Blogs

For Sama by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 2019, Channel 4, 9pm

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-sama/on-demand/66428-001 When you get personal, you get real. Waad al-Kateab, using phone and camcorder gives voice and sound and fury to what was once her home, Aleppo, before it was levelled and she, her husband and daughter, Sama, were forced into exile. There’s echoes of other diarists such as James Baldwin’s, A Letter to My Nephew, which argues ‘it’s the innocence which constitutes the crime’. Waad al...

Gdansk

In November, 1988, a crowd of around 20 000 cheered as the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, met Lech Walesa. He was a shipyard worker from the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk and leader of Solidarity, the independent Polish trade union movement. Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski had Thatcher’s car stopped before she reached the airport to board a Royal Airforce jet to London and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. ‘I came to see and to have a long talk with...

Celtic 2—1 Lazio.

Celtic 2—1 Lazio. Celtic got lucky last night and I got unlucky, with my three quid bet on Christopher Julien to score the first goal, odds 40/1. Julien popped up with the winner on the last minute of the ninety. But there was still time for the Italians to fling players forward. Celtic held out. Prior to the nail-biting finale, with some stout defending, but for two wonder saves by Fraser Forster victory could and perhaps should have went to...

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn book review

'...we made tea. Moth found a hairy wine gum in his pocket so we cut that in half.' The South West Coast Path stretches from Minehead in Somerset down to Lands End and back to Poole. 630 miles, a lot of steep paths.. I've only done teeny bits and taken the bus back home or gone to a Youth Hostel. (I love Tintagel Youth Hostel.) Raynor and Moth have are homeless. They are fifty and the farmhouse they've built from a ruined shell which is also...

Fallen Angels

Mothers of the Disappeared

Mother, Memories, and Calculus

I've just noticed that i reposted an item called Mother, Memories, and Calculus, and four people commented on it. I have no recollection of reposting...although obviously I did. It's just the way I am nowadays. I like to think of it as being a little forgetful. Unfortunately it is happening more and more. Thankyou to those who commented. I'll try to be more attentive in future.

Derren Brown (2016) Happy: Why more or less everything is fine.

I like Derren Brown which makes everything easier. As Billy Connolly said when people approach him they are usually smiling. Derren Brown doesn’t make me happy. You can only do that yourself and he’s not really sure that happiness exists, except as a transitory experience, a bi-product of something else. Derren Brown’s book reminds me of chap-books heroines in nineteenth-century novel, written by Jane Austen, who were, for example, always...

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