New house, new blog name

We are back (almost) online after our house move, and are now based in sunny Brighton. So the blog has a new name, not least because I was getting a bit tired of the old one. It also has a new URL (, though will still work.

Collected Essays, by George Orwell (part48)

Orwell on Tolstoy’s hostility to Shakespeare:

“[As a puritan, Tolstoy] could have no patience with a chaotic, detailed, discursive writer like Shakespeare. His reaction is that of an irritable old man who is being pestered by a noisy child. “Why do you keep jumping up and down like that? Why can’t you sit still like I do?” In a way the old man is in the right, but the trouble is that the child, has a feeling in its limbs which the old man has lost. And if the old man knows of the existence of this feeling, the effect is merely to increase his irritation: he would make children senile, if he could.”


“One docs not necessarily get rid of [a violent] temperament by undergoing religious conversion, and indeed it is obvious that the illusion of having been reborn may allow one’s native vices to flourish more freely than ever, though perhaps in subtler forms.”

What happened to Metro-Land

This blog was briefly called Metro-Land, but has now reverted to its former name, the Lewes Chronicle. ( still works, as well as

It was renamed Metro-Land when my wife got a job in that part of the world, and we planned to move to Amersham, on the end of the Metropolitan line. However, due to a mismatch between the hours her employer needed her to work, and the hours during which reasonably-priced childcare was available, she had to withdraw from the job, and our move was cancelled (16 hours before the removal men turned up).

So, it’s been a weird couple of weeks, and our eyes are now open to the extraordinary cost of childcare. Our current plan – now our house is on the market anyway – is to move closer to the coast, probably to Lewes or Brighton, and for Jane to try and find some work in the media industry there.

Exciting Beaconsfield

There is a small chance that this mighty organ will need to go into voluntary exile in Buckinghamshire, specifically Beaconsfield, for a year or two.

Were that the case, I’d at least be sure that my adrenalin levels would be kept high. The current news headlines on the site (which have been there since February, so there’s a fair chance they’ll still be there when you come to read this) are:


You can just see the development of the story right there, can’t you?