It’s the 1st April today: beautiful sunshine, warm – it has been a long winter. I

I have been asked to design a book cover and characters for a fantasy novel. The subject, warfare and battles, set in a vaguely classical context.

Technologically we are so advanced, but our minds and imaginations are tiny and circumscribed by our social context.

Stephen Hawking suggests that we go and populate other worlds – having outgrown this one. Doesn’t that sum up something very wrong with so-called intelligent thinking?

The Syria crisis is appalling: we stand by and watch as a country is ruined and people annihilated – just as villagers living near the death camps turned a blind eye and a deaf ear. Afraid.