To lessen my depression I spend session after session in the decadent digression of a dream…

The first day of the final test of the home Ashes series of 2013 seems like a good excuse to post this lovely ELO-ish number from the Duckworth Lewis Method. It’s as brilliant lyrically as it is musically. Listen out for the rhyming of ‘film’ with ‘killing’ and ‘villain’ (only an Irishman could get away […]

The implications I mistook until I found out whose side you took, and now with paper in my hand I’m beginning to understand…

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, writes about David Miranda, schedule 7 and the danger that all reporters now face: On Sunday morning David Miranda, the partner of Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, was detained as he was passing through Heathrow airport on his way back to Rio de Janeiro, where the couple live. Greenwald is the […]

I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast, but I’m intercontinental when I eat french toast…

It’s fair to say that when it comes to work-life balance, I’m much more focused on life than work. That doesn’t mean I think everyone should be like me – the economy would grind to half if that happened – but I derive my sense of how well life is going from, well, my life. […]

News about nothing!

I used to (still do, to some extent) spend far too much of my professional life deleting exclamation marks from copy that had been inserted by overexcitable marketing copywriters. Candidate for most disappointing exclamation mark ever, though, has to be the exclamation mark in the subject line of the email from the National Lottery, proclaiming […]

Who’s the underappreciated-person-with-the-impossible-job-of-keeping-two-teams-of-blinkered-and-biased-footballers-happy in the black?

Played my first football game of the pre-season today and, although a bit rusty, felt pretty fit and with the pace of the game. Of course, it helped that it was both teams’ first game, so it was played at pre-season face, but in contrast to last season, I’m feeling that I’m approaching the season […]

Fast diet, day 1

So, more than three weeks after announcing that I was going to try the Fast Diet, I’ve finally started it. Today was the first fast day and, well, it was both easier and more difficult than I expected. My intention was to have a small breakfast, skip lunch, then have a small dinner. This is […]