Monthly Archives: April 2011

Novel endings

Like many readers, I imagine, I keep a mental list of novels which I think have particularly striking or moving endings.  Three good examples are Jane Eyre, L’Etranger and The Lord of the Rings.  One of the best is Watership … Continue reading

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City in a dream

Years ago, we visited an ancient, silent walled city but I cannot now find it on any map.  Or is it simply that I have forgotten its name.  It was in Yemen.  Was it all a dream?

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General Election 2011

Given the fluctuating fortunes of the present coalition government, I for one think that it might not last the year.  Here is one naive but surely possible scenario.

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The problem of evil

The more I think about it, the more I see the problem of evil as a triple-layered one.  Put another way, it is three circles of hell.  It is not only that those of us who believe in some kind … Continue reading

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Dictators’ problems

I read that the besieged ex-president of Ivory Coast sent three generals out to negotiate terms. Perhaps these were the last ones he could trust.  Dictators, like other managers, can’t always get or deploy the staff the way they want.  … Continue reading

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Mutual incomprehension

The news that the massacre of UN personnel in Afghanistan was caused by anger at a Florida pastor’s burning of the Holy Qur’an is depressing and familiar. We have all been here before, most clearly in the Salman Rushdie case, … Continue reading

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