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


“Death is the state of all non-beings whose number outweighs the souls of the living, Just as the sands of the world outnumber those contained in a single hourglass” (Anon)  We are condemned to life We are not condemned to death For death is non-existence Which is our true and natural state And therefore when … More Nothing

Ten Great Literary Misanthropes

Great writers have produced many great characters including some of these hard-to-love folks. So, let’s take a look at some of literature’s finest people-haters.  Barquentine (Gormenghast series) – It’s very hard to pick a character from Mervyn Peake’s gloriously demented trilogy, since many of them are people-haters of one sort or another, but Barquentine narrowly … More Ten Great Literary Misanthropes