John Pollock

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Friday, 8 May 2020

Weekend Essay - the end of the beginning

“The ordinary-sized stuff which is our lives, the things people write poetry about—clouds—daffodils—waterfalls—what happens in a cup of coffee when …

By John Pollock

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Weekend essay: Time saved and time served

Dandum semper est tempus: ueritatem dies aperit. (We should always allow some time to elapse, for time discovers truth) – Seneca …

By John Pollock

Friday, 10 April 2020

Hunting for Easter treasure

“there is a treasure, if you can only find it, in the heart of every man” Winston Churchill, July 1910, …

By John Pollock

Saturday, 4 April 2020

We're all in the same boat now

“Give me the occasional luxury, and I will forgo the essentials.” (T.E. Lawrence, in a letter to a friend in …

By John Pollock

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Weekend Essay - a new virus for old people

Let us cherish and love old age; for it is full of pleasure if one knows how to use it. …

By John Pollock

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Keep the (country) home fires burning

glowing coals meantime exhibit the shifting forms of hills and vales and gulfs…and walled towns appear, and figures of unknown …

By John Pollock

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Lost Classic - Look and Learn

If the past is a foreign country where they do things differently, Look and Learn was another world. They came …

By John Pollock

Saturday, 1 February 2020

All centuries start late - the 21st has just begun

‘Long-winded disputes fill up the place of common sense and candid inquiry’ William Hazlitt, ‘On the Conduct of Life: or, …

By John Pollock