Monthly Archives: June 2011

Losing their marbles …

I’m beginning to think they do it deliberately just to annoy me. I’m talking, of course, about the Greeks. Can’t I simply live a quiet blogger’s life without being tempted into controversial, flagrant or provocative polemic by those denizens of the Aegean? Once again, as the rest of Europe teeters on the brink of sending

Thy face, my Thane …

“If I had no names for what exists, I’d be surrounded by miracles” [from “The Making of Reality” by Jörg Starkmuth] I recently re-watched “Empire of the Sun”, but this time I did a little research afterwards. Like most innocent cinema-goers, I had believed, both while watching the film the first time some years ago

The Arab sprung …

Has the bounce gone out of the Arab Spring? It’s a legitimate question. Let’s take a moment to compare it with that other relatively recent time of great euphoria: 1989. From a safe distance (at least for most of us) we watched in astonishment as state after state of the formerly solid and immutable Warsaw

Pavane for an unborn princess

Each year the statistics improve very slightly, enough to give hope, but not enough to bring comfort. India still bears the ignominious title of world number one country for abortions of a particularly egregious type. I am not referring to foeticide as a desperate act of medical triage to save a mother’s life, nor of