Poems by Robert Kyriakides

My Poems are now available on amazon kindle eBooks. I wrote them between 1967 and 2021. many of them were set to music composed by Chris Calcroft. I hope that you will enjoy them.


Tears Cannot Help us

I have tried to advertise Tears Cannot help Us on Amazon Kindle, but they rejected the advertisement because the book cover they said was non compliant to their policies. In fact they told me that the cover contains overly sexualised content.

This must have been a decision made by a computer and not a real human being, because the cover depicts statutes (in the classical Greek Style) of a man and a woman, which statues have been eroded by the elements and have had their noses broken off. In classical times many statues underwent a nose breaking off process. This was one of the earliest examples of iconoclasm. In the case of Greek statues the noses tended to wear away.

I have tried to appeal this decision by Amazon’s computer but the link to appeal that Amazon sent to me did not work. the appeal link was broken, like the noses on my statue.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/57439529-tears-cannot-help-us

Do you think this is overly sexualised content?

Journey Through Reality

A highly charged erotic fantasy set in a dystopian world, out now on Kindle.

Journey Through Reality

I will be publishing, under the pen name of Seth Harrigan, Journey Through Reality on 21 March on Amazon Kindle as an eBook. It is available as a pre-order now. It will go live on kindle on 21 March 2021.

It is an erotic satirical fantasy set in a dystopian world here things are not what they seem to be and where reality changes.

The cover illustration is by Richard Kyriakides.

This will be the first of a trilogy. The second, Journey Through Existence, will be available for pre order soon.

Tears Cannot Help us

Tears Cannot Help us, published under my pen name of Robert Blacklord, is a romance set in the second world war and is available on Kindle as an eBook. It is based on true events and real lives of my parents. This tale of hardship sacrifice spans 28 years set in Cyprus, Egypt, North Africa, Greece, Czechoslovakia and England. It is centred around the lives and struggles of two young people; Nick, a Cypriot who served in the British Army and Irca, his lover, who fought in the Czech Resistance as they help to defeat the German war effort and the the Nazi war machine (including Reinhard Heydrich) in the face of considerable hardship, sacrifice, and life threatening constant danger. It deals with their early lives in Cyprus and Czechoslovakia, their love of freedom and that of their families, and their unifying determination to help defeat a common enemy. That determination and common cause of freedom led to their love for each other and their willingness to risk their own lives for each other and for freedom.

Writing Books

I have written several thousand essays which appear on this platform. They are mostly concerned with the environment but I think I have already written as much about the environment as i can si I am turning my attention to writing books.

In 2003 “The Master Con Man was published. I have now expanded and revised the book and published it on Amazon Kindle as a eBook.

There will shortly be more to come.

First, “Tears cannot Help Us” will come out soon as a eBook. It is a romantic novel set before and during the Second World War, based on the true lives of my parents. I will use the pen name “Robert Blacklord” for this.

Next will come an erotic fantasy set in a dystopian world – “Journey Through Reality” and I will publish it under the pen name of Seth Harrigan. This will be the first of a trilogy.

Finally there will be a trilogy of legal fiction set in the 1980s set around a lawyer, Richard Lantern.

I hope that you will be interested in these books and I will announce them here as and when they are published.

The Master Con Man

I have revised and updated and expand the Master Con man and it is now exclusively on Amazon eBooks.

Experts and their Advice

We all have to rely on expert advice to some degree. However, all advice, even from the most eminent expert, needs to be taken as advice, and not as gospel truth.

Experts tend to be narrow specialists in their knowledge and outlook. They think that their expertise is the best solution becasue they have spent so long studying their field of expertise that they have not enough time to study other fields, and so their knowledge is limitec to their speciality.

Thus, if you are ill and go to a physician the physician will tend to advise what he or she knows – usually medication. If you then go to a surgeon, the surgeon will then advise what he or she knows – an operation. A physiotherapist will advise physiotherapy for the same condition. No single specialist has a monopoly on knowledge so it can be dangerous to rely on advice tendered by a specialist rather than by a generalist.

The present corona pandemic is a case in point. the government rightly sought to be led by experts in medicine and pandemics. In particular they seemed to have attached much weight to the calculations of Professor Ferguson as justification for the present lockdown.

Now it seems to me that present Ferguson did not really believe in his calculations. If he did believe in them he would not have met a friend on two occasions in breach of the lockdown regulations because to do so, by his own arithmetic, would have caused the virus to spread. In these circumstances I do not see why the government should rely on professor Ferguson’s expert advice any more, if the learned professor does not believe in his own advice sufficiently to adhere to it.

All expert advice and recommendations should be carefully scrutinised; like the parson’s egg it will be good in parts. It seems to me that some experts lack good old fashioned common sense and common sense, not expertise, is the pre-requisite for sound judgment which in turn should be the basis of all decision making.

Nature Thrives

In sunny early May in London the streets are pretty empty and there is little traffic noise. It is as though central London has paused. Most Londoners are hiding in their homes too frightened of catching COVID-19 to leave the safety of their surroundings. It has been six weeks now and the lockdown has been applied throughout these islands, even in places which have had no signs of the dreaded disease taking hold.

As a result of the emptiness of London, nature, which abhors a vacuum, has found that in these conditions birds and animals thrive, insects thrive.

Governments, who found it easy to create a lockdown now face a much harder task of deciding when and how to end it. It is going to be very difficult to end the lockdown because governments in many countries have so effectively scared the people. It was easy to get public support for the lockdown – “you are in danger because of this problem” was the message. I expect that most people will not willingly accept the end of the lockdown until the message becomes “you are no longer in danger we have solved the problem”.

a vixen with her cubs

In the meantime our native animals, apparently unaffected by the corona-virus, enjoy safety and freedom from intrusive humanity which they have not enjoyed for centuries.

Journalism and the Corona Virus

It is really difficult to find out exactly what is going on with the corona virus pandemic. I always hope that journalists are able to tell us what is actually happening, and what has happened around the world; that, after all, is what news is about. Unfortunately, journalists concentrate on asking ministers and officials to make predictions and speculate about the future, and having found out (rightly so) that no predictions are possible in the present circumstances, the journalists make predictions and speculations themselves, often by interviewing other journalists.

This is not news; this mere lazy prophecy, a pointless and an annoying undertaking when passed off as news by those too full of self-importance to make proper enquiries.  It ill serves the populace.

One journalist, Mr Robert Peston, suggested at a recent briefing that Public Health England was dragging its feet in approving a new antibody test at one of these briefings. The question implied that PHE was dragging its feet, and denials that it was not dragging its feet simply allow the libel to be repeated. Mr Peston should know better. The antibody test has to be carefully and properly tested to make sure it is fit for its intended purpose. I would imagine that those testing the antibody test are working much harder and much longer hours and for much less pay than Mr Peston.

What should be investigated by journalists instead of wasting ministers and officials’ time asking by foolish questions at daily briefings? At the time of writing, China claims that only 3,335 people have died as a result of corona virus cases. Perhaps this figure is worth investigating, especially when the UK has recorded 7,097 deaths.