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CHRISTMAS IN THE DOGHOUSE

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

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Following on from Reservations in Orange and Green, this work, also dating from 2013, is divisible into 24 numbered sections all but one of which, namely the last, is of a largely aphoristic character suitable to the continuation of my philosophy (Social Transcendentalism) into new realms of metaphysical speculation and, indeed, logic, with one or two modifications of previous theories supplementing what is largely original new material, including, for the sake of variety, some poetic fancies and not a little autobiography of both a personal and circumstantial nature. The 'literature' alluded to above has less to do with this, however, than with the short story that rounds off the project, and does so with reference to the title chosen for the work as a whole but particularly relevant to what is a story based in fact that happened several decades ago while I was still a boy. Memory does not, of course, permit of anything approaching an exact transcription of the circumstances that existed at that time, nor would that be desirable from a literary and, in this instance, partly fictional point-of-view. But the notion of Christmas being spent in the proverbial 'doghouse' has specific reference to this chapter or section, and one should not infer any connotation with kennels or dogs. – John O’Loughlin.

 

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John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split partly due to his mother's Aldershot origins (her father, a Presbyterian from Donegal, had served in the British Army), he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with her daughter after a lengthy marital absence from Athenry) in the mid-50s and, having had the benefit of private tuition from a Catholic priest, subsequently attended St. Joseph's and St. George's RC schools in Aldershot, Hants, and, with an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother upon the death and repatriation of his grandmother, he went on to attend first Barrow Hedges Primary School in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, and then Carshalton High School for Boys in Sutton, where he ultimately became a sixth-form prefect. Upon leaving high school in pre-GCSE era 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved up to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, one of which was at Ivor Mairants Music Centre on Rathbone Place, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where, with some prior experience himself of having sat and passed (with merit) an ABRSM Gd.4 piano exam, he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues throughout the British Isles. After a brief flirtation with English and History A Levels at Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, where he was then living, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of personal factors, not the least of which had to do with the depressing consequences of an enforced return to north London, he left the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer and office-skills tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late '80s and early '90s, during which time he added some computer-related NVQs to his other qualifications, he has steadfastly continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), Cross-Purposes (1979), Logan's Influence (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and False Pretences (1982). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has dedicated himself almost exclusively to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has penned more than seventy titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2) Maximum Truth (1993), The Soul of Being (1998), Point Omega Point (2002), The Dialectics of Synthetic Attraction (2004), The Centre of Truth (2009), Musings of a Superfluous Man (2011) and, more recently, Atoms and Pseudo-Atoms (2014), The Black Notebooks (2015), and Black Sabbaticals (2015). John O'Loughlin is a life-long bachelor who has lived at various addresses in the north London borough of Haringey since 1974, the year he moved from Merstham, Surrey.

 

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