How a bawdy philosopher made a monkey of “authority”!


“Monk, doctor, writer, botanist, and translator, Rabelais was one of the most enlightened minds of the Renaissance. Behind the comic, laughter-inducing exterior of his work lie some very important issues; war, education, religion, marriage, and the question of the Other. He was a humanist, his writing full of the new ideas both he and Erasmus … Continue reading How a bawdy philosopher made a monkey of “authority”!

Why don’t I just kill myself? Nihilism?


Nihilistic thoughts in a French wine bar! There's nothing like a wine bar in France to bring out the philosopher in us all, especially if it's named after the great French philosopher, monk, doctor, satirist and author ……… Rabelais, even to the extent of philosophising about “doing my country a favour and killing myself”. Is … Continue reading Why don’t I just kill myself? Nihilism?

Is YOUR mainstream media as bad as this?


I've just about had it with the antics of the left leaning media in Britain at present, if they lean much more they'll fall flat …… Oh happy days, if only! But I have a feeling that all the decent people here are starting to see through them, because the tv channels in particular have … Continue reading Is YOUR mainstream media as bad as this?

Miserable politicians criticise their own World Cup winning cricket team!


There are undoubtedly moments in sport that define us. As an Englishman of an advanced age, in my memory there will forever be those immortal words from the 1966 Football World Cup Final commentary…. “there's people on the pitch, they think it's all over ….. it is now” as Geoff Hurst smashed the ball from … Continue reading Miserable politicians criticise their own World Cup winning cricket team!

A Brexiteer Bastille Day


Wandering around Chinon yesterday, July 14th, a day when French people celebrate their freedom from oppression, I captured this photo of Geoff, a bar owner in the town centre reading The Brexiteer newspaper. I asked him what he most liked about it and he said "it's free for democrats..... so that means non-democrats must pay!" … Continue reading A Brexiteer Bastille Day