Clues and Labyrinths…

  “How vainly men themselves amaze…………” Old meanings are confusing enough without shoving two into a line, yet that is exactly what Andrew Marvell did without a flicker of compunction in the opening line of The Garden. The modern reader would be almost excused for thinking that narcissistic men are …

Role and Rolls….

  Some fellow ( I can`t remember his name) once said  “All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players” Which rather clumsily segues into this:   To act upon this stage you need, of course, a script, and that script was once given to …

The art of being unfashionable….

I enjoy being unfashionable. To such an extent that I have firmly embraced the deeply unfashionable, from Norman Wisdom films, virtually all monochrome films made in Britain after the war, GK Chesterton, JB Priestley, the terrible musicals of the 1960’s, including the wonderfully bad ‘Half A Sixpence’, Max Wall, Gilbert …

To be sent to Coventry……

  To be Sent To Coventry is to become a social outcast and be ignored by everybody. But why poor old Coventry?   During the English Civil War in the mid-1600s Coventry was a strong Parliamentarian town, and Royalist soldiers, captured during the early battles in the Midlands, would be …

Abolition and string trousers…

Today is the anniversary of the death of John Conrad (1921-1987) John Conrad, the fourth Earl Russell was the son of the great philosopher Bertrand Russell. Sadly it seems that the admirable qualities of the father were  not passed on to the son. During his infrequent visits to the House of …