’s my answer – and I hope it brings you joy and merriment, just like a warming glass of your favourite tipple. Enjoy. A Good Christmas. I HAD many good Christmases as a child, but depressingly it seems they’ve grown thinner … More What’s a Good Christmas?