• Queen & Charles – Royal mothers and disapproval ++ Coronation oath

    Queen & Charles – Royal mothers and disapproval ++ Coronation oath
    There was a bizarre and slightly pathetic mise-en-scene for the Queen’s Speech with the Imperial State Crown minus its keeper sitting centre spotlight on a cushion, effectively upstaging Prince Charles who had to perform the political ritual. If it was a pointed reminder that the Queen had sworn lifelong devotion to the throne, it didn’t work. Her appearance two days later in beaming good spirits at a horse show added to the tone deafness of the exercise.  No one begrudges her p
  • Dervla Murphy – a bicycle and unbelievable luck

    Dervla Murphy – a bicycle and unbelievable luck
    Breath-taking courage or foolhardy indifference to risk was the hallmark of intrepid travel writer Dervla Murphy’s life. She survived decades of trips on her bicycle to remote and untouched corners of the earth the world, many of them accompanied by her young daughter and wrote 20 books about her experiences. She fought off wolves, battled treacherous black ice in the mountains of eastern Europe, winds that blew her off her bike, debilitating dust storms in Pakistan, was forced to tie hers
  • Robert Graves – scarred by his war experience

    Robert Graves – scarred by his war experience
    Robert Graves was a towering figure in 20th Century literature with his WW1 war memoirs (Goodbye to All That), poetry, historical novels (I, Claudius, The Golden Ass) and writing on mythology (The White Goddess). Yet he was irrevocably scarred by his experiences in World War One, where he was wounded at the Somme. He knew Siegfried Sassoon well and another writer Edmund Blunden, though both fell out with him over his recollections of the war in Goodbye to All That.  Grave was physically fra
  • Southern Baptist Church – another US pillar rocked

    Southern Baptist Church – another US pillar rocked
    Church cover-up of sexual abuse is hardly new given the relentless stream of accusations against RC priests and others in recent decades. What is noteworthy about the ‘apocalypse’, as one former adherent described it, which has hit the Southern Baptist Church this week as a report was published describing the mishandling of sexual abuse allegations, is that it is the largest Protestant and second-largest Christian denomination in the USA. So a not insignificant part of American cultu
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  • USA and guns – an addiction beyond curing

    USA and guns – an addiction beyond curing
    America’s gun addiction problem has hit another new low with nineteen Texas primary school children shot dead by a disturbed adolescent wielding military style rifles. The usual howls of outrage greeted the news but whether anything will or indeed can be done to deal with the problem is questionable.  The recent May 16 Lunar Eclipse at 25 Scorpio opposition Algol square Saturn in Aquarius always did look troublesome. And indeed it clashes mightily with the National Rifle Association (
  • Sheila Hancock – swimming against the tides of time

    Sheila Hancock – swimming against the tides of time
    “Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan ThomasAt 89 actress Sheila Hancock has earned the right to strutt her stuff and toss around her opinions on life, love and politics. Her latest memoir Old Rage was intended as an inspirational guide to growing old for those who aren’t Joan Collins but rampages off down divergent paths as the whim takes her.  She was born 22 February 1933 o
  • Relationships – where there is control there is not love ++ 12th harmonic

    Relationships – where there is control there is not love ++ 12th harmonic
    Coercive control has come into the relationship lexicon in recent years and onto the criminal statute book as controlling and threatening behaviour has become an offence. More women are coming forward to be open about their experiences which has a knock-on effect as it alerts other sufferers that their marital experiences are neither normal nor acceptable.Ruth Dodsworth, a Welsh broadcaster and weather presenter, has been talking of her fears as her bullying ex-husband is about to be released fr
  • Relationships – where there is control there is not love

    Relationships – where there is control there is not love
    Coercive control has come into the relationship lexicon in recent years and onto the criminal statute book as controlling and threatening behaviour has become an offence. More women are coming forward to be open about their experiences which has a knock-on effect as it alerts other sufferers that their marital experiences are neither normal nor acceptable.Ruth Dodsworth, a Welsh broadcaster and weather presenter, has been talking of her fears as her bullying ex-husband is about to be released fr
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  • New Australia PM – pledges to tackle climate change ++ absent father, Republicanism

