“When it has once been written down, every discourse roams about everywhere,

reaching indiscriminately those with understanding no less than

those who have no business with it….”

Phaedrus 275e

Has this blog reached you indiscriminately?  Quite probably.  But if you’ve ever had an unfinished conversation, you should read on.

All the best conversations are unfinished, don’t you think?  They’re the ones that have sparked something in your mind, lit the ‘touch paper’, and you can’t stop thinking about them.

This blog is an attempt to re-kindle the unfinished thoughts I’ve had with some extraordinary people.

I often meet people who’ll say something outrageous, fertile or fascinating.  But then my time is up.  They move on, or I do.  And I’m left with that burning feeling that ignites in me when something very important is left unfinished.  You’ve had that, surely?  It can’t just be me.

In what follows, I don’t claim that I’m a very reliable witness, but there again, you’ve given me no assurances that you’re a reliable reader.  We’re both liable to distortions and misunderstandings.  So what?

All that matters is not to have let the spark go out.