Caesar, Calphurnia, and the Coronavirus

June 28, 2020 David Hurley 0

What on earth does Julius Caesar have to do with the coronavirus? Well, in Act Two, Scene Two of Shakespeare’s play, Caesar’s wife, Calphurnia, feels it is too risky for Caesar to go out to the Forum that day and urges him to stay at home. Staying at home is [Read more…]

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Hatsukaichi

April 9, 2019 David Hurley 0

We had the perfect weather for the cherry blossom season this weekend and so I went out on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon to see the blossom. Saturday Evening Hanami and Dinner Party Hatsukaichi is a suburb of Hiroshima. Actually, nowadays it’s a city in its own right. Anyway, it’s [Read more…]

Farewell To The Last Of The Heisei Graduates

March 8, 2019 David Hurley 0

Yesterday I attended the graduation ceremony and graduate party for the Heisei 30 graduates of Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages (HCFL). It struck me as I watched the formal Graduation Ceremony that these are the last students to graduate during the Heisei Era (平成時代) as the current emperor will abdicate [Read more…]

Opening moves of the Jobava London system.

The Pub Chess Bluffer Unleashes(?) The Jobava London…

February 28, 2019 David Hurley 0

Last Wednesday I “unleashed” a surprise attack against my regular chess partner, Dr. M, by deploying the Jobava London system, after watching the first of Simon Williams’ YouTube videos on the topic. Simon is an erstwhile quaffing partner of mine. We met during the British Chess Championships in Llandudno in [Read more…]

Remembering Henchard’s Act of Violence…

February 14, 2019 David Hurley 0

Back in June 1981 I was revising for my English Literature and Communications A-Levels. One of the books we’d been studying was The Mayor of Casterbridge and one of the quotations I learned by heart back then has stuck with me ever since. The quotation is: Henchard’s act of violence [Read more…]