Healthy Lives, Healthy Planet?

Healthy Lives, Healthy Planet?

This short collection of essays, written between 2011 and 2019, seeks to discuss the concept of sustainability and its relationship to society and health. They can be read individually in any order. I argue that an understanding of what ‘health’ is, needs to change...
The Story We tell

The Story We tell

Introduction “I came to realize that ideologies had a narrative structure – that they were stories, in a word – and that the emotional stability of individuals depended upon the integrity of their stories. I came to realize that stories had a religious substructure...
“To Philosophise is to learn how to die”

“To Philosophise is to learn how to die”

Essay by Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592). Many years before Irvin Yalom in 2008 wrote ‘Staring into the Sun’ but after The Buddha’s reflections on the transience of life, Michel De Montaigne confronted head on the inevitability of mortality in an attempt to facilitate...

The Right to Hate?

The Right to Hate – Chris McGlade.  “You tell me what I can say, you censor what I can’t.” This poem is an anti PC  tirade against the London Metropolitan ‘liberal left’ (‘down in the smoke’) who stand accused of shutting down speech, of labelling white working-class...
How come Labour got that many votes?

How come Labour got that many votes?

How Come Labour got that many votes? The Tories in the General election of 2020 got 14 million votes, but Corbyn’s Labour got 10 million votes? How did he do that in the face of a culture war waged for over three years against him and waged for decades over his ideas?...

Thank You

Confidential  13th December 2019 Dear Donald,  ‘In aqua et vagina victoriam’’ as my old housemaster used to say after several ales in the back bar of ‘The Nanny and Spanker’ in Windsor. Just thought I’d run my victory speech past you, as I so admire your erudition and...
When is a Conservative not a ‘Tory’?

When is a Conservative not a ‘Tory’?

For the sake of understanding and unity, we need to focus on who the real #greedybastards are. The core of the 0.01% who are interested only in capital accumulation at any social, political and environmental cost. Tory voters: 1. Some Conservatives are...

Driftwood and Ale

The Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove, St. Agnes. When the wind threatens to drive into your bones, when the rain batters down upon the earth sending even the rats diving for cover, when the clouds billow upwards, darken and thunder, refuge must be sought for the...