A Second Language

The British, and by this I mean predominately the English, have traditionally had a reputation of being poor adopters of other languages. Now this is not, I think, because the English have an intellectual deficiency when it comes to the learning of other languages. Rather the English are somewhat too well served by the sheer... Continue Reading →


The Photocopier? Really?

When you tell some people that you’re doing a PhD certain things tend to happen. Firstly, there’s the intrigued “hum”, customarily accompanied by the head tilt, eyebrow raise, and head bob. This moment of curiosity is then usually proceeded by the “oh, so what are studying” question. Now at this point the conversation can go... Continue Reading →

Work Work Work

If I’m being honest I don’t enjoy my job. I don’t bound out of bed each morning, rush to the tube station, and stride to work ready to grasp what challenges it affords, acknowledging with a sense of purpose and satisfaction that work is good. Honestly, I find work a difficult, and I’m sure I’m... Continue Reading →

Go Sports Teams

We always seem to be in the midst of some sort of sporting event. When one ends another begins, or they overlap, or they just seem to go on endlessly in an uninterrupted cycle of sporting. As you may have guessed I am not someone who really enjoys the sports, or if I’m going to... Continue Reading →

The Best of Intentions

So, my intention to add something to this blog regularly has come undone and it turns out all it takes to stop me putting fingers to keyboard is a bout of stomach flu. Intentions are like that, in that moment, in that second when you decided to do something you are full of all the... Continue Reading →

I’ve Got a Theory

I have a theory about favourite films. Most people can tell you their favourite film, maybe not straightaway, maybe not with a strong sense of conviction, but with some thought most people will at least be able to narrow it down. Now, not unexpectedly that ‘favourite’ film is often a classic, an acting master class,... Continue Reading →

The Chance to Cook

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook. - Julia Child This last week or so I’ve had a stomach bug, and it wasn’t pleasant, sure it could have been worse, but even so I could have done without it. One of side effects of having a... Continue Reading →


Melancholy is the happiness of being sad. - Victor Hugo I am, at the time of writing this, sitting alone in my living room listening to some Miles Davis and feeling ever so slight melancholy. It would be hard to tell you why I’m feeling this way. It could be because I’ve just watched La... Continue Reading →

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