We Lack Discipline Reads: ‘The Bet’ by Vivienne Tuffnell

Disclaimer: I consider myself a friend of the author. I did pay for the book. However my personal relationship with the author could potentially colour my interpretation and opinion of the book.That said I make every effort to be objective and generally don’t like what I don’t like and am honest about it. I believeContinue reading “We Lack Discipline Reads: ‘The Bet’ by Vivienne Tuffnell”

Top Ten Hated (But Misunderstood) Animals – 4 – Vultures

A lengthy essay about the vulture, what it means to us, its historical reputation and the omens and portents it used to bring, it’s modern reputation and what it means to us now. I also look at the conservation and ecological crises of the Indian vulture crisis and the California condor and discuss how the scientific community came together to make a huge difference in terms of discovery and helping numbers.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 3 – The Sepulchral Persephone

When we left off, Tess was done struggling away at the turnip patch, had shacked up with Alec Stoke-d’Urberville, Angel was, as far as we know, still in Brazil and that’s where we left it. Part 3 begins with the inevitable return of Angel Clare – now a much changed man. But lets stop andContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 3 – The Sepulchral Persephone”

Nature: The Abusive Mother

NOTE: What follows is unqualified opinion and not scientific fact, the thoughts and ideas expressed here are not necessarily represented by the scientific consensus – though some probably should be. I am a conservationist, a naturalist, to an extent – though never formalised, ever internalised – a biologist. Yet I am a meat-eater, indeed aContinue reading “Nature: The Abusive Mother”

King Lear: Finale – Exeunt, with a Dead March

Previously on King Lear – Edmund had begun to get in trouble for his fucking, the King had gone so mad he had regained some reason, met up with Cordelia again but likely to be captured and Edgar, though no longer a fop, is still a sweetheart. We re-enter the fray with Edgar leaving GloucesterContinue reading “King Lear: Finale – Exeunt, with a Dead March”

King Lear: Part I – In Defence of Bastards

I figured I’d follow on from Romeo and Juliet with King Lear for a couple of reasons. One, it is the Shakespeare play I consider my favourite and with which I am most acquainted and two, I think it is the one that best contrasts with the outright comical stupidity of the ‘tragedy’ of RomeoContinue reading “King Lear: Part I – In Defence of Bastards”