Gastronomie Domine

Julie and Julia is a movie about blogger Julie Powell’s l’adventure gastronomique – a year spent cooking all 524 recipes in ‘The Art of French Cooking’ by the TV chef and icon Julia Child. Watching the movie I got to wondering why there was no one out there attempting something similar with the redoubtable Hannibal ...

The Tragedy of Educating Rita

In ‘Educating Rita’, Willy Russell’s comedy about a scousewife hairdresser who goes to University, Rita’s lecturer gives the literary definition of tragedy as… ‘the inevitable, yet unforeseen, result of an action taken by the hero caused by an error or a character flaw in the said hero’ For example in the ancient Greek tragedy ‘Oedipus ...

Politics: It’s all Greek to me

And a little Latin too. Politics comes from the Greek Politikos – affairs of the city, or of the people (Poloi)- giving rise to the words: population, police & policy. Republic is Latin… Res publica: a public affair. It is a translation of the Greek Politeia – people governing for the public good. It gave ...

The Gentle Art of Self-Sabotage

The Gentle Art of Self-Sabotage
I am trying to set up a blog for over a week and have been gripped by the inability to move forward – continually finding excuses and doing something else. I know I am not the only one who struggles like this. Angie Bowie said the same about David in Backstage Passes: her account of ...
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