Pause and Take Thy Breath

Pause and Take Thy Breath

I turn my back to the wind, To catch my breath, Before I start off again, Driven on, Without a moment to spend, To pass an evening, With a drink and a friend… – “Time Stand Still” by Rush Dear reader, this past weekend I decided to take a short...
More Fool Me

More Fool Me

*”I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.”* So said John ‘Jack’...
A Headlong Flight

A Headlong Flight

My dear and long suffering reader, if the following words seem to you to be senseless wanderings from a tragically disordered mind I must beg your indulgence and forgiveness. I have experienced a pair of catastrophes, one mental and one physical, both of which have...
The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

My dear and long suffering reader, home is a powerful concept is it not? Whether it’s the place you were born, or a new place at which you’ve arrived, the feeling of “home” can be deeply moving. Many human-flavoured humans take tremendous pride...
A Tide in the Affairs of Men

A Tide in the Affairs of Men

My dear and long suffering reader, at some point in your wanderings around the sun, you’ve no doubt heard some variation of these words: “Where were you when JFK was assassinated?” Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was...
Preparing to Prepare

Preparing to Prepare

If you would be so groovy my dearest carbon-based compadres, turn on your mental cinescope and imagine the following scene: In the Mel Brooks sci-fi spoof Spaceballs, Dark Helmet (the villain) commands one of his men to drive away in a ground vehicle. The henchmen...
The True North, Flawed and Free

The True North, Flawed and Free

My dear and long suffering reader, July 1 is a special day for many people around the world. In Singapore for example today is Armed Forces Day. Pakistan marks this day as Children’s Day. The country of Burundi celebrates its independence on July 1. In Australia...
The Rest is Silence

The Rest is Silence

Dear reader, did you know that in director Stanley Kurbick’s seminal film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, almost 88 minutes out of the full 161 minute film are in fact dialogue-free? This wasn’t a case of Kubrick being stingy with dialogue, nor was there a dearth...
By the Book

By the Book

Ladies, gentlebeings and assorted visiting alien lifeforms, if you are a regular peruser of these humble communiques, then you have no doubt noticed that I often refer to you as “dear reader,” or occasionally, “my dear and long suffering...

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