Two Americans

As America gallops towards another civil war en route to the destruction of civilisation and ultimately the planet itself, there is very little cause to celebrate any aspect of the …

The nut case

Nuts are briefly in demand during mid-winter, but for the rest of the time they’re largely ignored by most people – apart from grievously over-salted peanuts sold as pub snacks …

Brrr

By any reckoning, these are exceptionally low temperatures. Cardiff’s average December daytime temperature is 9°C but currently, at mid-day, it is 1°C – a massive drop from the norm. This …

Noson Guto Ffowc

Guy Fawkes Night (aka Bonfire Night) was a major event in the calendar up until comparatively recently. For kids like me, growing up in the rural Glamorgan/Gwent borderlands in the …

An African far from home

I have never been able to understand why more people don’t keep houseplants. They purify and detoxify air, they oxygenate, they recycle carbon dioxide, they humidify, they eliminate odours and …

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 …