Author Archives: Michael House

Michael House was born, of rural, peasant stock, in Somerset, England. He read law at Exeter College, Oxford and was elected President of the Oxford Union. In 1974, along with five colleagues, House started up a set of barristers' chambers in three little rooms in Lincoln's Inn, London, specializing in human rights and in representing the poor and dispossessed. The set now comprises 170 members and occupies a 17th-century building that was home to the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated (Spencer Perceval, 1812). In 1987, depressed by Mrs. Thatcher's third election victory, House fled to Greece for three years, where he was published in The Athenian and The Southeastern Review. He also there met his archaeologist wife, Diane. The pair returned to England in 1990 after a half-year, round-the-world trip, and settled in London and Northamptonshire. Since then, by way of escape from humdrum criminality, House has traveled in Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Morocco, Syria, Jordon, Libya, Mongolia, Kashmir, and Sri Lanka, where only the stout walls of Galle Fort saved him and his spouse from being swept away by the tsunami. House returns to Greece, his second home, almost every year. He has written for, inter alia, History Today, the Universities Quarterly, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Rough Guide to Greece and www.greecetraveler.com. House practices criminal defense law from Garden Court Chambers, Lincoln's Inn Fields, in London, and hopes that if he keeps on practicing, he may eventually get the hang of it. His yet unachieved ambitions are: to farm alpacas; see Tibet liberated from the Chinese jackboot; and live to see Britain a socialist republic.

Iraklia Diary (Best of WH)

“Someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to make Iraklia walker-friendly. I set off to climb the island’s peak, Mount Papas (420 meters, or 1386 feet). If that doesn’t sound high, try it. I keep on the main street through the village, ignoring signs for Profitis Ilias, the famous caves (see below) and […]

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Voyage to Cycladic Donoussa

“Donoussa had no roads until the 1950s. The Greek state gave the island funds to join the port at Stavros with the island’s two other main communities—Mersini on the south-east coast and Kalotaritissa in the far north. The workmen were paid 14 drachmas a day. The work was completed in 1955. Mersini is a delightful […]

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International Truth Day (Best of “Hubris”)

  The Polemicist By Michael House LONDON England—(Weekly Hubris)—December 19, 2016—Not one of my readers in 20 (assuming I have 20) will know about the wonderful UK radio comedy show of the 1960’s and 70’s, Round the Horne. Four very funny men and one very funny woman produced skits and sketches years ahead of their […]

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Front-Page News in the UK: Bad to Worse

“The atrocities of March served to take off our front pages here in the UK headlines from the worst week Prime Minister David Cameron has had since he took office. Things had got so bad that Labour leader Jeremy Corbin, Britain’s Bernie Sanders, actually moved ahead in the polls, despite the daily bombardment of lies […]

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F*#k The Plebs: Let’s Party!

“’F*#K The Plebs: Let’s Party!’ should be the next election slogan for the Conservative Party in Britain, whether under Dickensian villain George Osborne or Boris the Buffoon Johnson, pig-poker David Cameron having signified that he will not fight another election.”—By Michael House Polemicist on Holiday By Michael House, FRGS KINGS SUTTON England—(Weekly Hubris)—10/19/2015— “F*#k The […]

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Kashmir: Magic in Two Movements

“During those three weeks, I: met two kings and dined in their palaces; spent the night in one palace; watched a devil-dance in a Buddhist monastery; paid $100 for a beautiful made-to-measure suit which was ready in 36 hours; watched two marmots fighting on a bleak hillside in Zanskar; ate a picnic lunch under a […]

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Iraklia Diary

Polemicist on Holiday By Michael House, FRGS Michael House, recently named a Fellow of The Royal Geographic Society, characterizes himself as “a criminal defence barrister, traveler and travel writer who lived in Greece for three years in the 1980s, and has never fallen out of love with the country.” His major expeditions comprise trekking in […]

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End Another Pointless War: On Drugs

The Polemicist by Michael House, FRGS Prohibition didn’t work with alcohol and it’s not working with drugs.” KINGS SUTTON England—(Weekly Hubris)—3/19/12—A brave and wise senior police officer has called for the decriminalization of all illicit narcotics and an end to the UK’s failed “war on drugs.” Richard Brunstrom, the Chief Constable of North Wales, made […]

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A Town like Addis, Xmas Without Xmas & Other Ethiopian Adventures, Part 3

The Polemicist by Michael House, FRGS KINGS SUTTON England—(Weekly Hubris)—2/19/12— Day 8, 25th December, continued. In the evening, after a 360 kilometre drive, we arrived at the Mountain View Hotel, Lalibela. At 8,745 feet, it has majestic views over a wide and deep river valley. The four-story structure is recessed from the bottom to the […]

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A Town like Addis, Xmas Without Xmas & Other Ethiopian Adventures, Part 2

The Polemicist by Michael House. “Etiope . . . hathe a riche contrey. In it be many trees aromatikes and many mynes of fyne gold, and the people of this contrey be so riche that ther be many marchantes housys covered with golde as we do here cover our houses with leade, and that thei […]

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