The Wand


The Wand Social Magazine

The reason I feel like creating the Wand is reminiscent of what Jude says about the Festival Hall which was created in 1951 as part of a Festival atmosphere dedicated to the idea of the 'People's Imagination'. 'Folk' in English refers to English music while <Volk> and the Volkswagen in German have had a similar appeal. It has a ring about it, that was used in fascist ways, but it could be employed as a way of trying out alternatives to show what we have in common.



On the last Saturday of February, Winston Small got together poets, like David Jay, as well as singers like Xei Artist, Alice Powell, and others with a following of their own, at Kilburn, creating hours of superbly organised entertainment

" Was I Merlin?" Of 'Merlinhedd'

I wish to also follow the links to Arthurian legend and the original Goa Trance scene that began in the Nineties with Mark Maurice, now the subject of a film "Whatever happened to Willy Wisp",which has been seen at festivals.


As a documentarist Rupert followed closely the beginnings of the Trance/Techno scene through a video fanzine Intersound. He also struck a long term relationship with Portobello showing"Legendary London"resulting in a following from activists including poets, as in "Voices of Albion" and the "Voice of King's Cross", although his more serious leanings have led him to write books.


At the same time I am developing a book "Fifty Peace Prizes",exploring and expanding on themes of people who work together in community for peace as well as in search of alternatives to mainstream economic catastrophe

Rupert's "The Lay of the Last Minstrel", described by Melvynn Bragg as 'fascinating stuff" in which he comes across as the incarnation of Arthur and Walter Scott, is a book of such depth that it was hailed by Druidnetwork and I wrote Gwyneth Paltrow, enthusing to about it. If I can play a literary Merlin by including all these hidden threads along with dhukobors, Mary Eng, who Julian Assange misses at his own cost, inspite of smilingly admiring her when I talked to him of her, in her presence, in my "Fifty Peace Prizes", I will feel satisfied by my efforts to display various perspectives and so make a small difference in our times.

I am writing later to qualify mentioning Gwyneth. I feel most celebrity is a sort of masochism, because the attention is so unpleasant, which makes all the public sadists logically. So when people are famous they feel the need to hide, by avoiding attention. A classic example is Helena Bonham Carter whom I played tennis with when we were teenagers. She even let me try directing her in 'Under Milk Wood', but then took on some t.v work. I kept in touch for some years, but on the phone she moaned "O fame is awful". What seemed strange is nothing had so delighted her as the desire for fame. Her father had a stroke and she had a breakdown and then she was in 'Room with A View' where I visited her on set, from Perugia were I was, in Florence.

Much as I lose my temper with people who desire fame and even avoided her teenage passes and advances, I cannot help wondering whether abuse is not at the heart of desire and subjectivity. Virginia Woolf describes how 'we all wish to be alone', a sentence I read abstractly as a student picking up books at a stall in Edinburgh, but always remembered faithfully.


She and her sister Vanessa were abused. Then Vanessa had a daughter Angelica, who wrote a classic about Bloomsbury in which she rejects the fame and status of her family, 'Deceived by Kindess'. Her daughter whom I call the 'new Bloomsbury girl' Henrietta who I am proud to call a friend is author as I stated on 'Wand1' of 'Family Skeletons' a masterpiece (mistresspiece?) which describes the life of a girl, growing up in a magical place, but isolated from the world as one might well imagine she was. She also authored a study which feels like she is drawing a map. "Anny Thackeray Ritchie" a sort of map one senses of her family too, as Anny's sister Minny was happily married to Lesley Stephens who after her death fathered Virginia and Vanessa. The abuse of being famous is at least pruned back by finding out one's roots

Peter Jonas, artist

Here is a picture I took of Peter Jonas when he invited me to dinner. His paintings on the wall.

Here are Rupert Frazer and Michelle Greenidge, on the day of filming for Sina and Peter's production 'The Call'

It was touching to see such a renown actor as Rupert Frazer, reaching out to the cast and crew on a day that saw them shooting over twenty hours.

Intersound photos from Merlinhedd a youtube channel with an expanding, active international


How is it possible that a youth oriented Goa scene that came to London via Berlin from India has been misled by imposters, making a buck out of drugs? Can disaffection lead to genuine action? What really makes me angry is the young people who have no vision beyond following it blindly

A project "Fity Peace Prizes" is being developed as a book of stories

The more famous Helena Bonham C became the more serious and the more she seems to suffer. Yet she has not given up. Beware you get what you want.


As my father was a director who introduced The Ginger Man at the Royal Court and our home had furniture, oversized gilded mirrors and old tinted photographs, all from plays, I could not understand why anyone was interested in theatre. My dad brought home Sean Connery who would give me a kiss on the forehead, call my mum princess; our neighbours' little boy said: "James Bond just visited our house", while I was given his son Jason's rocker. I suppose he was one of the most famous actors in the world. The interesting thing for me is that Gwyneth Paltrow is renown also for not being an actress,writing a 'goop' site about how to live, making cook books about healthy eating. I know she also supports a charity in the Uk that provides loans to the poor. She lost her father which must have been awful as she is often taunted by the media for crying at the Oscars, yet everyone who has a little research knowledge must know that both her uncle and father were dying of cancer at the time.


Both 'Fifty Peace Prizes' and my play 'Big Sister' draw on abuse of women.The later looks at how homeless women fare. As well as Mary Eng(who I wrote about on Shortbread Stories 'Mary Rose Tudor Ship'when she gutsily visited Occupy from Oregon.) I think the life of Nell Gwynn is worth investigating as a comparison. She grew up in a highly abusive atmosphere. Like Gwenivier, perhaps, the subject of stories that may just be hollow gossip, as a woman. Nell became an acrobat and was met on a boat then by Charles II. She became one of the first celebrities, even having dolls she sold with different costumes. The most interesting costume is one outfit she manufactured of a nun,as was recently shown on a BBC t. v series. What would someone who grew up in a brothel most wish? To be seen as pure. Perhaps like Gwenivier who is blamed for wars, but only in Malory's story, that was written about five or six centuries later.

Maybe the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow also has such an interest in clothing,living healthily and attuned to nature is what makes me wonder if she and Nell Gwynn and Gwenivier have more in common than just a name.