FARMER BENNETT (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Old Farmer Bennett followed these Upon his big-boned savage black Whose mule-teeth yellowed to bite back Whatever came within his reach. Old Bennett sat him like a leech. The grim old rider seemed to be As hard about the mouth as he. The beaters nudged each other’s ribs With “There he goes, his bloody Nibs….

THE MAGIC BUNDLE (The Indian Fairy Book, 1869) BY CORNELIUS MATHEWS

A poor man, called Iena, or the Wanderer, was in the habit of roaming about from place to place, forlorn, without relations, and almost helpless. He had often wished for a companion to share his solitude; but who would think of joining their fortunes with those of a poor wanderer, who had no shelter but…

Top 5 Tales about seeking Immortality and Immortal beings

The idea for this Top list came when I read about a Startup that wants to upload people’s mind to the cloud. A lethal procedure with an uncertain outcome (read more about Nectome on The Guardian and Business Insider). They are, however, not the only ones and by far not the first ones to dream of immortality….

The Death Card by Helene Munson (2019)

The death card appeared again and again. The Tarot spreads were inauspicious. But I was determined to go on my epic African adventure, overland from Nairobi to Cape Town. Months of planning and saving had gone into it.  I had found a Maasai village homestay, paid a deposit for a room at a family home…

“JILL AND JOAN” (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Two bright young women, nothing meek, Rode up on bicycles and propped Their wheels in such wise that they dropped To bring the parson’s son to aid. Their cycling suits were tailor-made, Smart, mannish, pert, but feminine. The colour and the zest of wine Were in their presence and their bearing; Like spring, they brought…

THE PARSON (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

And with him came the stock which grew him— The parson and his sporting wife, She was a stout one, full of life With red, quick, kindly, manly face. She held the knave, queen, king, and ace In every hand she played with men. She was no sister to the hen, But fierce and minded…