Stage Fright

Stage Fright

  Just before you jump out of a plane there is a second when you are totally wrapped up in what is about to happen but you have the illusion of choice. The real moment of control where you could have said no and stayed in the plane was immediately before this moment. And the […]

The Answer to Cancer

The Answer to Cancer

I might be leery of cancer but I refuse to be afraid of a word. I intend to fight the blighter and, as a writer, make it lighter. My body will battle the cells that dwell inside of me. But I will take on the moniker, the handle, the nom de guerre of the greasy, […]

All We Know

All We Know

  I crossed the road and a big, red bus from the Potteries Motor Traction company rushed, towering towards me. As the brakes shrieked I calmly said inside ‘Goodbye World’. I was 6 years old. Around the same time I had an out-of-the-body experience. When, as a Roman Catholic, I made the sign of the […]

They Call Me a Communist

They Call Me a Communist

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist,” said Hélder Pessoa Câmara, the Brazilian Catholic priest who became known as ‘The Bishop of the Slums”. He was clearly on the side of the urban poor. But didn’t Jesus say “The […]

The Camel’s Back

The Camel’s Back

Once I was in The Midland,  my local bar in Manchester,  when a drugged up type came up and started to be a pain in the nether-regions. I fobbed him off and he eventually went away. Then  two very well dressed men walked in.  The druggy approached them and was given short shrift. He didn’t […]

The Kaleidoscope Colours of God

The Kaleidoscope Colours of God

As someone who comes from a monotheist tradition, I do find myself a little envious of religions which have a spectrum of Gods.  It just seems like more fun. Of course, we do let ourselves go a bit when it comes to the Virgin Mary. We have Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima […]

There’s no business like showbusiness

There’s no business like showbusiness

 I studied theatre and the performing arts and have worked as an actor and director of theatre plays. It’s not surprising then that I think all the world’s a stage. I also happen to think that the world of business can learn a lot from the world of show business. Suggestion No 1 : Preparations […]

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? I suppose that depends where you come from. In Spain women don’t change their names when they get married. Where I come from they usually do. And we never incorporate our mothers’ maiden names into our surnames. Unless you are very posh like Helena Bonham-Carter. So I am only Dónal Thompson […]

Vitamin G

Vitamin G

Every day 1,000,000 pints of Guinness are sold in the United Kingdom alone. It is one of the tippler’s healthiest drinks as it contains malted barley, hops, yeast, and water. It is black because the barley is roasted like coffee beans. Guinness was first made in 1759, the year Ferdinand VI of Spain died. Ten […]

Truth and Beauty

Truth and Beauty

The Japanese say that “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty”. We all know how wise everyone is in the East. This week I am going to talk about ‘Camellia sinensis’ – better known as ‘tea’. Truly the best drink of the day. Tea contains less caffeine […]