A teacher of English living and working abroad founds a forum online to make regular contact with news from England, but also to write about experiences past and present. What he observes around him resonates with some, while challenging the preconceptions of others. This is an autobiographical blog recording thoughts, feelings and opinions and of a life lived differently. From such a perspective various ideas emerge and evolve.
This book reveals how the author dealt with a life that, as far he was concerned, had been challenged spiritually and ethically. He left a successful and prestigious job in Oxford and subsequently walked for thirty two days across Spain in 2004. Blogs written from 2007 follow a life teaching abroad for eight years after 2005. But dates do not figure so much in the memories of stories which are primarily autobiographical and happened at any time in the past. For example, The Incredible Story of Nobby and The Frenchman took place in Spain in 2004, while on The Camino walk in Spain - some 850 miles - was written three years later in 2007. Biographies, also feature such as, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon a classic book written by Rebecca West. Yet even here there remains some autobiographical component since it is not just a book review but an account of travels in the region by the author. There are many stories which explore thoughts on events either from the past or present. For example, The Moon landing looks back at an old story and how it is sometimes viewed today. Alternatively, a Cultural tsunami was written at the time of the Arab Spring and explores the impact this had on being a teacher in Oman at that time. Likewise, Schools out in Oman. Other stories, however, are told direct from the classroom such as, Boys played loudly. Opinions also feature in blogs written recently and usually have a political context such as Economical with the truth. The reader is, of course, free to agree or disagree, as they may with ideas formulated in The origin of ideas - and other blogs related to this theme - which explore Darwin's ideas and Darwinism and the impact of this thinking on society and culture today. The author hopes the reader will experience an informative, engaging and original blog autobiography that is often perceptive and entertaining.
Introduction page 7; 2007; Anonymous 15; Yet another atheist from Oxford 17; Political correctness; from 'isms to 'obias 18; The varieties of religious experience 19; The incredible story of Nobby and the Frenchman 22; The Moon landing 24; 2008; Ping Pong evolutionary theory 26; Cheers! 27; What makes art interesting? 29; The Heavy Rock Pub 30; Anarchy in the UK 31; England v Brazil: World Cup 1970 33; Reading 1975: The Golden Void 35; 2009; Ready to go 37; Hell Raisers RIP 38; Black Lamb, Grey Falcon 40; Snow in China 43; The Rock of Gibraltar 44; Dad & WW2 45; The Zone 48; Views on Western Civilization 50; My country and Muslim people 53; Goodbye Thailand 55; Five Past Twelve 57; It's grim up north 58; Did political correctness cause the latest economic crisis? 60; True equality 61; 2010; Bleak House 63; Wezi 65; Boys played loudly 66; A charm of finches 67; Immigration into the UK 69; Nobby in Arabia 71; The Lion and the Crescent 72; 2011; The Beach 75; Cultural tsunami 76; Schools out in Oman 77; My England 78; Was Orwell a fraud? 80; Delusions of the Left 83; Note for a Leftie 85; Prediction 86; Berserker 87; 2012; Economical with the truth 90; Is the government tilting at windmills? 91; Karl's Gambit 92; Bread and circuses 93; Marxist English culture 2012 96; 2013; Boiling frog 98; Cameron's Brave New World 99; Friends, Englishman, countrymen, lend me your ears! 101; Change 103; Zusammenspiel 105; The Movie 107; Darwinian trifles 108; A debate on Darwin's evolutionary theory of natural selection 111; The origin of ideas 116; What I have learnt since blogging 120; Relative scandals 122; Cultural evolution 123.