“If you have more than one reason to do something (choose a doctor or veterinarian, hire a gardener or an employee, marry a person, go on ..
Each morning I stand on the old Roman road going into London from the west. It is called Bath Road because, spoiler alert, it connected Lo..
If you stop to think about the function of astrology in the royal courts of China and the Near East, it was not only to set various ritual..
The irony was not lost on the Italian archaeologist giving us a private, after-hours tour of Trajan’s imperial forum. Something something ..
So that presentation I gave in Glastonbury in October is now available online, just in time for you to spend a sunny weekend indoors watch..
Just in time for today’s celebration of the reception of the Book of the Law, a horned mirror designed to reflect the stars goes up at Spa..
Ideological ossification is a challenge right across the magical spectrum but it is potentially more of a concern with chaos magic because..
God save me from American food prices. Were there diamonds in this fruit salad?
While the Manhattan branch of Brooklyn Fare may not be ..
My childhood pet bird died the other week but it’s okay because I didn’t like it much.
That being said, the 19 year old animal had been..
The Condon Report is one of those official documents that makes ufologists really angry. It is a publicly-available Air Force investig..
Only rarely does the numinous, the extradimensional, appear in such a fashion that an operational framework can be built out of it. At..
Today is St David’s Day, the patron of Wales.
Been a trippy couple of days. I could tell manflu was stalking me from about Thursday when I started to cough weirdly at the gym. Anyway, ..
Jason posted recently about a question he received regarding his content choices. I want to weigh in because I’ve had a few similar questi..
Either this post is the audio commentary to Chris’s post, or vice versa. Let us see if we can’t get the phenomenological plane into the ai..
In the decades to come, Putin’s actions will be the subject of hundreds of political science PhDs. Most of us cannot see it at the moment ..
What model of mind do we use to interpret the bleed-through of symbolism and high strangeness into our current flashpoint of global civili..
Some of the nerds among us may have noticed that a prominent pioneer of blogging is hanging up is blogshoes. (Picture cartoon snowshoes th..
Enough time has passed since our selected betters decided to pretend they were marching for freedom of speech and went back to snooping on..
The clustering of towns and hamlets around the hill is quite striking. One is rarely visible from the next, tucked away in quiet valleys t..
There are pieces of this located all across the site, but based on an interview I participated in this last weekend (more on that later), ..
These early mornings in London look like someone has shot the whole place up with a diamond cannon. Leaving the house before the sun is up..
We saw The Hobbit last week and in terms of a super-brief review it is significantly better than you fear but inevitably not as good as yo..
This time last year I had arrived in much warmer climes after an unscheduled and super-weird stopover in Kiev and I still think I’m more t..
Here are two questions for you that I cannot satisfactorily answer.
- Is the world getting better or worse since this time last year?
It still makes me feel weird just posting something really short so I can share a video. But not nearly enough of you use twitter.
What an interesting time for James Bond to return to popular consciousness. What an even more interesting incarnation. Spectre. What a mar..
And you all thought I forgot about this, huh? Well, the joke’s slightly on you and mostly on me because, actually, what happened was that ..
Probably all my favourite bookshops on earth are very poorly managed. The best booksellers are aware that the best books; by definition; m..
It took me several days to work out why I felt annoyance at some of the offsite commentary on the ebola piece. Idiots say dumb shit on the..
The last thing I have time for at the moment is seasonal flu. Which is why, obviously, I have it now on my first weekend to myself -and th..
It might be the confusing accretion of jet lag from way too many time zones but I was beginning to feel like the grinch of Halloween. Aski..
Wellington International is apparently among the least popular airports for commercial pilots due to its preposterously short runway. Comi..
With apologies to Mr Worf.
Both botanicas I visited in Little Havana the other week had staff that either only spoke Spanish or at leas..
I am reading aloud a telegram written in Klingon to a room of more than one hundred people as the last rays of the sun turn the shiraz gra..
In a few hours it is back off to the airport for country number four in the last two weeks.
When magic works I can’t help but return to..