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It’s Only Words

September 30, 2010


Words are funny old things (I hope your weren’t expecting a more original opening sentence). I find that words have the ability to provoke the most inappropriate irrational response and I mean solely based on their own merits, nothing to do with the context in which they’re used. Maybe it’s just me but I despise […]

The Uniform

March 18, 2010


Saturday night. I’m in a pub with friends. The figure opposite me is adorned with The Uniform. Checked shirt, beard (optional), Buddy Holly/’Art house’ glasses. My companion writes plays for a living and I know that he is intelligent and rational, yet he appears obliviously comfortable in his ironic uniform. Before I go any further […]


February 3, 2010


It seems to me that as a generation we harbour a huge portion of people that are working in ‘unskilled’ or unspecialised jobs. A great deal of this number are intelligent, sometimes highly educated, people. It leads me to think about Buckminster Fuller and his thoughts on specialization and how, as others have mentioned before, […]

Content Downloading?

January 21, 2010


For me, the trouble with Spotify/downloading music/We7 etc is the flicking. Everybody ‘knows’ loads of new bands and can stand in the pub and ask ‘have you heard of such and such?’ but you don’t really get to know the music this way. I’m sure most people can still remember teenage days, when you bought […]

The Presence of Giants

January 15, 2010


We are all aware of the ever-increasing dominance of chain stores on our high streets, the ominously encroaching blandness. I recently went back to a town that for a long time I called home and there experienced the disappointment of seeing the rather harrowing sight of a familiar little independent shop having been replaced by […]