The definition of pathetic fallacy – thirty years on

When I awoke on the morning of 16 October 1987, it was to devastation across the country. Fortunately for me, it only meant a bin flung half-way down the street. But it was a significant time in my life – my relationship was in tatters and I didn’t know how to get out of it. A few months later, I had succeeded (with the help of his infidelity) in moving on and was travelling the world.

In 1988, I took a road trip across the States, met another man (which similarly ended disastrously) and moved to Hong Kong, albeit briefly.

The storm that raged on the night of 15/16 October 1987 was somehow pathetic fallacy for what was happening in my life and I guess that’s what often happens with great events, that they become very personal.

The storm that raged in my life was positive in the end and the pictures posted by the National Trust show how some of their land was hit badly, but has recovered. See the pictures here in a great piece from The Guardian.

Of course, there was real tragedy that night, 30 years ago – 18 people lost their lives and their families will remember today very differently. It’s a relatively small number, but sad nonetheless for every one of them.


The Firth of Forth in October

A family celebration took me out into the Firth of Forth. Despite a little wind, it was a beautiful afternoon that ended in a stunning evening as we returned towards the Forth road bridge. The work that went into creating the structure took the lives of several men and it helped join up the north of Scotland to Edinburgh and on into England. An amazing feat of engineering.

Early evening skies

Russia – a century on

The history of the Russian Revolution has always been fascinating and for most of us it took shape in the form of Anastasia. What was a fairy story (as it turned out) born from the tragic killing of the entire royal family is mentioned in passing in the latest stunning exhibition at the British Library.

‘Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths’ is a fascinating exploration of everything leading up to the murder of the Tsar and his family, and all that followed.

For me, the most telling elements were the audio extracts of diaries and first-hand witnesses. This is a real story of real people, entwined in huge social and political change.

If you have the chance to visit, the British Library is always worthwhile, and the extra cost of this exhibit is worth every penny.

Especially one hundred years on, and with Russia still making the news most days.