Orwell’s proposed Preface to Animal Farm

an edit by Peter:

‘Animal Farm’

A few selected passages:

I mistook myself for a scientific label

Perhaps it was just me, but I somehow mistook myself for a scientific label! [I wrote this poem many years ago but it still seems relevant]

#hashtags

Whilst I no longer contribute to social media I do appreciate how it “levels the playing field”. Perhaps like me, you are not on social media, but have become aware of … Continue reading #hashtags

flight of ideas

“Flight of ideas” is a term considered by psychiatry to represent “pathology”. It is included in International diagnostic criteria for major mental illness. For many years now I have collected … Continue reading flight of ideas

The Peoples’ March

London, Saturday 23rd March 2019: All photographs taken by my cousin Adrian Holliday. Music Credit: ‘Roll Along’ by Roddy Woomble Radio Clip at the end: ‘Thought for the day’ Radio … Continue reading The Peoples’ March

‘Home truths’

Above is the first two paragraphs of Euan McColm’s perspective in Scotland on Sunday, 14th January 2019. And below is his third paragraph:  

div-ided

“The subjective – objective divide” Within and outwith I cannot find any ‘dividing’ line: backwards, forwards, inside-out and wonderfully Humpty-Dumpty, no presence is ever knowingly div-ided.

Polarization

The Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer, in a Transatlantic letter to his friend Robert Bly, expressed concern about a human failing to always polarise everything into utter good or utter evil: … Continue reading Polarization

“Pill Shaming”

I have worked as an NHS psychiatrist for quarter of a century and when I prescribe medications I try to do so as carefully and appropriately as I can. In … Continue reading “Pill Shaming”

The Body Lift

This is a more experimental film and is based on attending a Conference by Aberdeen Council on the 27th October 2016 in the old Anatomy Department of Marischal College. The … Continue reading The Body Lift