Living in a time of clowns

Clowns have been around a long time. Ancient clowns may be seen in the city of Pompeii, smothered by an eruption of Vesuvius and now revealed again. They crop up in Greek and Roman literature and Shakespeare introduces Fools on more than…

Last post for letters

There were always letters. The obligatory ‘thank you’ notes after Christmas and birthdays to distant relatives that I and my siblings were obliged to write as soon as we were literate, then the letters that were part of almost daily life…

The Big Squeeze

The dessert is uncontrolled population growth, worries about water that may or may not be as real as a simple-minded media would have us all believe and any amount of unfinished business with assorted terrorist and extremist groups. The…

Naya Pakistan – the good bits

As noted by some readers this column – now in its 14th year – has become darker of late, and that darkness was at variance with the generally lighter atmosphere that prevails. Ever mindful of the readership we travel this week into the…

Cometh the Barbarians

Barbarians have been around a long time and the various tribes that eventually saw the downfall of the Roman Empire were made up of ‘barbarian’ alliances, with Atilla the Hun and his Horde being the best known today.

The transfer of power is complete

The signing of the five articles that amounted not just to surrender, but the suicide note of a generation too busy watching their phones to not see the hole they were being led to fall down was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

The global churn

The machine-gun of 24-hours rolling news channels is a seamless stocking of change. Change envelops us minute on minute, and for those that follow the doings of the world it becomes a kind of chameleon garment which like most clothing we…