A European Tragedy

13 July 2015

An EU and a Greek flag fly in front of the Parthenon

They are so committed to their ideology that even human suffering at its hands cannot sway them. In fact, deep down, they welcome it.

I’ve been following the Greek crisis in the last few weeks with an almost religious fervour and If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the EU (ahem, Germany) is committed to austerity. To…


Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – Book review

14 May 2015

Shantaram by Gregory  David Roberts

I can proudly say that its pages are now tattered through turning as opposed to through some kind of industrial accident.

This novel has been around a while; originally published in 2001 it has since sold over 4 million copies. This is a wildly successful book. I should have heard of it, but I hadn’t….


An Open Letter to Snap-Happy Gig-Goers

12 February 2015

An Open Letter to Snap-Happy Gig-Goers

Not every gig is worthy of remembrance

Dear Gig-goer,

Does you smartphone burn a hole in your pocket? Do you itch to snap a quick shot of your favourite artist as they jump, sing, shout and scream on stage? Maybe you prefer…


All roads lead to Rome

8 December 2014

All roads lead to Rome

Went to Rome, this is proof.

Before my trip to Rome in late spring this year I would have been hard pressed to find a door attractive (I’m a window man). But if there’s one thing the Romans have nailed…


Boy in Blue

7 October 2014


A short (and unusually) rhyming poem about a little feeling, a sense memory, connecting to the past…

Remember, and in doing so, be transported. But you should know: there’s no way back.

One brief moment was all it took,
Unburdened abandon in this brown boy’s look.
He and his friend crossing the road,
First left then right and over they go.
A skip in their step on this…