THE SEVEN AGES OF MAN (as Shakespeare saw it) All the world’s a stage/And all the men and women merely players/They have their exits and their entrances… THE SEVEN AGES OF WOMAN (as I see it) All the world’s a soap/And all the girls and women TV actresses/They have their long-shots and their close-ups…   … More ADONIS AND APHRODITE


COMING SOON The Language of Brexit To be published in February 2018 Bloomsbury – 2018   Investigating the 2016 EU Referendum in the UK, The Language of Brexit explores the ways in which ‘Brexit’ campaigners utilised language more persuasively than their ‘Remain’ counterparts. Drawing parallels with effective political discourse used worldwide, this book highlights … More MY BOOKS


DECEMBER 2017 The Second Coming Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full … More THIS MONTH’S POEM


Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Donald Trump What I’ve observed from working with violent offenders is that the will to power is exaggerated in proportion to how impotent the person feels. […] We’ve never had a president so obsessed with his … More THE THINGS THEY SAY


Gli italiani perdono le partite di calcio come se fossero guerre e perdono le guerre come se fossero partite di calcio. Winston Churchill In una certa fase Mussolini fece cose buone, un fatto confermato dalla storia. Silvio Berlusconi L’uomo che si spoglia davanti alla donna rimane da sempre uno spettacolo della natura. È come vedere un … More LE COSE CHE DICONO


Is it a civilized library where you can get a pint of ale or is it a literary pub? HOW TIMES CHANGE In the 13th century there were streets in London named Gropecuntlane, Pissing Alley and Shitteborwelane. A dandelion could be called a pissabed, a heron a shiterow and a windhover a windfucker. In those … More MY HABITAT