Warning – A Favourite Poem by Jenny Joseph

Warning by Jenny Joseph “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,  And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m…

John F Kennedy’s 100th Birthday

Today would have been John F Kennedy’s 100th birthday. As a child born and brought up in Ireland, the photograph of John F Kennedy adorned our ‘parlour’ wall right next to the Sacred Heart lamp which supported a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  If I recall correctly, our wall decoration was no different from…

Gratitude – We are going to die and that makes us the lucky ones

This stark view of life and death is striking in its beauty and imagery as well poetic in language and should remind us how grateful we must be that we have existed at all.  I’ve never been a fan of Richard Dawkins, an uncompromising atheist and tireless advocate of science yet he still has a…

London’s Chelsea Flower Show

The Greatest Flower Show in the World For about the last ten years I have been an annual visitor to the Chelsea Flower Show in London – this feast for the soul from which I and countless others derive the greatest joy not just from the dazzling display of perfect flowers and plants but from…

Korea – North vs South and why it matters to America

Between them, President Kim Jong Un, his father and grandfather have ruled North Korea with a firm grip for the last 85 years.  The current President is a particular worry to his neighbours and to America not because he’s partial to vast parades, massive firework displays but principally because his nuclear power ambitions, which might…

Why Trump’s Reticence on Russia?

In The Economist this week, Trump is warned that he may be outfoxed by Putin similar to the way in which the two previous American Presidents were outwitted by this fearless Russian politician. America is already on the back foot because Trump is wasting his energy either berating the media or fighting his own intelligence…

For a joyful hour or two, go see David Hockney at Tate Britain

The David Hockney exhibition opens this week at Tate Britain in London and it’s a glorious feast for the eyes, a sensorial overload not to be missed. “…. you would have to be very determined not to yield to joy and the memory of love, and youth and sheer pleasure in life”.  Philip Hensher “Inspiration…