Category Archives: Personal

Mein Weltanschauung…

Ben Southwood, Sam Bowman and Anonymous Mugwump have written on their influences. I felt like doing the same: partly because it is diverting and partly because it makes some sense of what has lead me, after strange adventures in liberal … Continue reading

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I enjoyed a break from politics this weekend in the Beskid Mountains. This blog needs a break from it as well.

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Getting Rid of Books…

I am on holiday in England, at my parent’s house, and am throwing out some of the old books that I had left with them. I have hundreds here: the result of a childhood and adolescence spent rummaging through charity … Continue reading

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On Compassion…

I recently enjoyed a holiday in the beautiful Polish city of Gdansk: known for the grim shipyards where Lech Wałęsa first led striking Polish workers in their opposition to the communist regime but also boasting grand old churches, elegant streets … Continue reading

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Poland, an Immigrant’s Eye-View…

“Make yourself feel at home.” It is the classic wish extended by a good host to their guest. Note that there is no denial of status. They are still a guest. It is not quite their home. The recipient of … Continue reading

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Notes on Beginning a Novel…

You are not writing a novel if you are not writing. Books, like houses, are designed before they are built. Storytelling is no competition of speed. If your characters walked into the room would they have characters and would they … Continue reading

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I am an English writer, fortunate enough to live in Poland, and this is a blog on which to shape and polish thoughts that sit about my cluttered consciousness. To introduce myself and it, here are some subjects that absorb … Continue reading

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