Enigma Variations – Trumpet Score

democracy slips by, freedoms die, glaciers calve, the oceans’ oxygen falls and darkness beckons

No easier to understand than bathos, though that at least is simply pathos with a more explosive consonant. The one aims directly at emotions, drawing them on, straining them, bringing out your inner self. The other is the ultimate anticlimax, a stupidity that sets out to deliberately frustrate serious emotion. Continue reading “Enigma Variations – Trumpet Score”

Ice: A Mexican Woman with a Brain Tumour

A Mexican woman with brain cancer forcibly removed from hospital, deported to her death, is the subject of this poem

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement best successes:

From their inception through August 2013, BEST Units have collectively initiated more than 10,654 cases. These actions have resulted in more than:

  • 12,718 criminal arrests
  • 7,245 administrative arrests
  • 110,711 pounds of cocaine
  • 5,517 pounds of ecstasy
  • 1,764 pounds of heroin
  • 1,036,749 pounds of marijuana
  • 6,325 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 2,988,561 rounds of ammunition
  • 4,657 vehicles
  • $130.2 million in U.S. currency
  • 15,062 weapons

And one Mexican woman with brain cancer. Forcibly removed from hospital and deported to her death. She is the subject of this poem.

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Evil in Society

Evil in society is a common theme in any form of fiction. The time might be past, present or future, the characters human or not. In some evil triumphs, in others good and in yet more the reader is left not quite knowing which has gained the upper hand. Powerful as these tales may be, the fact remains that truth is often stranger than fiction. As in this tale. Continue reading “Evil in Society”

Aeron New Year Free PDF

As a New Year gift I am giving away 100 copies of my ebook Aeron. All you have to do is use the Contact form on this site and mention you would like the gift.

No strings. No viruses on my site.

I will then send you a link to a password protected page and you can download the PDF.

All I ask is that once you’ve read it you tell all your friends that the book is variable on an Amazon site in their country.

Decaf Coffee

A Boston journalist researches an article about the US presidency in December 2018

Decaf coffeeAn unprecedented northerly brought feet of snow, blizzards and freezing weather to much of mid and eastern America. The number of poor people who would die because they could not afford heating was as yet unknown. Trains were not running, airports closed. Most main roads would be deadly parking lots until the blizzards eased up sufficiently for them to be cleared. People were trapped in cars and trucks, some would die. Continue reading “Decaf Coffee”

Thinking About Fake News

The current fuss about fake news is, to some extent, itself fake news.

Thinking about fake news; Not that people do all that much, think that is when they read or watch news. If they did, they would realise that much of today’s news is biased at best, deliberately presented in a way to catch your emotions rather than to tantalise your critical thought. Continue reading “Thinking About Fake News”

Aeron and the 1 Percent

Once you offend the powerful it’s too late to learn how to hide

The man who called himself Aeron is a central character in my spy thriller Aeron. He is a very successful international crook. This story provides the background of his early success in international crime. And shows how he eventually earned the wrath of what we nowadays call the 1 percent.

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