If you go looking for a problem you’ll find one
I was listening to “In Our Time”, my favourite go-to Podcast. On the panel with Melvyn Bragg were a trio of experts: two male, one female. As the discussion progressed I started to think one of the male panelists was quite the misogynist. He was interrupting his female peer, paraphrasing her points and countering her […]
Why do we need the approval of strangers?
Why do we crave validation from people we do not know and become so upset when they do not provide it? With endless postings of selfies and tweets that include such banality we constantly demand other people’s attention. But when it isn’t forthcoming we become agitated and somehow our sense of self worth declines. The […]
I used to photograph unsigned bands
A decade ago I photographed unsigned bands. It was a simple arrangement: in return for a couple of hours of their time I’d shoot a bunch of photos and work up about a dozen to use as they wanted. No money was changing hands and the only rule was they had to be unsigned. I […]
WordPress Gutenberg is a step backwards for long standing blogs
For the past few weeks I’ve been playing with Gutenberg on a test platform I built on my Mac. I figured it would be a low risk way of trying out the latest iteration of the ever popular site management software. To be blunt, I’m disappointed enough to start thinking about migrating away. Much is […]
Does the iPad Pro cut it as a laptop replacement?
Apple makes a big play in their advertising how “your next computer will be an iPad”. They point to all the funky things you can do with it (Apple Pencil sold separately), how it syncs to the cloud and you can get the Office suite for it. For the past couple of months I’ve been […]
Deciding whether to press “Go”
Looking at the budgets and projections I made for next year has been an interesting exercise. My budgets were always on the conservative side, giving me more wiggle room than I might have required. With a lot of uncertainty about the move overseas now gone, I’ve started to mull over whether to press the “live” […]
Leaving an old friend behind
Five and a bit years ago I walked into a Victorian terraced cottage in Gammons Lane, Watford. It was being rented out and the current tenant was sat on the sofa playing xbox games and completely oblivious to this random person walking round. The rooms were cluttered, the garden a mess, the bathroom had mould. […]
Is it really an affordable mortgage?
Two ladies were chatting on the table next to me in Costa. The summary of their conversation was one had managed to secure a mortgage on a flat. She was excited (as you would be) but as the conversation unfurled it was revealed she and her partner were “only just” able to afford to repayments […]
Finally I bought an Apple MacBook Pro
When the latest iteration of the MacBook Pro emerged, I was underwhelmed. It didn’t offer what I wanted from a high end Mac laptop. The biggest omission was the lack of a touch screen and for the money they were asking I would not be rushing out to buy one soon. After all, my five-year-old […]
I would’ve employed a couple of people. Now I’ll employ none
A year and a half ago I wrote a piece for my blog about how I’d decided not to grow my business. The thrust of this unpublished masterpiece was the current uncertainty around Brexit, our future relationship with the EU and where some of my key markets would end up made it unwise to take […]
I feel sorry for Miriam
On my morning commute I was listening to two “men in suits” talking. Their conversation wasn’t particularly interesting until they turned to their proposed cost cutting exercises. Apparently “Miriam” is going to be managed out because of her sickness record. Please remember trains are not appropriate for private discussions.
Daihatsu Copen – my Japanese Dream Car
European car manufacturers have grown their cars into monsters. The original Golf was a small, fun hatchback that has grown over the years into something substantially larger. Added safety and comfort has led to “small hatchbacks” that are as large as family saloons from twenty years ago. Heavier, larger cars are more difficult to park, […]