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A YouTube rarity – a professionally shot, high definition, one and a half hour video. It’s about the planet Earth and our place in it. Some quite amazing cinematography, and an important message. If the version on this site doesn’t work, try going direct to YouTube.

“Nocturnes” by Kazuo Ishiguro

First of all, let me say that I’m a bit of an Ishiguro fan. I’ve read all but one of his novels, and love his understated writing style and knack of dealing with big themes while appearing to do no more than tell a story. So I was excited when I heard he had a new book out, and anticipated it more than any other for quite a while. So if my review contains a note of disappointment, it could be because my expectations were so high to begin with…. Read More

Death and the King’s Horseman

Went to see this play by Nobel-prize-winning Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka at the National Theatre, and it was fantastic. I don’t go to the theatre very often, but if I could see more plays like this I’d go all the time. It’s a story set in Nigeria in 1943, about the clash between traditional Nigerian customs and the disastrous attempts of the British colonial forces to ‘stamp out’ practices that they didn’t understand. It’s also a very moving story about the king’s horseman who, by tradition, must kill himself to… Read More

“The Pollen Room” by Zoe Jenny

A short, beautiful novel about loss and the fragility of human relationships. It begins with an introduction narrated by a young girl of 5 or 6 whose mother has just walked out on her. Consistent with the view of a child, the events are a little confused and misunderstood but the sense impressions are vivid. In the first two pages alone, we learn that the building she lives in smells of damp rock, we see her father tracing shapes in the dark with a glowing cigarette, we hear the rhythmic… Read More

Monday Morning Inspiration #8

When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city? Do you huddle close together because you love each other?” What will you answer? “We all dwell together To make money from each other”? or “This is a community”? – TS Eliot, Choruses from the Rock

Perspective

Every now and then, I have a tendency to whine. I work too hard, life is tough, writing is difficult, etc etc. Also, every now and then, something happens to make me realise I have nothing whatsoever to complain about. A couple of nights ago I was travelling home in a taxi. Since I am just starting out as a novelist, I have to do temp work to make ends meet, but do it at odd hours so that I am free during the day to write. At the moment… Read More

Spiritual soul

I’d love to soar… over the land Like an eagle, high above Just soaring From the mouth of Pine Lick Creek to the top of the hills Where the Bee Ridge ends Let my soul drift to painless places And have all the ones I love in my heart And wandering soul Soaring with me All the times I wish… Just let my soul orbit around All good and peaceful places Like fog that hangs over A body of water Great waters… Great, peaceful waters… Written by Steve Henley on… Read More

Monday Morning Inspiration #7

“For love of domination we must substitute equality; for love of victory we must substitute justice; for brutality we must substitute intelligence; for competition we must substitute co-operation. We must learn to think of the human race as one family.” – Bertrand Russell