Category Archives: Writing

Real Books, Fake News

Yesterday, I picked up a second-hand copy of John Le Carre’s novel A Most Wanted Man, while I also received – as a belated birthday present – a pristine hardback copy of The Tarot, a non-fiction study of these mysterious, … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Richard Cavendish, genius author of The Black Arts

I do not know of a single person who has not suffered in some way during 2016, not only on account of one or more of their cultural or childhood heroes dying, but also because of the way they perceive … Continue reading

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Hazlitt on Coleridge; Lovecraft and Stonehenge

A few days ago, while I was attempting to get the piles of books here in my study into some kind of order, I was delighted to rediscover my aged, hardback copy of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. The … Continue reading

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The 2016 Contest for the Bardic Chair of Exeter

A few days ago, I learned of a forthcoming contest to decide who will replace the gifted Mantie Lister as the new Bard of Exeter. I’ve had a great fondness for poetry ever since being introduced to this art form … Continue reading

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The Kite and the Crow

“Behold the soaring crow and kite Emblazoned in their woodland flight Plumed in totem black and red As if both heart and night had bled Elemental sprites of air To make poor humans stop and stare.” The photograph above shows … Continue reading

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Echoes in the Darkness of Silbury Hill

In 1849, workmen under the direction of Dean Merewether hacked another tunnel into the side of Silbury Hill, hoping to uncover the golden coffin of King Zil or else the legendary ruler himself seated on a life-size horse cast from … Continue reading

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Lost

One of the gifts I was fortunate enough to receive for Christmas in 2015 was this handsome volume of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, from my son Jack. In addition, I have two volumes of the Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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