Friday, 17 May 2019

Why Science Needs Philosophy


Why Science Needs Philosophy: Vegetarianism;  Immortality; Entitlement to Happiness; Gender-based Abortion; Political Corruption; Crime; Racial Slurs by [Cameron, Janet]


Philosophy is needed more than ever in the world today. Philosophy is the search for wisdom, and ethical philosophy helps us to make wiser choices. Through science, we can learn about the world and discover exactly what we can, or cannot, do. Philosophy says, "Okay, but is this a good idea? Will it help to further human interests? Will it be harmful to people, animals, the environment, the planet?" Philosophy helps us to work out why we should choose to act the way we do, or whether we need to make provisions or compromises. Sometimes the decisions we make are difficult and depend a great deal on perspective - and sometimes it seems no one way can be completely right. With the help of philosophers and other experts, this book attempts to ask those difficult questions and maybe address some of these issues. The debate must continue...

Sunday, 12 May 2019



A special revised edition of the well reviewed "15 Women Philosophers you should have learned about in school but probably didn't." Originally published by the former Decoded Science. It's time women philosophers had a platform and true acknowledgment for their great courage and unique insight in spite of - or maybe because of - the obstacles and upsets they encountered on their journey. This is a start but it's far from finished - we still have a long way to go.

Paperback version also available - go to the Kindle Book Store.

Friday, 10 May 2019

8 Actions that will Infuriate the Writer in your Life

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1. When you get home early from work, don't go bouncing into her study while she is writing and ask if dinner is on. She's had a hard day creating wonderful prose - get the dinner on yourself.

2. Don't interrupt her if you see her sitting with a faraway look in her eyes and biting on her pencil, She has just had a mind-blowing insight about her central protagonist. Those amazing, wonderful insights can scuttle right into the darkest depths of the mind never to be recalled if they are interrupted at a sensitive juncture. Be warned. Shut your mouth and make yourself scarce.

3.Don't insist on reading her early drafts. Writers are sensitive about notes that are not yet edited and polished. She may want your advice - if she truly trusts you - and you should be honoured if this is the case. Otherwise wait until she offers.

4.Don't be cross if she creeps out of bed in the middle of the night to go fix something in her current novel which has to be done this very moment. She can't help it.

5.Don't think that what she writes is all about "her." She does not have murderous thoughts (that is providing she is not interrupted at the wrong time) nor is she a serial adulterer. Those notorious steamy sex scenes are not personal history. Writers, you see  are great observers of all of human nature and can empathise without personally experiencing what they write. She will still remain the warm and affectionate human being you fell in love with.

6.Never tell her that her hair is a mess while she is writing. Never, never, never.

7. Don't hold back on support. Presents of notebooks with attractive covers and good quality HB pencils will be well-received, and if you can, take a course in computer programming and problem-fixing so that when the wretched thing breaks down in the middle of a crucial chapter, you can repair it for her. She needs to concentrate on her writing, not worry about petty nerdy stuff. That's what you are for.

8. Don't spare the celebrations when she finishes her novel. Go to the book signing. Show her you think it's a magnificent achievement, which it is. Buy her champagne and flowers and chocolate. Especially chocolate. She will love you for it.

Friday, 21 September 2018

My poems in The Pangolin Review. Scroll down through the PDFs to SEA DANCE.


Sunday, 19 August 2018

This is so useful and so insightful.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Asking the Universe for the Golden - Published by Pangolin Review

I so enjoyed writing this little poem, which is a response to a writing trigger at Cellar Arts Club, to compose a poem based on a colour. "Golden" seemed a good choice, as it's so steeped in lovely literary layers.

My poem is in part 2 of the publication, see link below. All the poems are worthy of reading, but if you are short of time and want to find mine quickly, go to the bottom of the section and scroll up 10 poems.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Barbara Cartland, Queen of Romance, Born Today 9 July 1901

Dame Barbara Cartland in 1987 by Allan Warren

I remember her well, batting her enormous black eyelashes on TV, swathed in glorious frothy frills and furs and lace and hats. Oh, and enormous hair! There was no one like her and never will be again. Of course, she was madly non-pc, especially by today's terms. But, for all that, she had a certain, rather terrifying, panache.  She wrote over 700 romantic novels - heaven knows where she managed to find 700 different romantic plots. (Is that possible?  I really couldn't say.)

She was born in Birmingham Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland.

Her writing career was not confined to the romance novels.  She was a reporter for The Daily Express in 1920, specialising in writing society material. Some time ago I read one of her biographies, the one about Napoleon's Josephine, and I remember being impressed with the quality of her writing, having had it drummed into me that everything she wrote was formulaic, predictable and trivial. Not entirely true!

Her romances may not have been literature, but they were extraordinarily successful for all that and gave immense pleasure to many women during difficult times, although they may not have furthered the causes of feminism! The main charges against them was they were always about "ideal" upper class women who always did the right thing, beat the bad girl to get their man through their virtuous sweetness, and were rewarded with long and lasting happiness for their rightness and their commitment to the greater good of the male sex.

Cartland married two McCorquodales, cousins Alexander and Hugh (although not at the same time, of course.) Her daughter, Raine, was the result of her marriage to Alexander McCorquodale, and Raine, as we know, married the 8th Earl Spencer, and became the step-grandmother of Princess Diana.

Barbara Cartland also concerned herself vigorously with human rights and achieved some fine results. According to the website

"She also campaigned for better condition and salaries for midwives and nurses. For her contribution in this field, she received Dame of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem."

This multi-faceted woman died of cancer in the year 2000 aged 98.