Language I’ve been trying to learn a new language, (Castillian) Spanish, & have come across some fairly interesting stuff which you probably won’t find in the text books (but is out on the internet). So this follows on from my series about Good Writing but examines at the more atomic level of language, and… Read More


Following my mother’s heart attack I have had to take diet very seriously and indeed this piece comes after four month’s research which culminated in a Japan Foundation “ Is Japanese food healthy ?” talk by Prof.Ole Mouritsen. A few month’s ago I found out that UK Afro-Caribbeans and Sub-Continental Asians are twice as prone… Read More


We undoubtedly live in the information era, where we have 24 hr rolling news and can Google any topic in a matter of milliseconds, but how accurate is this information and indeed can we use it in a significant way? Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin tries to address these themes in “A field Guide to lies &… Read More


Writing comes in many forms, from technical papers to nursery rhymes. Each of these genres come with their own protocols & vocabularies, but one can often distinguish whether something is well written, in the same way we can recognise a well composed piece of music, photo, or beautiful painting. A good piece of Writing, takes… Read More


This was supposed to be a piece on the Chiswick Book Festival until I tuned into Louis Theroux’s post Yewtree programme Looking back on Jimmy Savile on Sunday. Firstly let me state that Theroux has always puzzled me with his faux ingenue fly on the wall style; to sum it up Louis (off the back… Read More


Ok this blog has been a while in gestation (ok 9 months) but you could say I’ve been a bit busy but more of that later. The devil in Mr Jones It was in the early hours of a cold January 16 when the demise of David Bowie flashed across my FB BBC Brasil. I… Read More


I made my  pilgrimage to the Hateful Eight Roadshow matinee at the Leicester Sq. Odeon, paying a King’s ransom (£20) for a stall seat. Disappointingly the Leicester Sq. Odeon proved to be only a slightly chilly  upscale beige version of the Acton Odeon, which I had religiously attended in the sixties,  for the  Saturday morning… Read More