A History of the Future (Part 1)

          The Oxford Society Press History of the World Chapter 24  “North America in nuclear ruin: an introduction” Surprisingly, it wasn’t until the latter half of Trump’s second presidential term that the United States found itself engaged in an irredeemably devastating and entirely one sided thermo-nuclear altercation. With the luxury of hindsight,…

Shooting Practice

Tired of taking terrible pictures, I bought a new camera a few weeks back and have been trying to improve my photography skills at every available opportunity since.  The woman and I found ourselves at a loose end this afternoon, so we packed my camera and a couple of sandwiches and took the train to…

Brick Lane Mega-Gallery Pt. 2

Here are the street art pieces we saw on our trip to Brick Lane last weekend. I will say nothing more and let the work speak for itself… again.  

Brick Lane Mega-Gallery Pt. 1

Here are the street art pieces we saw on our trip to Brick Lane last weekend. I will say no more and let the work speak for itself.

A free lunch

There is no such thing as a free lunch is an all too common phrase heard around this particular corner of the world that we call home. Nothing ever advertised as “free” is truly without some attached cost, and (directly or not) you will always find yourself paying-up in the end.  When the tradition of the free lunch began…

10,000 Followers

Critical Dispatches gained its 10,000th follower over the weekend, which is rather a remarkable consideration. That I can publish a post in London that can be viewed as far away as Australia, the US, or Argentina still blows my mind. It is an absolute pleasure to be part of a community as diverse, engaging and…

A Rural Idyll in Steady Decline

The people of that plainly built farming town led simple lives and were proud of the hardship and forfeiture rural existence assumed of them. They knew their place in that world and – as is customary in such isolated surroundings – they conducted themselves with the same sheltered constancy as so many of their forebears had done for generations before.

Blessed are the forgetful

“There is no teaching, but only recollection”  – Socrates Last year I saw a stand-up comedian who, after riffing for 10 minutes on his recent travels across the United States, concluded his set (which was admittedly quite low on laughs) by idiomatically declaring to the half-cut Friday night audience that “when you experience different cultures,…