Author Archives: Kevin Donnelly

About Kevin Donnelly

I'm also known as Lawrence George, which is the name I write for Helium under. I think I ought to ditch my pseudonyms before I forget which one is me.

Heimat

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted here – less so for my wife. Lots has changed in that time, a great deal of it for the good – but some of it has also been to our … Continue reading

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Creepypasta

I can’t quite work out why spooky internet stories are called “creepypastas”, except to say that there is a brilliant website of the same name. At http://www.creepypasta.com you can find a selection of horror and ghost stories, written in different … Continue reading

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The Club Einstein a Go Go

Years ago – I forget when, but I’m sure I’ve written about it since – I used to go to a club. It was a peculiar place, called the Einstein A Go Go. I think it finally closed down around … Continue reading

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The Confession and Absolution

The end of Nineteen Eighty-Four has Winston thinking to himself: He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O … Continue reading

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Father Smiley

An interesting connection – made many times, I’m sure – is that between John Le Carre’s spymaster George Smiley, and GK Chesterton’s priest detective, Father Brown. Both are, essentially, detectives (and in Smiley’s first two novels, Call for the Dead … Continue reading

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Farewell Norm

As anyone can tell by the long silence on this blog, we’re not committed or prolific bloggers. Norman Geras (http://normblog.typepad.com) however, was: he wrote his blog for 10 years, posting on politics, ideology, philosophy, literature, music and cricket among other … Continue reading

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The Spandau Ballet Dancer

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Flog It

Another reminder that Thoughtcrimes on Nineteen Eighty-Four, my collection of expanded, adapted and occasionally all-new blogposts discussing various aspects of Nineteen Eighty-Four, is on sale for the Kindle from Amazon priced at less than eight cans of Ace. Also on … Continue reading

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In the Silence of Bob

Actually it isn’t much of a silence, being punctuated with kicks, flickles and turnings; it is a quietness and an expectation – but then he or she is an expectation anyway. Like the pause before a slapped bass in a … Continue reading

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There May Be No Golden Fleece

It’s May, and the cold falls away with the blossom. Crisp, light leaves hold the breeze and the world is alright. But old senses recall the quickness of touch and the fun of being. The alwaysbeenthereness of being, though you … Continue reading

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