There is a never-ending battle against those who think – no, who are sure – they know what is best for us.
I like to tell the story of Tony Judt. Tony Judt was a writer on recent world history whom I greatly admire.
Everywhere in the world the ordinary man in the street has been brainwashed into supposing that the only thing that matters is economic success.
My wife’s garden is as much a work of art as a painting by a master spirit or a poet’s inspired sonnet or a perfectly composed piece of music.
I do not get the impression that the governance of the world is good or that it is getting better.
In a book written on Voltaire I learn of his beloved mistress Madame de Chatelet.
Concern is constantly expressed about break-downs in the nation’s infrastructure. Previous long-term economic malaise led to wide-spread structural deterioration which is with us still.
When I was young I was ready and eager to follow the advice given by Terence, the Roman poet, a long, long time ago: “I am a man,” he wrote, “and therefore anything that any man does should interest me.” Then life stretched infinitely before me and it seemed there would be time for everything: time to visit every land and sail every sea, time to try every sport, time to read every book, time to love all the girls, to investigate all the mysteries, time indeed to check out the entire universe.
Karl Popper, one of the greatest thinkers of his, or any, age, was modest in expressing his philosophical findings.
I know from our newspapers, and from many a conversation, that our political masters and mistresses are going at each other in Parliament and elsewhere as they always have and, apparently, always will, except for Sam Hinds who I find maintains a calm dignity even in his most adversarial communications which no one else seems able to achieve.
The saddest sight in Guyana is the children you see on the pavements begging, idling, cursing, selling cigarettes and sweets, most of them on their way to perdition of one sort or another.
When I was a boy there was an old, tall, craggy-faced priest from Scotland who used to preach on Sundays at the parish church in Tunapuna in Trinidad.
Local election campaigning is presumably underway. The exchanges will not be civil, to say the least.
I wish I could convey in particular to young people, whose mental appetites seem whetted so easily these days by the transitory and the trashy, the quiet depths, the delights, the leaping excitements of great poetry.
The Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge is one of the most famous science buildings in the world.
A friend asked me how important a part poetry plays in my life.
At eighty-two years of age one must expect to factor attendance at funerals into one’s monthly (weekly?) schedule.
Running anything – whether it is a national government, vast state industry, world-circling multi-national, small family business, or private club – involves making choices.
When I was a young and bursting with energy and exuberant life-force I was eager to travel far and wide, more than ready to range around the world discovering new places and meeting people of every kind, outlook and temper.
Not long ago, in one of his endlessly interesting and instructive ‘So It Go’ columns, Dave Martins lamented the lack of recognition given to our heroes and heroines.
It makes no sense trying to measure the joy which our grandchildren Jacob and Zoey give to my wife and I.