Normal People?

AT LAST SOMEONE WHO AGREES WITH ME – EMILY HILL author of the short-story collection ‘Bad Romance,’ published by Unbound. DIOLCH EMILY.

The trouble with Normal People

The BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel was suicidally boring.

The Lonely Hunter?

The Lonely Hunter by Fiona McLeod

Green branches, green branches, I see you
        beckon; I follow!
Sweet is the place you guard, there in the
        rowan-tree hollow.
There he lies in the darkness, under the frail
        white flowers,
Heedless at last, in the silence, of these sweet
        midsummer hours.

But sweeter, it may be, the moss whereon he
        is sleeping now,
And sweeter the fragrant flowers that may
        crown his moon-white brow:
And sweeter the shady place deep in an Eden
Wherein he dreams I am with him – and,
        dreaming, whispers, “Follow!”

Green wind from the green-gold branches,
        what is the song you bring?
What are all songs for me, now, who no more
        care to sing?
Deep in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to
        me still,
But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on
        a lonely hill.

Green is that hill and lonely, set far in a
        shadowy place;
White is the hunter’s quarry, a lost-loved hu-
        man face:
O hunting heart, shall you find it, with arrow
        of failing breath,
Led o’er a green hill lonely by the shadowy
        hound of Death?

Green branches, green branches, you sing of
        a sorrow olden,
But now it is midsummer weather, earth-
        young, sun-ripe, golden:
Here I stand and I wait, here in the rowan-
        tree hollow,
But never a green leaf whispers, “Follow, oh,
        Follow, Follow!”

O never a green leaf whispers, where the
        green-gold branches swing:
O never a song I hear now, where one was
        wont to sing
Here in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to
        me still,
But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on
        a lonely hill.

Fiona Macleod (William Sharp) Paisley 1855 – Sicily 1905


Hagia Sophia on the 24 July 2020 A.D.

I had to smile to myself when I heard this just now on TV news – when a Turkish Muslim man standing outside Hagia Sophia, uttered these words …



Dedicated on 27 December 537AD as a basilica or cathedral church for Greek Orthodox Christians. Emperor Justinian declared: “My Lord, thank you for giving me the chance to create such a worshipping place.”

It became a different kind of ‘worshipping place’ in 1453 after the Ottoman Conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul), when it became a Grand Mosque.

I think the Muslim gentleman was referring to the event of 567 years ago and not the original Christian dedication of 360A.D, 1,660 years ago or the dedication of the current building to Sancta Sophia (Holy Wisdom) 1,483 years ago.

Sancta Sophia today – Christ Pantocrator (Almighty, All-powerful)
 Justinian, Christ, Mary and Constantinus

Blessings on all who continue worshipping on this site. May its Christian origin and history continue to be respected and honoured – a heritage that can never be covered-up, erased or denied.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand as Midlred

This blog is primarily about my films, my screenplay, the influences behind it and my efforts to get ‘The Fugitive Stag’ on the small or big screen – OK, sometimes a few other interests sneak in from time to time. Last night we both enjoyed an excellent black comedy, as above. An intriguing story, brilliant acting all round, great screenplay, producing and directing, by Martin Mc Donagh. Don’t know how we missed it when it came out in 2017. It was a great cast, with superb performances from Frances and Sam.

While traveling through the southern USA at thr end of the millennium, Mc Donagh came across a couple of accusatory billboards about an unsolved crime, which he described as “raging and painful and tragic” alleging the murder of a woman named Kathy Page by her husband Steve Page in Vidor, Texas. The billboards highlighted the incompetence of police work and deeply affected McDonagh; he said that the image “stayed in my mind […] kept gnawing at me” and presumed that they were put up by the victim’s mother. This incident, combined with his desire to create strong female characters, inspired him to write the story for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Wikipedia.

Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell‘s performances garnered widespread critical acclaim and earned them the Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 90% based on 387 reviews, and an average rating of 8.41/10 – On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film had a weighted average score of 88 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating “universal acclaim.

We both gave it 9/10.

Many poems have inspired the genesis of ‘The Fugitive Stag’ …



Greece has thrown       white shadows


their eyeballs with oblivion

A flock of stone


perched upon pedestals

A populace

of athlete lilies

of the galleries

swoop the facades of space

with spiral curves

of idol substance

in the silence

A colonnade

Apollo haunts Apollo

with the shade

of a lost hand

Kouros 6th century B.C.