The Origins of Travel: Grace Under Pressure

  We are often told that travel is freedom. It’s a romantic view of what is essentially leisurely migration. I don’t see it that way. Not anymore. Wanderlust: one of the most beautiful words in the English language (and typically of Germanic origins) is an evocative word that breathes mountain air and wistful breezes. But…

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 Real Good Stuff in Fiction

  For a couple of centuries now, at least since the likes of Henry James and Dostoevsky, the literary world has been in the grasp of the psychological novel. All the major masterpieces since then have been, in some way or another, a psychology-centred work. Gone are the days of the adventure novels, of Moby-Dick…

The Peer-Pressure Generation

    As of 2015 1.55 billion people are active on Facebook. 72% of these visit the site every month. There are 1.01 billion active users daily. Users spend on average over 20 minutes a day on Facebook. 83% of parent users are friends with their teenage children. There are 1.3 billion people registered on…