We have a local supermarket that we only visit in a food emergency. Do you have one like this? You don’t shop there regularly, as you get both better deals and better service elsewhere. This particular shop is a disgrace. It’s many years since I worked in the retail industry, but even what I learned […]

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The Road

“What’s the bravest thing you ever did? He spat in the road a bloody phlegm. Getting up this morning, he said.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road.  It’s odd to review a book that you’re actually in the process of reading, but I’m finding this one so compelling that I don’t want to wait. The Road, […]

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Katy Perry: Part of Me (seriously…)

Be yourself: everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde Seriously?! Seriously!? Are you seriously going to write a post about Katy Perry: Part of Me? Well, yes. If only to show that not all the films I watch are worthy of attention. Some clearly are utter dross. In one of those mad moments, I […]

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One for the road…

I love cycling, and I love social technology, so something that brings the two of these passions together for me is instantly going to grab my attention. A few months ago I was introduced to – for technological reasons, it’s taken me a while to get into it, but I can now say with certainty that […]

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First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak […]

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Boldness, genius, power and magic…

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now! – Goethe / John Anster (discuss!) You are standing at a crossroads in life. Behind you is the experience you have gained in all that you have done so far. To the left and […]

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Socially acceptable drug addiction

…one bottle of Valium, which I’ve already procured from my mother, who is, in her own domestic and socially acceptable way also a drug addict – Renton, Trainspotting Four months lost from work last year didn’t just give me issues with anxiety or crush my confidence – it also gave me a drug addiction which […]

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What’s your Christmas movie?

Leon the Snowman: Why the long face, Buddy? Buddy: It seems I’m not an elf. Leon the Snowman: Of course you’re not an elf. You’re six-foot-three and had a beard since you were fifteen. Everyone has their favourite Christmas movie. For some, it’s an integral part of their advent preparations sitting down to watch that […]

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They’re with us

On a regular basis I now pass underneath the Erskine Bridge, and it reminds me of a laugh we used to have at the toll booths whenever we drove over it years ago. It’s a really simple thing to do, but when you drive through a toll booth, simply pay double the fare and say […]

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The verge of success

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison In a society that seems to yearn for instant gratification, there is something wholesome in the opinion of Edison in relation to work. When media constantly bombards us with people that have achieved, it does us a great dis-service […]

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