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A poem about the future, written in the past, and relevant again in the present

The pubs are long closed The coffee’s been drunk And our friends have all gone home. In the quiet of my room After an evening’s false jollity I take off the Brave Face with cleansing cream And am once again alone. Maybe if I ignore it Ostrich-fashion The future Will simply Go away. Written when … Continue reading A poem about the future, written in the past, and relevant again in the present

If you never get rejected, you’re not taking enough risks, just always playing it safe

Rejection, whether it’s by someone in your personal life, or in your career, is always going to be painful. It combines so many horrible feelings, rolled up into one big, miserable one. Your hopes have been dashed, your future isn’t going to be the one you wanted. It’s a massive disappointment. And it’s also embarrassing, … Continue reading If you never get rejected, you’re not taking enough risks, just always playing it safe

Left in the dark – am I the the only one who finds ‘moody and atmospheric’ TV dramas and films just plain hard to watch?

Why do so many do it? TV dramas, films. Why do they film so much of it in a coal cellar at midnight, lit by a single match, to create a ‘moody and atmospheric’ air about it? What has actually kicked off this musing is watching the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey Jr … Continue reading Left in the dark – am I the the only one who finds ‘moody and atmospheric’ TV dramas and films just plain hard to watch?

Social networks losing their shine

Have to admit a sense of 'told you so' smugness at reading a news story that social networks are losing their shine. Pavel Durov, founder of the Russian version of Facebook is ditching all his ‘friends’, saying: "Everyone a person needs has long been on messengers. It's pointless and time-consuming to maintain increasingly obsolete friend … Continue reading Social networks losing their shine

Goldilocks and the Three Magistrates

Clerk to the court: “All rise please.” Everyone stands. Three people file in, take their places behind the main bench, sit. Clerk: “All sit.” Everyone else sits. Clerk: “The first case before your worships today involves a little girl who is only just over the age of criminal responsibility. Usher, can you please call in… … Continue reading Goldilocks and the Three Magistrates

It’s hard when anyone asks you about your childhood and you have to say: “I don’t know. I was a shrubbery.”

The story of Blodeuwedd is one of those that fits the Celtic theme of ‘women are strong people and key characters, but usually the cause of trouble/disaster’. Which is at least more interesting than sitting at home, knitting socks, while the men go off on quests and adventures and so on. The hero Lleu Llaw … Continue reading It’s hard when anyone asks you about your childhood and you have to say: “I don’t know. I was a shrubbery.”