    New Australia PM – pledges to tackle climate change ++ absent father, Republicanism
    Anthony Albanese has been sworn in quickly as the new Australian prime minister to allow him to attend talks with Joe Biden and the India and Japan premiers in Tokyo. It is not yet known whether his centre-left Labor party will reach the 76-seat majority needed to govern in its own right but he has the guarantees for a coalition if not. He has promised to tackle climate change, rising living costs and inequality.  He became AU PM at 9am in Canberra which gives a charming, good-for-PR 10th h
  • New Australia PM – pledges to tackle climate change

    New Australia PM – pledges to tackle climate change
    Anthony Albanese has been sworn in quickly as the new Australian prime minister to allow him to attend talks with Joe Biden and the India and Japan premiers in Tokyo. It is not yet known whether his centre-left Labor party will reach the 76-seat majority needed to govern in its own right but he has the guarantees for a coalition if not. He has promised to tackle climate change, rising living costs and inequality.  He became AU PM at 9am in Canberra which gives a charming, good-for-PR 10th h
  • Siegfried Sassoon – the hell where youth and laughter go

    Siegfried Sassoon – the hell where youth and laughter go
    The haunting and haunted life of leading World War One poet Siegfried Sassoon is being re-examined in Terence Davies’ Benediction, a biopic about personal loss, wasted life and talent unfulfilled – a man betrayed by himself. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front and described as recklessly  courageous, Sassoon turned against the war, writing poetry about the horror of the trenches and his 1917 Soldier’s Declaration against the continuation of the war became a cause ce
  • Boris Johnson – the witching hour still in play

    Boris Johnson – the witching hour still in play
    Whatever fairy godmother or wizardess stood over Boris Johnson’s crib, she’s had her work cut out through decades of disgraces, scandals, lies, indolence, irresponsibility, negligence, unprincipled and dishonourable behaviour. Teachers at school complained of his sense of entitlement in expecting results with no effort, which continued later through a car-crash journalistic career, rife with complaints from colleagues about his delinquent conduct and on in similar vein through his su
  • Boris Johnson – the witching hour has been delayed

    Boris Johnson – the witching hour has been delayed
    Whatever fairy godmother or wizardess stood over Boris Johnson’s crib, she’s had her work cut out through decades of disgraces, scandals, lies, indolence, irresponsibility, negligence, unprincipled and dishonourable behaviour. Teachers at school complained of his sense of entitlement in expecting results with no effort, which continued later through a car-crash journalistic career, rife with complaints from colleagues about his delinquent conduct and on in similar vein through his su
  • Turkey – grabbing a chance for leverage

    Turkey – grabbing a chance for leverage
    Turkey’s unpredictable and authoritarian president Recep Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Finland and Sweden’s desire to join NATO which require a unanimous agreement from all 30 members before it can go ahead. He is aggrieved by what he sees as Sweden’s failure to crackdown on members of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK), an armed militia that has fought the Turkish state since the 1980s and of harbouring exiled members of the Gulen movement, a secretive Isl
  • Mark Rutte – Jupiter’s undeserved good luck

    Mark Rutte – Jupiter’s undeserved good luck
    Teflon Mark Rutte in for a fourth term as prime minister of the Netherlands despite a string of scandals, is relying on his winning Jupiter to see him through this year. It may not hold him up through 2023 but will be back with more unmerited bounty by 2024.  Whoever said life wasn’t fair?   Born 14 February 1967 6.53pm, The Hague, he has a hard-working 6th house Aquarius Sun in a slippery square to Neptune. His Neptune is in a Water Grand Trine to Jupiter in Cancer trine Sa
  • Selma Blair – surviving a monstrous mother

