A Sicilian Volcano

One of the most spectacular sites of Sicily is the Sicilian Volcano Mount Etna also known as Mama Etna, a beautiful mountain. It is also one of the most significant reasons for me coming to the island. Mount Etna Facts: It is one of the most active volcanos in Europe. It is one of the…

🎭 Plays, Performances and Politics 🎭

If you are looking for some culture and entertainment, you can’t go far wrong with Syracuse’s Greek amphitheatre and her plays. Based on the mainland, it’s set in the old bedrock, carved out by the Greeks who lived here two thousand years ago. The place has been regenerated from farmland into a modern outdoor theatre,…

Archimedes. Never bring a knife to a mathematician fight.

Archimedes, a man of Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily, Greece and Italy. Over the weeks I have been here, it is truly amazing as to how much History is embedded into the rock and architecture of the city and its surrounding outskirts. No matter how deep you dig and delve there is still more to find. This…

Never turn down Glaswegians offering you a free beer and food.

The sun sets, and orange and blue colours mix in the water as I sit pondering what am I to write about this week. When two Glaswegians sit down next to me, eating ice cream and conversation begins to flow on Sicilian food. My week has been one of culture. (I’m not debating the meaning…

Food, thought and Philosophy.

A gem of thought was uncovered to me this week. Last week I discussed some ideas of bravery or courage. I had signed up for some university style seminars on Plato and philosophy, which were to be hosted on the Island of Ortigia. http://www.fontearetusa.org (An island he had visited on 2 or 3 occasions.) I…

Fighting and fear.

This evening I’m writing from in front of a fountain on fighting and fear. Warning: Paracetamol and sun cream does not stop lava. I’ve been tempted by the idea of writing facing fears. I have been working on several books, and one is on warfare. Being here and working on it, as well as today…