Wind and Wisdom

My Dear Sirs, Your esteemed publication recently prevailed upon me to write a little something of the history of St Fartsby’s Academy and by the grace of God and with suitable wind in my sails I shall do so, hoping these aging hands and dare one say, cheeks, are up to the challenge you have … More Wind and Wisdom

Dante Reimagined

A rewrite of sorts of Dante’s Inferno.  For some, hell is only temporary. For others – perhaps not! First Quarter Level One – The Mentally Lazy / Indolent The Wilfully Ignorant / Those who refused to think for themselves – Subjected to classes / lectures until they become more intellectually curious Gravy-Train Riders / Time-serving … More Dante Reimagined

In Defence of Vocabulary – Or Why we Should Dig ‘Big’ Words

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 the arcane engaged in eager exploration of the recondite corners of our mother tongue.  I embrace the sesquipedalian and it, I believe, … More In Defence of Vocabulary – Or Why we Should Dig ‘Big’ Words