    Selma Blair – surviving a monstrous mother
    Actress Selma Blair has written “a jaw-flooring memoir of alcoholism, suicide attempts, being raped, multiple times” and getting a late diagnosis of multiple sclerosis which explained symptoms she had suffered for decades. Titled Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up she describes herself as arriving in the world scowling. Having been landed with the family label she set out to fulfil the legend taking to alcohol aged 7, promising herself she would be “the best alcoholic a girl can
  • UK economy – heading into the hurricane ++ worst G7 inflation

    UK economy – heading into the hurricane ++ worst G7 inflation
    Apocalyptic warnings about inflation and the cost of living in the UK should theoretically involve a punishing of the wicked and rewards for the faithful. Given that the last bout of high inflation in the 1970s resulted in Margaret Thatcher’s election to power, it might seem to some a misnomer.  Inflation now stands at 9% the highest since the 1970s oil crisis when a sudden supply shock sent the oil price soaring by 300%. Inflation climbed to 12.9% in 1974, 24% in 1975. By 1976 Labour
  • UK economy – heading into the hurricane

    UK economy – heading into the hurricane
    Apocalyptic warnings about inflation and the cost of living in the UK should theoretically involve a punishing of the wicked and rewards for the faithful. Given that the last bout of high inflation in the 1970s resulted in Margaret Thatcher’s election to power, it might seem to some a misnomer.  Inflation now stands at 9% the highest since the 1970s oil crisis when a sudden supply shock sent the oil price soaring by 300%. Inflation climbed to 12.9% in 1974, 24% in 1975. By 1976 Labour
  • David Milgaard – Pluto South Node and an unfair fate

    David Milgaard – Pluto South Node and an unfair fate
    David Milgaard’s chilling story of being imprisoned for 23 years between the ages of 16 and 39 for a crime committed by someone else stands as one of Canada’s most egregious wrongful convictions. He was living a hippie lifestyle when he was banged up in 1970 for the sexual assault and murder of a nursing assistant and was only freed after his mother’s tireless efforts in 1992. Her search pointed to a serial rapist who lived nearby and subsequent DNA tests proved it. Over the ye
  • Tom Cruise – finally seeing sense

    Tom Cruise – finally seeing sense
    The unstoppable Tom Cruise is picking up rave reviews for his latest mega-blockbuster Mission Impossible 7 (Part One) – “thrilling, moving and gloriously Cruisey —- the best studio action film in years.” He also managed to collect the top billing for the Queen’s Jubilee feste for reasons no one can fathom. Most interestingly of all he appears to be drifting away from Scientology, the much maligned cult church which he has stuck to through thick, thin and damaging pu
  • Kenton Cool – defying the odds to succeed

    Kenton Cool – defying the odds to succeed
    Recovering from a potentially crippling injury to become a record-breaking Mount Everest guide is an inspirational tale of mind over matter. Kenton Cool shattered both heels when he was 22 in a climbing accident and was told he would never walk again without a cane. He had a year of surgery and therapy and went on to work in Rope Access – scaling tall buildings without scaffolding – and then co-founded a global adventure company before becoming a leading Alpine guide. He has hel
  • Buffalo shooting – guns and extremist conspiracy theories

    Buffalo shooting – guns and extremist conspiracy theories
    The double sickness at the heart of the USA – guns and racism – re-emerges with amass shooting by a deranged teenager with an AR-15 at a supermarket in a predominately Black neighbourhood. 10 were killed with three injured. Despite having a mental health evaluation last year for making threats of shooting he was free to buy heavy weapons, with a rifle and a shotgun also found in his car. The suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, drove more than 320km (200 miles) to carry out the attack.A 180-
  • Emmanuel Macron – uneasy lies the crown

