So many pants on fire…

The lies that have been distributed are so many and so persistent that, arguably, fiction is the only way to tell the truth.

John Le Carre in an interview in the New York Times with Mel Gubben –

January 7th 2004, quoted in Spione

I wonder what he would say now?




Sam, I know just how you feel!

The joys of a writing deadline and no inspiration…

Sam Seaborn, I feel your pain.


The Monday Morning Quote #477

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”




Nobody told me how good the next 25 years would be.

When Susan was pregnant we heard lots of congratulations, but they were mostly tempered with warnings of sleepless nights, how our lives were over and now the fun would end. We waited for the tantrums of the terrible twos, the mood swings and challenges of teenage years and the destruction of our lives as he took over but they never arrived or, if they did, we didn’t notice.

What nobody ever told us was the sheer unbridled joy and the privilege of bringing another human being into the world and watching him grow. Also came the realisation that during all those years until I became a parent I never fully understood how much my own parents had loved me. 

If there was one photo that I would grab if the house was on fire this is it; taken 25 years ago today I look, and was, terrified and proud. Nobody told me what that feeling would be like, how every time I see him or speak to him my heart fills with pleasure, how much I miss seeing him routinely and how he still brings joy. 

Happy birthday Will, enjoy this and every day.

The Saw Doctors on Aussie ball tampering.

I cry easily, I’m a sentimental fool sometimes,I don’t have a problem with that, I don’t think it’s a weakness in others – most of the time.

The fall out from “whatever-you-wanna-call-it-gate” around the events in the third (cricket) Test match between South Africa and Australia last weekend rumbles on. Time was you would believe that Aussies never cried, their skipper Kim Hughes was denounced for his weakness when he broke down in 1984 after suffering poor results and little or no support from a testosterone-heavy dressing-room.

Now, it seems, if you don’t cry to order when the cameras are in front of you there’s something wrong. Having listened to and seen the performances from the three players and the coach I am reminded of the words from the wonderful Saw Doctors song “HowYa Julia” about the Bishop Eamonn Casey of Galway affair.

“Oh the blind and faithful followers, are worried and distraught.

And the only thing that’s botherin’ them is that the poor man he got caught.”

Howya Julia Spotify


Why the Outrage?…another opinion

“Just as environmentalists demand that the fossil fuel industry ‘leave it in the ground,’ the ultimate demand to be levelled at Silicon Valley should be ‘leave it in our heads.’ The real villain here is an expansionary economic logic that insists on inspecting ever more of our thoughts, feelings and relationships.”

William Davies writing on Cambridge Analytica in the LRB HERE.

via Ben Evans


Birthday words

Wise words. Not mine but those of Professor Stephen Hawking and well worth repeating.

Today is my birthday. They are all of equal importance but this one used to have far more significance. (The clue is in the second suggestion.)

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.

Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. 

Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”


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