I am currently revising content on my blog and mini-sites. Some material has been taken down, but will be re-introduced shortly.

The Long Return

I have not had the time to tend my website for a long while. During this winter and spring I have been immersed in the task of completing my MA thesis. The title is “Romantic Attitudes and Aesthetic Strategies in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, The Counsellor and The Road“. It is an account and analysis of McCarthy’s expression of the Romantic attitudes to death, life and materialism and the application and effect of bildung and Romantic irony and allegory in his recent works.

I have received an A for my efforts, so I am singularly pleased. That’s one – very significant – item I can check off on my list. Having, finally, completed my education is not only a reward in itself, but a confirmation and validation of my ability and the obstinacy with which I have pursued it, despite the challenge, I have had to face during my student years, in the form of chronic pain.

Of course, with this result, invariably I must ask myself – PhD?


Rhowanion added to the Poetry collection.

Based on a dream and heavily Dickinson-inspired. And, yes, Tolkien fans are correct if they recognize the name, although contextually it is not Tolkien related.

Beading my Time

I have acquired a consuming hobby over the last year; beading. It is a most excellent passtime in which I indulge when gardening is unavailable due to season or weather or circumstance.


Green / Purple Large Bezel Pendant

This bezel pendant is actually the first item I made. I just had to go all-aboard first time round. I made one for myself, my Mum, my niece and her Mum. Then I ran out of the 24mm purple pearls I used for the base. My niece will have to wait for hers, as she is still at that age where she has to put everything in her mouth.

24mm wax pearl base. 6/0 and 9/0 Czech beads, 8/0 and 9/0 Tohos, and 11/0 Miyuki delicas. Czech drop crystal. Purple bead thread. Even count peyote stitch.

Aesthetics & Identity in Blade Runner

Aesthetics and Identity in Blade Runner added to the Essays collection.

The essay addresses and discusses Blade Runner as a Gothic and postmodern work, in particular its use of Gothic tropes and aesthetics, notably transgression, terror and the Sublime, and the fragmentation of identity and derealisation of reality and knowledge. In the context, Edmund Burke’s, Ann Radcliffe’s and Jean-Francois Lyotard’s theories of the sublime and of terror are treated, as well as Jean Baudrillard’s theories of the hyperreal and symbolic death.

Ode to my Brothers

1989 EftelingI have two younger brothers, respectively seven and ten years younger than myself. Ask me who or what is dearest to me and I shall name them. This post is dedicated to them.

Invariably, when I think of my brothers a particular song comes to mind; My Brother by Terry Scott and Mitch Murray. The song dates back from the 1950s when my own parents were children. As a child, it was among my favourite songs on my favourite record, a compilation called All Aboard, released in 1979 by EMI Records.

Phorr, there’s something funny round ‘ere. What is it? Oh, it’s you… come ‘ere and sit down. You’re gonna ‘ave the truth told about you and put on record

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