Who am I?

This is a piece of spoken word I wrote when I was 16 to vocalise my frustration and sadness concerning the first few years of boarding school.   Who am I? Am I what people think of me, or what I think of myself? Everything changes but nothing changes. I’m in these cages being battered…

A short commentary on the Piraeus

The Piraeus was an ancient port-city constructed on the orders of Themistocles in 471 BC soon after the defeat of Xerxes and the second Persian invasion that ended in 279BC. Themistocles’ presence in its construction is evident from the map that points out two conjectural sites, the tomb of Themistocles (key number 7) and the…

A short commentary on Herodotus and the Samians

Herodotus presents us with the tale of Polycrates that seems fairly consistent with the common hubristic themes found in Greek tragedies. Amasis, the king of Egypt warns Polycrates of his overreaching successes that might cause offence to the gods ‘I cannot rejoice at your excessive prosperity.’ (III. 39). Amasis plays the role of the humble…

Caesar

This is a re-imagining of Mark Antony’s speech after the death of Caesar Oh woe! The news that Caesar is deceased Has wrenched my poor heart out of line. I feel astounded and can’t think it true But there it is, the truth right in my face. Those conspirators who dealt with Caesar’s heart Have…

New Facebook Page!

I have just created a Facebook page in the wake of the recent mass shootings in America in an attempt to put out a pro- gun control message to students. Reasons you should have a look: It promotes gun control safety with the aim of education people that it is senseless that more guns is…

Icarus

A wax candle burns within me And out of a passion too strong for words A pair of wings are fashioned.   Taking my wings on my back He beckons me towards his light Yet Sirens plague my heart and I am blinded.   His heat is unbearable, but while it rejects me I am…