Commentary


Like all the best villians they creep up without warning. Seconds later, their deadly effect has been suffered. As sudden and unexpected as we see in the movies, or in the endless succession of gory TV dramas. Or read in the plethora of crime fiction. It’s all over before the victim  has time to sense there is danger in the air, the garotte has been tightened or the knife thrust hard into the ribs and given a vicious twist. Or some other bloody ending  has been rendered. Like a speeding car hurtling out of nowhere towards the unsuspecting victim. Just… Continue reading

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  THE mind refuses to stop. It seems to be in permanent overdrive. Refusing to shut down.  Unresponsive to any attempt at braking, or changing direction. And it is getting worse, more insistent, taking a tighter hold and blocking any alternative thoughts or distractions. Endlessly dwelling on Russia’s brutal and horror-filled assault on Ukraine. And its precursor. A key phrase hammers away in my head – September 1939. Almost a lifetime away. Pre-history for the millennials. And perhaps for many  from slightly less  recent generations one that has scant or merely vague meaning. Yet for thousands upon thousands of us… Continue reading