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Making myths

Alligators in the sewer, the serial killer in the room upstairs, insects in the beehive hairdo, and the vanishing hitchhiker. These are among the urban myths identified by Jan Brunvand … Continue reading

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The mother and the whore

I am watching ‘La maman et la putain’, I think for the third or fourth time. I don’t want to say it’s a ‘great’ film, because the only sure meaning … Continue reading

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Fighting back

I uncovered a family scandal recently. Looking through records to do with my grandmother, my mother’s mother, I found she had prosecuted her husband for violence and physical abuse, and … Continue reading

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Thursday, 30 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

A good start

The way you start anything – writing a book, making a journey, beginning a relationship, asking a prayer – determines how you finish it. To start well, you have to … Continue reading

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Thursday, 16 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

The sixties

Where were you in the 1960s? If you were a baby, or still deciding to be born, it is a fascinating period to explore. The Sixties is a 2014 10-part … Continue reading

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Saturday, 11 April, 2015 · 4 Comments

John Lennon, saint or devil

I watched a documentary on John Lennon recently. It was called The Real John Lennon, and it was my original intention to review it here. I do so below. But … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 1 April, 2015 · 2 Comments

Giants of science fiction

Science Fiction is a popular genre of literature and there are many types of SF published. But many of them are not truly, or fully, SF, just good books marketed … Continue reading

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Friday, 27 March, 2015 · 4 Comments


The theories of quantum physics, first formulated in outline by Albert Einstein in 1905 as a consequence of his theories of Relativity, have revolutionised the sciences. But they are not … Continue reading

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