17. The scarier the world becomes, the more important it is to focus on the correct use of “less” and “fewer”.

Sixty things I’ve learned since turning 60 | Life and style | The Guardian Sixty things I’ve learned since turning 60 It’s a landmark birthday, the perfect time to take stock of one’s life so far. So what has The Thick Of It writer Ian Martin discovered now he has entered his seventh decade? I’m […]

The Leisure Society – Queen Elizabeth Hall – 25 April 2013

I’m shamefully new to The Leisure Society, having only really got into them towards the end of last year after hearing ‘Last of the Melting Snow’ played on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show. I’d heard the song before but hadn’t really properly paid attention. I don’t mean that I didn’t listen to the song […]

Being boring

Still ill, hence lack of proper blogging recently. I suppose I could just let myself off the daily blogging thing until I get better but, well, I don’t know, I stupidly want to put something up every day, even if it’s a ‘cheat’ post like a link post. Also, I suppose I want to be […]

Angry Sub-Editor: Corporate clichés: “Dedicated to mediocrity”

Angry Sub-Editor: Corporate clichés: “Dedicated to mediocrity” Chances are, unless you work in marketing, your only experience of Nunwood will be its surveys. Their wording displays such a degree of sloppiness and imprecision that one would think it was deliberate. The public’s “experience” is hardly one of “excellence”, unless “excellence” has come to mean “carelessness […]


I’m still ill. Good job I didn’t sign up to run today’s London Marathon, although even when completely free of illness I doubt it’d have been a good idea to run it. Speaking of marathons, Marina Hyde’s column in the Guardian – Why the Boston terrorist plot is the least successful in living memory – […]