I wrote this article a few years ago and I reproduce it for my 50th Birthday.
Ithaca is the island in Greece that Odysseus had so much trouble returning to in Homer’s Odyssey. On his way he survives run ins with the Cicones, Polyphemus (Cyclops to you), Circe, the Sirens, Scylla, the winds of Aeolus, the Laestrygonians, Zeus, Poseidon and Calypso.
A rough trot, and when he finally gets there no-one recognizes him, everyone’s cracking onto his wife, she won’t have him back and he has to kill everyone. Hardly a great homecoming. In fact you wonder why he bothered coming back at all.
Thankfully a Greek called Constantine...Continue Reading