This blog consists of extracts from a journal commenced in 1988. They are in more or less chronological order which should allow one to see how thoughts, ideas and attitudes have changed over time.From time to time no doubt you will encounter terms, references, names, etc. unknown to you. One of the delightful things about writing on the Internet is that I don’t have to foresee the needs of readers and provide detailed references and footnotes. If an explanation, or translation is required then Google and Wikipedia are just the click of a mouse away. Subsequent explorations can lead to the most surprising and illuminating serendipities.