The closet Classicist…..

  I thought that I would share this interesting nugget about Karl Marx. According to E.M Butler on page 144 of his The Tyranny of Greece over Germany (1935)…….. Our favourite anti-capitalist was a bit of a closet classicist. “Living in Trier, under the shadow of the Porta Nigra, Marx …

Matching meals and a folly…

  Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, the 14th Baron Berners, was a gifted composer , novelist, painter and devisor of practical jokes.. When he was a young boy, he learned that birds learn to fly when they are pushed from the nest. So he attempted to “teach” his mother’s dog to fly. …

Unlucky…….

Just when everything seems to be going to plan, the fickle finger of fate appears and a potential celebration turns into commiseration. It does say much for the doughty souls involved in racing that to paraphrase Kipling , win or lose they do “treat those imposters the same” Although there …

Beckett, Cretins and Christians

I was thinking about Max Wall (as you do) earlier today, and I came across a magnificent clip on Youtube showing the great man playing Vladamir in Waiting for Godot.. Estragon: That’s the idea, let’s abuse each other. They turn, move apart, turn again and face each other. Vladimir: Moron! …

What the f*** is a Pathetic fallacy

This a phrase coined by the chaetophobic (more about this in a later blog) critic and essayist John Ruskin , to call attention to the tendency on the part of second-rate poets (surely not me) to attribute to nature the emotions and motivations of human beings…….. clouds seem sullen,  leaves …