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…

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…