Category Archives: fatwa


I have a thing about camels. I love their stoicism and superciliousness, as though their hump or humps contained not only life-maintaining fat but also life-enhancing forbearance. I have a small gold camel round my neck; I stroke it often, … Continue reading

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I’ve noticed that many of my labels (the little words at the bottom of each post – I know you knew, but still…) have only been used once. This seems a very uneconomical practice, so I thought I’d try to … Continue reading

Posted in borghezio, eucharist, fatwa, larry craig, mnemonics, pottery, ratzinger, soap, very dark cave | 3 Comments

Questions of honour

In a country that sees fit to knight Cliff Rìchard, the decision to give a gong to Salman Rushdie, if only as a nod towards the idea that fiction has at least as much value as Summer Holiday and a … Continue reading

Posted in blair, fatwa, ian hamilton finlay, islam, james hamilton-paterson, penelope fitzgerald, religion, sybille bedford | 3 Comments