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 Oct 25, 1919 THE DEVIL THOSE who suffer from melancholy to such a degree that even to go to a music-hall seems a cheerful experience may easily find themselves one of these nights listening in the heart of London to a chorus in praise of the Devil. The chorus runs something like this: Give the […]


           May 13, 1922 IN DEFENCE “THE BEGGAR’S OPERA,” said Mr. Maurice Hewlett in the Times the other day, “is a decadent night’s entertainment, spiced for jaded appetites, like devilled bones after a revel.” It is strange how deeply one resents such a criticism. It is a criticism it might have […]


Nov 22, 1919 THE MORALS OF GAMBLING     IT is an unfortunate fact that the moralists almost always rush in to denounce the wrong thing, or—to put it less ambiguously—that they almost always denounce things on the wrong grounds. What innocent pleasure is there that they have not made war on in the past? They […]


Daily News (Perth) – 11 July 1923 QUEER CURES  Many people declare that the belief in magic has been reviving in the last few years. They even tell us that M. Coue’s quite commonsense formula for auto-suggestion is a return to the age of superstition. It would be nearer the truth to say that it […]

the poet laureate

Timaru Herald , Issue 171, 22 May 1920

COURAGE AT TABLE / robert lynd

The Daily News – 3 September 1926 COURAGE AT TABLE     Nearly every friend I have is notorious for eating too little. One man is afraid of soup. Another leaves the salmon untasted. A third regards potatoes as a poison. A fourth has been warned against tomatoes. Others dare not eat sweet things for fear […]


The Daily News – 26 December 1925 SHOULD CATS BE LICENSED? By ROBERT LYND The Edinburgh Town Council, it is said, is considering a proposal that all cats in the Edinburgh area should be licensed. It seems to me to be an inherently vicious proposal. It is vicious because it put a tax upon virtue. […]