The theme of the 15th Emirates Literary Festival, which we attended a couple of weeks ago, was ‘Old Friends’. It was, of course, great to be back and to meet up with some of the authors we have got to … [Read more...] about Old friends, and memories
Many years ago my three daughters told me that they would rather have quality time with me while I am still alive than inheritance when I die, so each year I spend a chunk of ‘The Kids’ Inheritance’ … [Read more...] about Spending the Kids’ Inheritance
When Mr and Mrs Sheldrake named their son Merlin they must have known he would weave a little magic into the world, which he did with his fascinating book Entangled life: how fungi make our worlds, … [Read more...] about Thoughts on trees
This morning I was writing about Africa and wanted some background information about an advisor to Jomo Kenyatta whom I had met a couple of times when I lived in Nairobi back in the 1970s. I popped … [Read more...] about Musings on the magical rabbit warren that is Wikipedia.
Random thoughts on the education of girlsDuring the recent chaotic evacuation from Kabul I read an inspiring item about the removal, lock stock and barrel, of the only girls boarding school in … [Read more...] about Random thoughts on the education of women