The John Milton Christmas Special

Excerpts with Milton’s sex scenes.

How do you make John Milton, whose 400th anniversary fell this week, palatable to our lazy and cynical modern taste? I just had a go for a weekly radio programme put on by the local English-language amateur dramatic society. Don’t ask about Internet radio; the station is so marginal and has such poor equipment I sometimes wonder whether we are actually on the air, let alone reaching an audience. Today I turned doubt into certitude by not showing up.

My script is however salvaged here. Naturally it starts with Milton’s two sex scenes from Paradise Lost. Why two? I try to explain.

But I’ve no idea why the Ancient Greeks thought kingfishers (halycons) nested on the sea.

Author: James Wimberley

James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu Mendonça. The cat overlords are now three. I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naïf questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia. James Wimberley's occasional publications on the web