Really, this week’s political shenanigans are beyond a sane person’s belief, and I’m not going to add to the millions of commentators who discuss them hourly, well that is apart from saying, words fail me, surely they can’t be serious? They are. Are they all having massive brain disorders that affect rational thinking at the same time, yes, they are, and maybe madness is a virus and they’ve all caught it from each other. My oh my. I thought not listening to experts over Brexit was the highest arrogance; this week’s unapologetic dismissal of any counselling that was cautious and contrary to our exalted leaders’ ideology surpassed even the stupidity of leaving the European Union. But I said I’m not going to discuss it, I’m not being political, and I don’t favour any political party. I vote for whoever is putting forward the best solutions to the nation’s problems. This bunch of screw-head politicians seem to be going in the other direction.
For some cheer, read about the reintroduction of bears, beavers, and wolves into Europe. Man’s actions over the years have brought the population of these magnificent creatures close to extinction. Now by carefully letting them loose in wild areas they can rebuild their stock and avert dying out. Bravo. And good news also for humpback whales, bearded vultures, and white-tailed eagles. Their numbers are growing again after almost becoming extinct.
On a flippant note, did you know ‘Sperm whales have the biggest brains on Earth.’ (The Guardian) ? Perhaps our brainless leaders might like to invite some sperm whales into the cabinet to help them.
New book: Revelations – how tragedy and a man’s search for his unknown father reveal the sad truth about his parents. Available soon.
My recent publications
Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter.
Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit.
Life in four stories
Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.