Monthly Archives: August 2015

Different Fires, Different Skies

When I was a child, I was often taken to air shows by one of my uncles, a man by the name of Albert Warren who had flown Spitfires and acted as a navigator in Lancaster bombers during World War … Continue reading

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Echoes of Nantes, 1793: Drowning in the Mediterranean

Over the course of the last few months, I’ve been increasingly horrified by all the accounts I’ve seen of mass drownings of migrants in the Mediterranean. Last week, a boat carrying as many as six hundred people capsized off the … Continue reading

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15 hour performance of Homer’s Iliad

Earlier today, I was surprised and delighted to learn of a 15-hour long performance of Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, while you can read the details of the event on this BBC link. I still occasionally encounter people who have … Continue reading

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[There is] No Rest [for the Wicked Ones]

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a prolific writer and correspondent, while I’ve been an equally enthusiastic conversationalist and raconteur who, in the tradition of Samuel Johnson, loves to “have out his talk”. All these aspects of … Continue reading

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