Jeez, where does the time go? No, seriously.... It's almost May and this is my second post on the blog this year. So if there's actually anyone left reading this I'll be astonished. Besides the day job, the kids, yadda yadda, blah-blah, my main problem has been a lack of direction, not just on the … Continue reading The Dodo Express
There is no summer across the swollen sea, just the cold, distant sun-- an unfathomable loneliness between the sky and waves, a wind-blown expressway for travellers lonely, soaring, clipping currents on giant wings, no reason or rhyme for these mariners of ancient time, soaring with the grace and beauty of a million generations-- voyagers of the endless sea. (c) Darren Hawbrook *** Unfortunately, … Continue reading Albatross
The Lynx Effect
Okay, this is not a post about male antiperspirant deodorant, so if you read the title and came here expecting pictures of scantily clad women throwing themselves at a guy because he sprayed Lynx deodorant all over himself **other brand deodorants are available** then turn back now... That's not what this is about... Okay...maybe just … Continue reading The Lynx Effect
Gazing into the abyss
If you're reading this you're probably one of those sensible people who didn't get their retinas fried risking a glimpse at a rare astrological miracle this morning. Could be you didn't take much notice of the solar eclipse, or didn't have the right weather conditions to get a decent view. Maybe in the weird husky … Continue reading Gazing into the abyss
Invasion of the blob-type floaty thing
No, this is not a fictional piece. And it's not a review of some crappy 50's B-movie creature feature - although it is ultimately more scary. It's about the impending death of our oceans and the rise of the jellyfish, and after reading this you'll think the Creature From the Black Lagoon was about as scary … Continue reading Invasion of the blob-type floaty thing
Band Aid #30… Do they know it’s time for some more shameless self-aggrandisement?
Well, they're at it again...Bob Geldof and his emmisaries of altruism, riding in on their chargers to save Africa with a carefully exploited release of Do They Know It's Christmas. Before I go on, let me add the disclaimer now: I'm not against charity; I'm not against promoting good causes; hell, I'm not even against … Continue reading Band Aid #30… Do they know it’s time for some more shameless self-aggrandisement?
A Drop in the Ocean…but it’s a start!
With so much depressing news concerning the environment and man's appetite for destruction hogging the headlines we need to grab hold of every scrap of good news we can, shout it from the rooftops, unfurl the banners and run naked through the streets gleefully singing Michael Jackson's "Heal the World." Okay, maybe not that last bit. … Continue reading A Drop in the Ocean…but it’s a start!
I Bought a Rainforest
Watching the first two episodes of BBC2's I bought a rainforest has been difficult viewing. Very difficult . But it's something we should all be watching. It's all too easy to turn a blind eye to the destruction of the natural world and shrug our shoulders apologetically, with the view: "It's not me mate, I've … Continue reading I Bought a Rainforest
A Horror Writer’s Wet Dream
There is some pretty scary stuff going down in West Africa right now. In fact, what is happening is the stuff of a science fiction or horror writer’s dreams, a biological killer on the loose, with no cure and a 90% mortality rate. It's called Ebola, and it is very much within the realms of … Continue reading A Horror Writer’s Wet Dream
Inspired by Nature
Man is a lucky creature indeed. We won the evolutionary arms race, a triathlon that started in the primordial soup, then grew legs and ran a foot race out of Africa, before ending with the invention of the wheel. Once clear of our nearest competitors we became the lords of our kingdom, developed an intelligence … Continue reading Inspired by Nature