A Single Man

January 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

isherwoodandaudenMany of you may be familiar with the movie, by the same name, directed by Tom Ford. The movie differs from the book in its focus on the melodramatic and George’s sorrow; whereas in the book the humour has a dry, acerbic quality to it, and why in my opinion it fares better. As a result the book manages to be both witty and moving. « Read the rest of this entry »


Macbeth, who shall be king hereafter!

January 26, 2016 § Leave a comment


Shakespeare’s play is an essential and indispensable read in understanding power, its trappings, and the men who lust for it. We are introduced to the valiant and loyal Thane of Glamis: Macbeth, returning from the battlefield having done his king and country a mighty service. Yet upon hearing the witches’ prophecy the seeds of destruction and ruin for Scotland are sown. Though Macbeth broods upon the prophecy and harbours ambitions to be king he wavers in his decision to carry out the deed. Lady Macbeth chides and chastises her husband into finally committing the crime.
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Cologne & the Cultural Divide

January 21, 2016 § 1 Comment

With the assaults on German women on New Year’s Eve many find themselves questioning the policy of accepting refugees and migrants. Others are patting themselves on the back for having predicted such occurrences. And what was once lurking beneath the surface has finally broken through: the cultural divide between Europe and the Middle East. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Painted Veil

January 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

thepaintedveilReading the blurb that accompanies this novel you could be forgiven for rolling your eyes and expecting some B-grade, melodramatic novel about a woman who finally discovers herself and realizes what a vain and pathetic existence she has been leading. Well atleast that’s what I thought. But I was also aware that in the hands of Maugham this story had the potential for excellence. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe

January 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

One of the highest literacy rates in Africa. Excellent infrastructure and a claim to the title of  “rainbow nation” long before South Africa. How did Zimbabwe plummet from such heights to its current infamous reputation: a currency so hyperinflated that you require a wheelbarrow of cash in order to purchase a loaf of bread; cholera epidemics; food shortages; starvation; and rampant unemployment? Robert Mugabe. The world’s most infamous nonagenarian. « Read the rest of this entry »

Another fine year for writing

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

In about a month and a half this blog will be celebrating its 1st anniversary. I think I’ve certainly gotten the hang of things over the last 10 months. Here’s what’s in store for 2016. « Read the rest of this entry »

Staying on Top

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

I had long been exasperated by the lack of a good source of current affairs on my reading list. With the astronomical figures some newspapers charge for a subscription and the limitations on number of free, quality articles available on the net, my grip on what was happening in the world was slipping. No más, no más. I was strolling through Schiphol this Christmas, waiting for a connecting flight, when the double issue of The Economist sitting on a newstand caught my eye. One look at the cover and it’s list of articles was enough to make me fork out the exorbitant €7.50. Perched on a stool with a view of the crowds milling below I opened my copy. By page five I knew I had to get a subscription. And I have.

What do you get at €2.75 a week? Quality journalism covering a wide range of topics.

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