Category Archives: Philosophy

An Office Life 10: What’s in a Label?


What is a Label? There are various definitions for a label, for the purposes of Belwoven a label was a bespoke design and weave job lot for customer purchase. Job size could range from 500 labels to half a million. … Continue reading

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Memories of Doris Lessing


While I was trawling my archives for notes I’d made on Sufism in Burnley (in vain so far), an unpolished, unpublished draft post on Doris Lessing came to my attention – I was conscious I hadn’t said all I wanted … Continue reading

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Billion Year Spree – further thoughts


Just finished The Neried. About myths, legends and homelessness; set in Blackpool. My next piece is proper SF Core. Set in the core of the Milky Way, in the Galactic Bar. Explores the issues of lots of aliens living together … Continue reading

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Kulturá at Kavá 2


[* edited 06/08/2016] To blog or not to blog. I shuck off thoughts of Grant Morrison’s Invisibles (Vertigo Comics) and retellings of The Fisher King. Once more I am at Kulturá at the Kavá in Todmorden. In another life, things … Continue reading

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My Fantasy Influences


I sometimes reflect on the circumstances surrounding Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds. It was the premier British SF periodical and at the time had a reach that, though it didn’t rival that of the American offerings, was substantial. Under his stewardship, a significant … Continue reading

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Writing Theory: Aristotle and Plato’s Contribution


In a few days’ time I get to do a bit of a talk; that is, in the absence of group members (holidays) and given the no show of Bury Borough Council plus writing course, I elected to provide a … Continue reading

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Meeting of the British Science Fiction & British Fantasy Associations York Pubmeet 9th May


York Pubmeet 9th May 2015: British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Association the Elmbank Hotel, York Midnight 09/05/15 (last Saturday) I was woken by my eldest son texting a reply to my earlier message – – he said – – I … Continue reading

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Notes to World Building and Cosmogonies


I’m gonna talk about two things here: Cosmogony and World Creation Cosmogony Any theory concerning the coming into existence (or origin) of either the cosmos (or universe), or the so-called reality of sentient beings. World Creation Essentially a process of defining a sandbox … Continue reading

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On Poetry


The first principle. If you wait it will fade. Explore the impulse. This assumes you have both inclination and wherewithal. The second principle Know something of it Then, bin all you know You won’t get there on rules gone stale … Continue reading

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Eckhart von Hochheim


685 years ago today… On 27 March 1329, Pope John XXII issued a bull (in agro dominico) concerning the works of Eckhart von Hochheim – a German theologian, philosopher and mystic. By the time this bull was issued, Eckhart was … Continue reading

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