    Emmanuel Macron – uneasy lies the crown
    Elysee PalaceEmmanuel Macron officially embarks this weekend on his Second Presidency for what looks like a tempestuous term ending in tears and tribulations. France itself is undergoing a seismic shift and series of convulsions between 2022 and 2025 and his own chart indicates banana skins galore, misjudgments and ultimately failure.  He had a low-key swearing in on 7 May 2022 (anyone have a time?) and the new government officially started at midnight at the end of the 13th. Both charts ha
  • Queen & Charles – Royal mothers and disapproval

    Queen & Charles – Royal mothers and disapproval
    There was a bizarre and slightly pathetic mise-en-scene for the Queen’s Speech with the Imperial State Crown minus its keeper sitting centre spotlight on a cushion, effectively upstaging Prince Charles who had to perform the political ritual. If it was a pointed reminder that the Queen had sworn lifelong devotion to the throne, it didn’t work. Her appearance two days later in beaming good spirits at a horse show added to the tone deafness of the exercise.  No one begrudges her p
  • Cryptocurrency – another Pluto in Capricorn swansong?

    Cryptocurrency – another Pluto in Capricorn swansong?
    Cryptocurrencies are collapsing with some reduced to zero in value. Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange, has seen their shares lose around three-quarters of their value since the market debut last year, and drop 32 per cent this week.  I stumble around in the dark where these magical, mystical, non-real money tokens are concerned but for what it is worth –Coinbase, founded 20 June 2012, has a Gemini Sun square Mars in Virgo which is catching the panicky-failure tr Neptune opposition
  • Good Friday – put at risk by an act of folly ++ Truss, the ‘human hand grenade’

    Good Friday – put at risk by an act of folly ++ Truss, the ‘human hand grenade’
    Beacon of Hope, BelfastThe Good Friday agreement – ‘one of the great achievements of the turn of the century’ – brought to an effective end nearly thirty years of violence in Northern Ireland. The UK attorney- general Suella Braverman is now accusing the EU of putting the peace process at risk by holding the Johnson government to the terms they signed in the Brexit deal – which is a reversal of the truth. Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, in between bouts of la
  • Good Friday – put at risk by an act of folly

    Good Friday – put at risk by an act of folly
    Beacon of Hope, BelfastThe Good Friday agreement – ‘one of the great achievements of the turn of the century’ – brought to an effective end nearly thirty years of violence in Northern Ireland. The UK attorney- general Suella Braverman is now accusing the EU of putting the peace process at risk by holding the Johnson government to the terms they signed in the Brexit deal – which is a reversal of the truth. Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, in between bouts of la
  • Cardinal Zen – 90 and still fighting the good fight

    Cardinal Zen – 90 and still fighting the good fight
    Ninety year old Cardinal Zen has been arrested in Hong Kong for breaking China’s draconian 2020 national security law, on the specious excuse ofbeing a trustee of a humanitarian relief fund, now disbanded, that helped pro-democracy protesters in financial need. Other than the Dalai Lama, there is no individual more despised by the Chinese State Security officials than Zen. Human Rights Watch called it a “shocking new low for Hong Kong.”Cardinal Zen fled Shanghai for Hong Kong a
  • Sigmund Freud – resolutely earth bound

    Sigmund Freud – resolutely earth bound
    Sigmund Freud’s thinking had a profound effect on the 20th Century, becoming embedded in literature and movies as well as across the psychological field. Credited as the founder of psychoanalysis, he had a professional partnership then disagreement with Jung with both going their separate ways as egos and theories clashed.  Both were ambitious men keen to make their name as leaders in their field, which in Freud’s case caused him to skew some of his views on the sexual abuse of
  • Australia elections – nothing clearcut

    Australia elections – nothing clearcut
    The polls for the Australia election show a solid lead for Labor and Anthony Albanese over Scott Morrison’s coalition government. But the Australia country chart reeks of confusion and indecision; and neither of the two leaders looks cheered by the result, nor does the main financial backer ofthe independent candidates.  The gap at the moment of 54% to 46% would need a staggering reversal to alter it at this late stage. But there still appears to be unease about it not being in the ba

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