Dead Flag Blues
24 May 2022 | 9:36 am

One of the many interesting questions raised in yesterday’s final session of the series of workshops I’ve organised to explore ‘The Politics of Decadence’ was this: would you describe the current UK government as decadent, and why (not)? Corrupt, undoubtedly, among many other things; but, while decadence always involves corruption, it’s fair to say that […]

Caught Out There
19 May 2022 | 7:52 am

This weekend, there’s a fabulous-looking conference at Cornell on Thucydides and Aristophanes in honour of the great and wonderful Jeff Rusten. The advertising on the Twitter is slightly less wonderful… The Cornell Classics department presents "Plato, Thucydides, comedy: tyrants, demagogues, and the Republic," a conference in honor of professor Jeffrey S. Rusten, an expert on […]

Half The Man I Used To Be
10 May 2022 | 7:29 am

The glass-half-full position is that a problem I didn’t know I had has been solved by the very thing that raised it in the first place. It had simply not occurred to me to wonder whether the still-lingering after-effects of the plague – aka Long COVID – mean that I am now someone with a […]


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