Horatio Morpurgo

Horatio Morpurgo is a freelance journalist, essayist, and author of How Thomas Hardy Expressed His Doubt. a book on Weymouth's Olympic Road.Horatio ’s literary essays and his reportage on the environment and on Central / East European affairs have appeared in Three Monkeys Online and many other magazines and journals He studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh and now lives in the South West of England.

Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr Lazarescu

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

There was an advertisement for a mobile phone company before this film in the London cinema where I saw it. It presented a sequence of life-changing moments. A father stares from the screen and falteringly embarks upon a momentous confession, to a child ‘old enough to know now’. Or an actress, fixing the camera with […]

Sucidava

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Southern Romania. On the buses that carry you between the small towns along the bank of the Danube a curious arrangement is in operation. At each stop the driver passes up and down the aisle collecting new fares. He offers me a student fare, for example, and then knocks ten per cent off that. To […]

‘Keeping the Tempo': The Orange Revolution Remembered

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

There were exhibitions and a film I'd wanted to see passing through London so I'd ignored the newspapers all the previous day. It was only as we were boarding that I found out. Some passengers ahead of me in the queue were delaying everybody, helping themselves to three or four different newspapers at the entrance […]

Understanding Climate Change – or Why I should Fly Less

Monday, May 1st, 2006

“You never enjoy the world aright till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars” [Thomas Traherne (1637-75)] On a summer's day, two years ago, I was in a plane that was passing over the Alps. There was a thin layer of burnt jet-fuel […]

Samuel Butler, or Sociobiology for Grown-Ups

Monday, May 1st, 2006

“It were unwise to be sanguine and unphilosophical to despair” – John Playfair, 1814. In an essay of 1888, with the novels on which his reputation rests both completed, Samuel Butler reflected on how he might describe himself. “Philosophical writer” was the best fit, he concluded, even if any close reader of Butler will agree […]