They mug so elegantly, the financially literate

The three key psychological hacks financial fraudsters deploy. Not for them the glinting knife in some dark back alley. The tools of their trade are Savile Row suits and exclusive golf club membership.  As we saw in the case of Bernie Madoff. He defrauded thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars overContinue reading “They mug so elegantly, the financially literate”

Money: angels, demons and family

Hello my friends. Most of what I post on Twitter is about sunrises and sunsets and my periodic swims in the North Sea. I post things that raise my spirits because boy, do we will need it. But I have a day job, I’ve always had a day job. Once upon a time, in aContinue reading “Money: angels, demons and family”

The sinister ancestor of Halloween

What do we know of the Druids? The answer is not much. They were said to be illiterate though opinion is divided as to whether they could not write or chose not to. They were learned as well as warrior-like. They were magicians, priests, healers, seers, apothecaries of nature and they did not want theirContinue reading “The sinister ancestor of Halloween”

The inspiration of place

The inspiration of place can strike us anywhere. Wherever you are, it can inspire your creativity, whether it be in writing, painting, drawing, or in business and charitable opportunities too. I wasn’t always a writer. I started my career as an Investment Banker. Some might think that a place of numbers was not an inspiringContinue reading “The inspiration of place”

Lady Killers

Long a genre dominated by men, thrillers are increasingly being written by – and about – women. Novelist Linda Davies reports on four such page-turners. Many people become squeamish when women conjure evil, as if it might rub off on them. Yet more and more, women are writing thrillers that feature female protagonists: characters whoContinue reading “Lady Killers”

If Fiction comes true… Careful what you write

Written for The Aularian, The St Edmund Hall, Oxford alumni magazine, Spring 2009 Linda Davies I am familiar with the oft-quoted Confucian proverb: be careful what you wish for, the Gods might just grant it, but I had never thought that I would be able to amend it into a stricture of my own: beContinue reading “If Fiction comes true… Careful what you write”