Category: History & Culture

not art, music, performing arts or literature

The pagan world [1]

Foreword Speaking broadly, there are only three basic types of civilization: Pagan, Christian, and Post-Christian. Each type has a different soul. If you prefer a less accurate terminology,  we might say each of the three types has a different animating…

Garik Sukachev

For a long time, I’ve been wanting to show what Russia was like to live in.  Garik Sukachev [the surname means “sonofabitch”] is a singer with a very long career over there – the genteel don’t like him – he’s…

Chuckle’s Ode to the Scots

McTavish has dropped in on his old friend, Armstrong, and after an hour’s chat, allows he must be going … “Och,”says Armstrong, “I have forgotten my manners … now before ye go off, ye’ll be havin’ a wee dram with…

Chuckles talks snow

Another old one, very appropriate for the current conditions – December 8: 6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching…