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Balzac’s Mother

“We believed that she was mad and consulted a physician who had been on friendly terms with her for thirty-three years. But he said: ‘No! She is not mad. She is merely malicious….” Stefan Zweig Balzac pp10-11 (Chris)

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Frankie Dettori and Rafa Benitez: Character and Genius

Frankie Dettori “Many a sportsman would baulk at being asked for an encore after a career-crowning achievement (winning the Epsom Derby) but Frankie Dettori (44) proved his professionalism by travelling 20 miles down the road for the 7:30 at Lingfield’s … Continue reading

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A Mathematical Conversation

G H Hardy I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one and that I hoped … Continue reading

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A Genius Sighs

I sighed a melancholy sigh A Dostoyevskian sigh. A sigh from the bottom of my heart A sigh that said ‘Enough is enough.’ And I knew the end had come I am a genius, world-renowned An intellectual master of the … Continue reading

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Alan Turing 1952- 54

Alan loved in a furtive, shaming sort of way Meeting wicked men in their club (a municipal toilet hidden deep in shadowy parks) Visible only to the prying eyes Of venomous acolytes of public decency Defending their threatened sexuality. Manchester … Continue reading

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Seamus Heaney Died

I never met the man, except in my head, where his words caressed poetically, what he said. All I could do (or try) – was copy his style but never capture his well-trod mile.  The brown ‘Belfast sink’ in the … Continue reading

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When Percy and Mary met Byron

Brilliant, beautiful, rich Percy Bysshe Shelley Poet for his time. Unread! Hated by all who knew His atheism, adultery, amorality, Savage satirst; seducer of gullible, brilliant Sixteen year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin his Adoring lover, perfect companion and genius. Percy, … Continue reading

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