On being defensive and self reliant…

When you have defended yourself for a long time against discouragement, despair, disappointment and doubt you assume the defensive posture of someone who is only afraid of more of the above and certainly not hopeful of alternative experiences such as joy, peace,  fun and hope. When you’ve battled through so much you can actually get... Continue Reading →

Green Book – film Review

No plot spoilers   This is an awesome film, I loved it. Set in 1962, a very refined black American piano virtuoso hires an ignorantly racist Italian nightclub bouncer from the Bronx to be his driver on a two month concert tour of the deep South. It's hardly surprising that he needs more than a... Continue Reading →

Tribute to Auntie Delyth

Farewell my Antipodean auntie, the youngest of my father's six siblings. You were born in India, the youngest child of Welsh missionaries, you married uncle Dennis to whom you were married for 60 years, in the UK and with him you emigrated to Australia. Your good Welsh name flipped pronunciation according to hemisphere, half of... Continue Reading →

Austria… its just very Austrian!

Okay, it's also a bit "Sound of Music" and generally very Alpine but it's also very self-confidently Austrian. They have a national culture, character, cuisine which they completely embrace. Seriously they DO wear lederhosen, and not just for the tourists. They play long alpine horns (and cow bells) as musical entertainment and every single house... Continue Reading →

Never Let Me Go

Book review Published 2005 and the film came out in 2010 so forgive slight plot spoiler in this reflection (about content not ending). What does it mean to be human? If we had to prove that we had souls, what evidence would suffice? Would it be the capacity to appreciate all create art, beauty, poetry?... Continue Reading →

Confirm Humanity?

Does anyone else think this is a very strange question? Am I the only one who longs to reply 'No, I'm actually an alien from the planet Zorg"? Of course, I get it. I am simply being required to confirm I am not a robot or a computer programme. But surely 'ticking a box' is... Continue Reading →

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