Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products in Australia: Could it Happen in South Africa?

  Introduction   Today I was fortunate enough to attend an international seminar/keynote address held at the University of Cape Town on the aforementioned topic (see http://ip-unit.org/2013/plain-packaging-of-tobacco-products-could-it-happen-in-south-africa/). What follows is an outline of what I considered the most pertinent parts of the seminar, with a slight bit of opinion thrown in at the end. The…

Book Review: The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

  Background   Published in 1910, The Wendigo is, like The Willows, one of Algernon Blackwood’s seminal works. Inspired by a hunting expedition he took in the Canadian wilderness, Blackwood borrows the real-life legend on the Wendigo as the basis for this book. The Wendigo, according to the native Algonquian legend, is a cannibalistic spirit that…

Book Review: The Vampyre by John William Polidori

  Background   First published on 1 April 1819, this book predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by over 78 years. Whilst not nearly as well-known as Dracula, it is The Vampyre that holds the accolade of being the first vampire novel, and therefore laying the foundation for Stoker’s literary contribution. So concerned was Polidori with the…

Feminism in Classic Cinema

  The other day a friend and I were up talking throughout the night about random nothings (as you do with your friends), and I was asked a question that I thought would make an interesting blog post. I was asked what, if anything, do I think is the most misrepresented and misunderstood thing about…

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. `’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door – Only this,…

Welcome

Welcome to Broken Blossom, my blog. Before I can describe the content of this blog, I need to introduce myself. When I say that, I mean I shall introduce you to who I am, not what I am. As Steve Moore in ‘V for Vendetta’ says, ‘there is a face beneath this mask, but it…