There is an old adage about letting things go; if you deserve them, they’ll come back. It’s been duly satirised. ‘If you love something, let it go. If it doesn’t come back, hunt it down and kill it’. To me that’s insightful about the human condition as the original. And the message is simple –… More The most powerful emotion humans have is…
Places I haven’t found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Behind locked gates 3. The toilet. 4. Anywhere at all because I have to get the app first. Places where people have found Pokemon 1. The middle of the road. 2. Wind turbines. 3. Under a fountain in the middle of the harbour.… More The ultimate Pokémon Go list of facts
Does anybody listen to British folk-rock? Stuff that flourished, really, in the late 1960s on the back of the counter-culture and some of which floated away on a cloud of Tolkien influences into the 1970s. That wasn’t surprising. In its British incarnation the counter-culture took on overtones of ‘Merrie England’, the nineteenth century sense of… More Tolkien and folk-rock and us
There are over a million individual words in English. One of the more obscure is fairlec. This term, originating from the high medieval period, means beauty – ‘fair lock’ is an approximation. I suppose it creates images of fair damsels with golden tresses living in Castle Anthrax with nothing to do. But I digress… Your… More The obscure word of the week is fairlec
My main website matthewwright.net has had a major makeover. Out went the old fixed-size site with steam age HTML coding – some of which dated back to 2001 when the site was first set up. It used to look like this: In came a modern CMS with a fully responsive layout – which means it’ll… More My website’s had a mondo makeover
This week’s short story challenge is a photo I took of an Etrich Taube monoplane in the museum at Omaka, Blenheim, New Zealand. It’s part of the ‘Knights of the Sky’ exhibition, set up by Sir Peter Jackson to display his collection of First World War aircraft and memorabilia. The Taube is one of several… More This week’s short story challenge
The idea that humans are, in truth, psychotic apes who would brutally smash each other were it not for the thin trappings of culture has long been a sci-fi staple, and with reason. What would happen if, say, culture was suddenly stripped from a group of kids? To William Golding the answer was simple; the… More Are we just psychotic apes, or are we human?