On and off, I have been keeping a diary since 1965. More often In the last seven years. On a daily basis in recent years. I do it mainly in the morning. As soon as I wake up in the morning, usually at about six, I make my coffee and sit down to write my diary. It has become almost like an addiction for me.

My diary is absolutely secret. Nobody is ever allowed to read it. Apart from the time of writing, I lock it in a suitcase with a combination lock. Many of the things I write about other people (and even  about myself) are negative, embarrassing, offending. I want to be absolutely free to express my psyche and intellect if such a thing is possible. Essentially, I have probably written more negative things than positive.