Monthly Archives: April 2018

Oh no, not Menelaus!

So I have set myself the somewhat arduous task of writing a weekly post, which is all very well in theory, but requires a degree of inspiration to which I simply do not have access, despite regular pleadings to the nine muses and all that.  However a thought did occur to me this morning, not too regular an occurrence, and something which is often celebrated in the empty cavern like nothingness of this particular blogess’s mind.  I said to myself, as you do, I will open up my ‘Who’s Who of the Classical World’ each weekend and stick a metaphorical pin in it.  Problem solved.  So I did just that this afternoon, full of hope and expectation, and who did I get but Menelaus.  Oh no, I thought, back again in that empty recess where all the ideas and stuff should happen, not Menelaus, the most boring of all the Homeric characters.  Because in my opinion Menelaus might just be the dullest hero in the history of heroes.  But at least I have a chance to explain why… Continue reading

I am taught

I’ve always had an interest in teaching.  During the days of my boring old office job, sat counting beans and gazing longingly out of a nearby window, I’d dream of a different way of life, a better way of life, the kind of job that adds value to other people’s lives.  So when the afternoon slump kicked in from my over processed lunch, and I’d be in the kitchen hovering close to the caffeine and ranting about what it was to be a wage slave, my equally weary colleagues would ask: ‘so what would you do then, if you could go back and start again?’ And I’d say, ‘I would teach!’  Because obviously, it was just that easy. Continue reading