It has been widely reported that France’s socialist president, François Hollande, has been having an affair with actor (and socialist), Julie Gayet. (She is some twenty years younger than he is.) Unsurprisingly, […]
I knew from the start that writing anything about France is to venture into a literary minefield. We know it is one of the most studied places there is. Whatever you put […]
On one hand, we had heard for years that the U.S. was too engaged; it was the world’s policeman, or the world’s cowboy, or the imperialist. On the other hand, we had […]
How about a Tuesday laugh? In The Big Sleep, private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) walks into what looks like an ordinary bookshop, but which he knows is really a front for […]
Christmas “flying season” is ending once again. Airports are among the most remarkable crossroads of our times, aren’t they? In them, regularly we encounters strangers transiting…. to wherever. Yet rarely do we […]
I have put up a proper “About Me” page. For some reason, I had neglected to do so before now, but I don’t really know why. Regardless, that oversight has been rectified […]
Happy New Year. If we make them, we face New Year’s resolutions with varying degrees of trepidation. This year, I know I am for sure. Time to begin to work towards the […]
South Beach, Rush, Dublin, Ireland – just before sunset: Happy 2014.
Thinking again on South African novelist Alan Paton’s having noted how he had disliked a major character in one of his novels (technically, “himself“), I wondered about my own. Which of my […]
Sky News, yesterday: Footballer Nicolas Anelka could face an FA investigation after he celebrated a goal with a controversial gesture linked to anti-Semitism in France. These matters tend to play out somewhat […]
If you celebrated, I hope you had a pleasant Christmas. I happened to come across this blog piece recently and bookmarked it for reference. Alexander Nazaryan, last January, in the New York […]
Landing on Christmas Eve, a bit of Christmas cheer awaits as you walk toward the Underground station lifts: Merry Christmas …. from Terminal 5.
I snapped this photograph of Pope Francis at a Wednesday audience in St Peter’s Square in September. I am probably the proudest of this photo of any I have ever taken. I […]
Yes, yes, there is s-e-x in the novel! There. Okay. So have I gotten your attention? 😉 Presumably, intimacy in a story revolving mostly around 20-somethings is not going to induce reader […]
Today is a terrible anniversary: 25 years ago, on December 21, 1988, Pan Am 103 was blown up in the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. Among the murdered were a […]