Archive of ‘Contemplations’ category

The Bloggers' Hierarchy of Needs

Lately there has been a lot of chatter amongst bloggers about different people’s motivations for blogging, and a lack of interaction on social media. Whatever your motivation for blogging – whether it is a hobby, a profession, or whether you write to prove to yourself your brain still functions, to record family life, share recipes, craft ideas, host […] Read more…

The letter from the war that shattered the peace

A letter written The man sits at a desk, pencil poised over paper He squints in the dim light The bulb overhead swinging from the shocks of the shell explosions overground Dust falls on his head In his quarters in the trenches Dark, damp, stinking, noisy The orders have arrived: they are going ‘over the top’ tomorrow […] Read more…

The Hunger Games – a satire on our hunger for reality TV

The story central to the Hunger Games trilogy is feisty heroine Katniss Everdeen doing things her own way, sticking two fingers up to the authorities and leading a rebellion against an oppressive regime. The Hunger Games – the televised fight to the death – themselves are also a satire on our hungry passion for reality television programmes. For the benefit […] Read more…

What makes a pleasure 'guilty'?

Guilty pleasures. Most of us have them. But what makes a pleasure ‘guilty’? A pleasure is something we enjoy doing, something we look forward to. Something that makes us, us. A pleasure becomes guilty because it is something we think we shouldn’t be doing – often because it’s perceived as ‘uncool’. Back when I was […] Read more…

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