Ryan Carson in No Managers: Why We Removed Bosses at Treehouse: What if we removed all management and simply empowered everyone to choose what they do every day? We laughed at first and then the conversation turned serious. We had hired talented and motivated people. Did they need managers? This is brilliant. Brilliant because it shows […]
I’m not the greatest Morrissey fan – not as a solo artist, I mean – but I do love him as an English eccentric, even if I don’t necessarily like what he says. (I hear he’s doesn’t think that much of me, either.) Nevertheless, I couldn’t stop myself buying the autobiography that came out a […]
P & I went to the Royal Albert Hall last night for ‘A Night for Jon Brookes’, a charity gig put on by The Charlatans in memory of their drummer who died recently of a brain tumour. The money raised last night will go to the Brain Tumour Charity. There was obviously some sadness […]
When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
I’m in the middle of a book that I think I should abandon but I can’t. I should abandon it because the quality of the writing is noticeably bad. Either it’s clichéd or, in trying to avoid cliché, it’s risible in its attempts to coin a new turn of phrase; the characters are badly drawn […]
Great video for Two Chords by Summer Camp. Love the melancholia in the song which is matched by the video (but you have to watch right to the end to get it). Melancholia’s something of a fetish of mine, I’ve realised. Must try and write about it someday.
I’ve been posting photos of A holding the cats in various uncomfortable positions on Facebook in an irregular series and it’s only just occurred to me that I really ought to put them up here. Here’s today’s beauty. A was holding him while standing at the door to wave goodbye to a friend. Poor stupidly […]
While I was writing about Sunday trading, I was reminded of something I wrote for Londonist about my perfect Sunday. I think everyone had to write about their own perfect Sundays – for whatever reason I can’t remember – but I can’t work out how to get the whole series for you. So for now, […]
Being a man of limited outlook and limited time, I had no idea until I read a comment is free piece in the Guardian today that France was currently debating its Sunday trading laws. Coincidentally, I had a conversation with friends from Belgium recently about Sunday trading and how I kind of miss the greyness […]
At the beginning of World War II, a government pamphlet led to a massive cull of British pets. As many as 750,000 British pets were killed in just one week. This little-discussed moment of panic is explored in a new book. via BBC News – The little-told story of the massive WWII pet cull.