Venezuela: The Forgotten Crisis

  I recently put up a tweet, which I called ‘the fat blob and the dictator’, about Diego Armando Maradona’s latest flirtation with Venezuelan president Maduro. The once-legendary (although in many ways the inferior to Lionel Messi – apart from winning a world cup) Maradona is going to be hosting a television programme in Venezuela…

What Noble Savage?

    I am as free as Nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran.             John Dryden, The Conquest of Granada   I forecast that in a civilization growing more and more tired of itself, a civilization turning more to insularity, to Trumpism…

The Shadows Of Paradise Vlog II

My second video blog about my ongoing novel The Shadows Of Paradise. Working hard on it, despite the depressing world news, and soldiering on – writing is the hardest thing anyone can do in the comfort world. I do encourage your feedback, after all, despite it all, the democratic process is still alive and strong!…

Standing Up For Comedy

  Tolerance. Freedom of speech. Hedonism. Three fundamental pillars to our way of life and civilization. Where these three uniquely meet, work together and blossom best is perhaps surprising: comedy. Hardly an Enlightenment pursuit. Yet it is more vital than we realise. Satire, irony, stand-up comedy; all these forms of humour creep and crawl around…

What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

    Growing up, the most important things I remember learning in school (most important from the educator’s point of view, rather than my own) was religion and history. In a country that is like an epileptic, every now and then having a fit of zealous religious movement or historical import, it could hardly have…