A bite at the cherry

High summer is the peak fruiting time for the sweet cherry, Prunus avium, and although like most foods these days they’re not cheap (approximately £10 per kg/£5 per lb), I …

The bad guys

As catastrophic global heating and the wholesale destruction of the natural world gather unstoppable, exponential momentum and the inarguable evidence of the imminent collapse of our one and only biosphere …

Let us pray

Our sky-God, who art a metaphorFor those who can’t face death,Thy kismet come,Thy luck be doneIn Wales, as it is for everyone else.Give us this once a fluky winAnd overlook …

It’s a lovely day tomorrow

If it’s cock-eyed optimism, all’s-well-with-the-world sanguinity, head-in-the-sand hopefulness and Pollyanna positivity you’re looking for – you’ve come to the right place! Compiled especially for the clinically depressed who can’t bear …

The F Word

The Tories routinely misapply, debase, distort and tarnish the word ‘freedom’ to the point that their definition of it is the polar opposite of the concept’s time-honoured, peer-reviewed, critically accepted …

Frying tonight

The consequences of a one-megaton nuclear bomb* First, a dazzling white light suddenly appears. This is the light of the fireball, a light unlike any light seen before, a blinding …

Eat the rich

Any nation state led by a man like Boris Johnson and governed by an organisation like the Conservative & Unionist Party is quite clearly a failed state; a rogue state …

Farewell my lovely

Cradled in its amphitheatre of hills under a cloudless sky, Bath’s signature oolitic limestone gleamed like gold in the low winter sun as Helen’s family and many friends gathered at …

Fiendish for Yule

Usual rules apply. Solution in January ACROSS1 Alpha male’s wake-up call? (4-1-6-3)7 Play about a broken King Coal (4,4,2,5)8 Female veneer (5)9 Exotic tailpipe in regular use (5)12 Bachelor with …