Bull-Leaping Minoans

What was the first European civilisation? How do we know they were truly European? And ought we be proud of the legacy these forefathers unwittingly initiated?             These are the kinds of questions that sail round one’s mind when reading about the Minoan civilisation.             Despite the beauty of the ruins found in Crete, the…

Ballads From The Lockdown

Written by Cassandra in her lockdown in Lisbon       Barbed-Wire Teeth   Last night I dreamt I had barbed wire in my teeth. In the morning I travelled to Sintra To watch the sunrise bleed Over the castle and forest That have never known barbed wire.   It was beautifully lonely, Like a…

I Don’t Want to be a Millennial

  I’m not a vegan. I’m not a vegetarian. I don’t plan on being one. I’m not a political activist. I’m not an environmentalist. I don’t like Greta Thunberg. But I do think the environment is worth protecting. I don’t think we live in end times. I think there are only two genders and he/she/it…

3 Poems From the Bullring

Having just returned to Malta from a week in Sevilla, I still can’t get a particular feeling out of my mind.   A lot of things have impressed me about the city, the flower of Andalucia. A city celebrated by poets like Federico Garcia Lorca, Rafael Alberti and Juan Anton Jimenez; a city that nourished…

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

The title is not my own. It is the title of a book every literature lover should own. Poems That Make Grown Make Cry is an anthology of poetry, edited by Anthony and Ben Holden, selected by renowned celebrities. People as diverse as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Irons and Christopher Hitchens chose poems that…

The Four B’s of Budapest – IV – Buzz

Are cities defined by their people or are the people defined by their city? It’s a hard question to answer. Almost as hard as the nature vs. nurture question. It is most probably a mixture of the two. The city and its inhabitants are bound in an unbreakable dance that shapes and moulds each in…

Travelling as Artist and Writer

Different creative types travel differently. A  photographer might need to stop at very bridge and cathedral, a performer might need to visit the opera or the theatre. If you’re a foodie blogger, then of course you need eateries.   This week’s post is a little different; this blog was co-written by my wife Chloe Fenech….

The Four B’s of Budapest – II – Beauty

  “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka   It seems to me, that throughout its history, Budapest has kept the ability to see beauty. Indeed, even now as Hungary enters another millennium of existence, it can…

The Four B’s of Budapest – I – Buildings

    Budapest was once an important city in a powerful empire obsessed with luxury. Walking through its streets today, you can still feel it. Imagine walking down Rome and feeling surrounded by the glory of Ancient Rome, or London and its Victorian heyday. Budapest easily ranks amongst those cities that combines an opulent history…

7 Reasons Why Writing is Art

  Why is writing an art form? It’s an intimate question that has permeated many of our subconscious thoughts. Unlike other art forms, people who are not authors or poets, frequently find themselves needing to write in their daily lives. We write emails, letters, cards, notes, assignments – the list goes on. We seldom find…