The Victor and the Vanquished

Posted on: April 11th, 2012 by robert No Comments


"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."  Baron Pierre De Coubertin

Dearest V

I've snatched an idle moment in the office to write and say how sorry I am that things didn't work out with you and you know who. I once read, though don't recall the source, something resonant, and you may agree about now: Sometimes you are forced to defend your feelings. Sometimes you're forced to look at relationships that aren't positive anymore. There are times when you have to make peace with the fact that you are at war. Sometimes you have to accept that you're with someone that doesn't want love to conquer all.... Read More

On A Train Somewhere In The Midlands

Posted on: December 28th, 2005 by robert No Comments


"It was the interests in life and the attempt to get life down on the pages which made me a writer - and then I discovered that, in many ways, I am standing on the outside of life."   Philip Roth

I've come to recognise these recurrent periods of unhappiness with razorsharp perspective now I'm older. I can overcome it, most of the time, and find a semblance of joy in certain things. But there again at times like this, it sneaks up on you without warning. And then you find yourself in the pit of despair again.... Read More