better drowned than duffers if not duffers won’t drown

This month a new film version of one of my all time very favourite most treasured books is being released. Swallows and Amazons Better drowned than duffers, as Father says in his telegraph to his would be sailing-explorer children. If not duffers, won’t drown. Don’t do anything stupid, and you won’t drown. If you do […]

i don’t wanna be a special snowflake

“I was raised up believing I was somehow unique Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see And now after some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me.” – Helplessness Blues* – Fleet Foxes At the end of December, the Washington […]

Well, that was a little bleak / reflections on last night’s reflections

Last night I wrote: ‘One of the key qualities of humanity is the ability to lie…’ I think it’s a fair reflection of Miéville’s themes in Embassytown – but is it really what I think? I was sitting in church this morning, for what turned out to be a really lovely Pentecost service, and still […]