List – Historical Figures Who Never Married

Self-explanatory Famous men and women in history who never married: Louisa May Alcott – American novelist and abolitionist Hans Christian Anderson – Danish writer Susan B Anthony – American reformer St Thomas Aquinas – Italian philosopher and theologian Jane Austen – British novelist Arthur Balfour – UK Prime Minister Clara Barton – American, founder of … More List – Historical Figures Who Never Married

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

Random Music Quiz

Here’s another of those endless quizzes you find online about favourite albums. Here’s my answers – just for a bit of fun. What’s Your Favourite… Live album? Motorhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith or the two Cash ones listed below Jazz album? Miles Davis – Kind of Blue Country album? Johnny Cash – Live at … More Random Music Quiz

The Moon Under Counter – or the Ideal Coffee Shop

Here’s an affectionate tribute to one of the more light-hearted pieces penned by the great George Orwell. His original piece ‘The Moon Under Water’ was first published in the Evening Standard, in 1946. It describes Orwell’s ideal pub. Unlike the great George Orwell, the master essayist of the last century, I am not and never … More The Moon Under Counter – or the Ideal Coffee Shop