WHITTLING OUR NICHE

Some years ago I wrote a poem - Whittling our Niche - which attempted to explore the concept of our singular, but miniscule existence on this Mother Earth. Seen through a galactic microscope, each of us has a unique mountain to climb, a discrete rock-wall to scale, on our track from cot to coffin. This portfolio of stories and poems, photographs and sketches, along with comments on contemporary issues, is a reflection of my own minute presence on our eternal globe. 

Reading for me is not a hobby, it's a way of discovering how others have scaled their rock-walls ... fact or fiction. And so to writing: the other side of the yin and yang. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens 'If I had known I was going to read so much, I would have done more writing to match'. Now I begin to even up the kaleidoscope.

I hope this site can inspire others to do the same.

Duncan Gregory




IS JOE BIDEN OUR FDR FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Almost 90 years on, Joseph R. Biden takes over the helm of an ailing United States of America, much the same as Franklin D. Roosevelt did in the dark days of the Great Depression. The similarities are profound: both had enormous tragedies in their personal lives, both were first elected to political office when decidedly young, and crucially, both followed on the heels of poor presidencies (in Biden’s case, many would say disastrous presidency!), confronted from the start with overwhelming difficulties ...

TERRORISM HELPS KENYA FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

I am a Brit who has lived and worked in Kenya for more than two decades, first arriving in 1998, a few months after the devastating bombing of the US embassy by Al-Qaeda. As luck would have it, Al-Shabaab - the Al-Qaeda spin-off, based in Somalia – had me at their mercy fifteen years later, when they carried out their 2013 assault on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall. I had a narrow escape which left me shocked, but otherwise unscathed. How does this connect to coronavirus? ... (read more)
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