Welcome to my quiet place; my tree-house in the woods, my rowboat on a placid lake. To those interested, here I shall share the ever-slowly untangling ball of thread that is my thoughts! Whether it be poetry, short stories, history, … Continue reading First Steps
Buddhism and eastern philosophy has become quite popular with those seeking a way to detach from the noise of modern life in recent years. In the west, our ancestors had their own similar ideas that I believe have a unique … Continue reading Morning Stoicism: Greek Philosophy for Modern Life
We are healthier, longer-lived and under more stable and secure governments that ever before. But if all this is the case, why are we still so unhappy? Is it possible we are looking in the wrong places for the most elusive human condition? Continue reading Happiness : An Impossible Dream?
Caustic Incense filled my lungs. As I paced the marbled floor pieced together from stones from all corners of the Mediterranean, my eyes darted back and forth surveying every inch of detail. Over the tannoy system “silence please” ironically blared … Continue reading Building Your First Memory Palace
The skies are miserable and grey today so I’m feeling a bit melancholy. When I put together poems I like to imagine the writer as a third person character. I build up the image of this character first before writing … Continue reading Epitaph to a Mask
You’ve probably heard of memory palaces before now, either from a schoolteacher espousing them as a study method or their recent popularity in TV shows such as Hannibal and Sherlock. When I visited Rome this earlier this month I had … Continue reading A Memory Palace of Rome: What Makes Us Remember?
The real Augustus may always be a mystery to us, so much of what we know about him is tainted in the character he sought to portray; the son of God, staunch defender of old traditions, the shepherd of the roman flock, defender of his people, and bearer of the torch of civilisation. Was this who he was? Continue reading Augustus: The Boy Who Became a God
At the beginning of January I spent a week touring the eternal city of the Caesars: Rome. As a lover of Roman history it was a dream come true, but my purpose there was not only for pleasure. It was … Continue reading Rome: Faded Splendor