The Master Of Lateral Thinking

Explosions are not comfortable.

-Yevgeny Zamyatin

Attention! Attention! Incendie à la raffinerie!”

The gendarmes’ talkie-walkies suddenly sprang into life and a crackly voice announced that a serious fire had broken out at the refinery. My heart in my mouth, I peered through the dirty window of my office in the direction of the refinery. A huge plume of thick black smoke hung like a harbinger of doom in the still air above it. Continue reading



I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
― Jorge Luis Borges

Reading has always been my passion. When I was a child, there was always a pile of books on the floor of my bedroom until, when it was in danger of toppling over, my father built a special bookshelf above my bed. My sister and I would borrow books on a regular basis from our local library— our trips there a weekly treat. Continue reading