Miscellany

A Fundraising Speech

(Please note that at the time of posting – March 2018 – this is the only item on this site not by me. It is by my son Mike and was delivered at a large […]

What I’m Reading #2

Lincoln Allison, emeritus reader in politics, University of Warwick, is reading Robert Macfarlane’s Mountains of the Mind (Granta, 2003)   Mountains were: forbidden and forbidding, an odious nuisance, God-forsaken and ugly, an “other” to be […]

What I’m Reading

Lincoln Allison, emeritus reader in politics, University of Warwick, is reading James Hawes’ The Shortest History of Germany (Old Street Publishing, 2017)   I was given this book in a pub by a friend who […]

Real Heroes Have Sharp Swords

Rayvon Fouché, Game Changer: the techno-scientific revolution in sports, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2017, pp. 262   A starting claim of Game Changer is that the impact of technology on sport in the last […]

Assessing the Worth of Assessment

       In a lifetime as a self-appointed “essayist” I have published over a thousand articles. There are all kinds of ambiguities about that figure including revisions and syndications, but it a rough indication. Mostly they […]

Marriage

Marriage Wholesome Handsome Honest Sharp-tongued Wife Gentle Eternal Loving Intimate Touch Couldn’t Tolerate Imagine Contemplate Life without you (She was lying on her back snoring gently, her hand resting on me when these words came […]

The Mistress of the House: Two plays by Lincoln Allison

(These are two “one act” plays in traditional terms. Women are the central characters in both; the stories and characters are intended to be related in complex ways quite apart from the very slight connection […]

Love Songs: A (sort of) poem

(This is plagiarism, but in the modern student fashion, from multiple sources. I composed it when I was asked to say something at the wedding of my youngest son to Elizabeth Cornwell in December 2012. […]