Clive La Pensee witnesses Heidi Hetzer’s homecoming in Berlin Continue reading Heidi Hetzer Returns To Berlin
Clive La Pensee samples a few of the delights of Hulll, City of Culture 2017. Continue reading Hull City Of Culture 2017 – Highlights
Topography – a detailed description or representation on a map of the physical features of an area. Terror – the use of extreme fear to intimidate people, especially for political reasons. (Oxford Dictionary of English) I put off visiting the museum of Gestapo atrocities, aptly called The Topography of Terror. One knows what happened. Why go for total immersion? I have misgivings about the remembrance … Continue reading Topography Of Terror
Perhaps Timothy Balding’s new novel, Homo Conscius, is a series of connected vignettes. This, at any rate, was my first impression. The chapters are short and many could stand on their own as short stories or collections of bons mots. By chapter four, I was jolted back to my youth, around 1962, when we were all pretending we understood the existentialism of Sartre’s The Age … Continue reading Homo Conscius
A man once built a folly, Because he knew he could. Friends praised his waste of money. Used stone, rejected wood. It would stand forever, Above a river bend. An edifice most clever, Stone it has no end. It graced the open parkland A mile beyond his palace. Stones were piled by human hand, Gave peasants cause for malice. Such a careful … Continue reading A Folly Broken
New Year Resolutions are doomed to fail. The inclusion of the word ‘don’t,’ kills all hope of success. It is accepted in educational psychology, that people fail to register words such as don’t and stop, when used in the imperative. Why isn’t clear. Apparently, we hate negatives. The Charge of the Light Brigade was probably caused by the order, ‘Don’t charge the heights where the … Continue reading Don’t Say Don’t.
I saw a polar bear In a cage, in a zoo, In a polar bear sweat, Standing on a wet rock, Dejected, defeated, When I was only six. The great white furry beast Was in a tiny space. I don’t think he could turn. How could a child measure Radius – circumference When it is only six? I questioned my father. ‘Is that … Continue reading Happy Christmas
‘I love your dress.’ ‘Thanks. My sister was buried in it.’ That is a positive putdown. Imagine the scenario. The gender traitor, the woman, who you know is going to declare to the world, she has never seen such poor taste the moment your back is turned, has just praised your dress. Your answer leaves her speechless, and you have made it to the sanctuary … Continue reading Perfecting Positive Putdowns.
A friend, who knows I have been self-publishing my books since 1990, handed me a short article from Die Zeit. This is a German weekly, normally too heavy to lift with one hand – perhaps equivalent to The Observer, except it appears Thursdays for some obscure reason. The article was by Harald Martenstein, senior editor at the Tagespiegel. He is an author, with 17 titles … Continue reading Self Publish! It Can’t Get Any Worse
Poetry and Prose by LGBT Writers. I was eighteen, when male homosexuality ceased to be a crime in the UK. The old law was harsh, and prescribed jail sentences. Back in history, the death penalty was applied. No wonder the law was called ‘the blackmailer’s charter.’ The point is that I grew up in a world where homosexuals were criminals. As a schoolboy, at … Continue reading A Boxful Of Ideas