Buddha and the duck!


From time to time we all come across a blog or a post from a fellow blogger that catches your eye or tickles your fancy! Here's one that's definitely tickled me from Dr John Persico Jnr about a conversation between Buddha and a duck! Our own followers know that we also write things like this … Continue reading Buddha and the duck!

Wine, Chateaux, History and Philosophy all in one place.


Chinon in the Val de Loire, France is the place we came closest to buying a house in France three years ago. Burgundy may be our favourite wine region, mostly being based on our love of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as having several winemaker friends there. But the area around Chinon has a … Continue reading Wine, Chateaux, History and Philosophy all in one place.

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”!

“I Drink Therefore I Am”


What's the connection between Francis Bacon, Roger Scruton, Dr B’s PhD, and a glass of Cabernet Franc in a wine bar called Cave Voltaire in Chinon, the home town of Rabelais? This is going to be one hell of a post if I can convince you of the connection. Sitting here today in the Cave … Continue reading “I Drink Therefore I Am”

How to understand your identity.


Researching my family tree recently has opened my eyes a great deal to the social history of the 1700s and 1800s in England which affected the lives of my ancestors. Many of my posts have been themed as Imaginative Ancestry as I tried to imagine the lives of tin miners in Cornwall, agricultural workers in … Continue reading How to understand your identity.