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…

Lost Caravaggio found in Dublin

Currently on display at the National Gallery Trafalgar Square The Taking of Christ Several years ago a recently bereaved widow gave what was believed to be a copy of The Taking of Christ painted by Caravaggio in 1602 to the Jesuit priests on Dublin’s Leeson Street by way of thanks for the support they have given…

Voting Brexit with a heavy heart

Thomas Jefferson once said “eternal vigilance is the prize of liberty” where citizens and not just the powerful are required to seek the truth to be free.   29 June 2016 To the outside world, it must look as though Britain is imploding: exiting the European Union, David Cameron now a lame duck prime minister…