Welcome to my Blog

A world of wise storytelling

Why are there so many people in the world who feel like they have axes to grind? I’m thinking of those who are motivated to take direct action of any sort that is aimed at disrupting the steady flow of day to day existence for others. Does this tendency have anything...

read more

The disappearing ideas stores

Now that the pleasure of browsing through vinyl recordings and CDs in record stores is almost irretrievably a thing of the past, the closest I can get to the joy of discovering new cultural artefacts is in bookshops. Sadly, specialist bookshops seem to closing down...

read more

Mentors and mentees in the smartphone era

I’m grateful to the smartphone designers who made text messaging more straightforward than it used to be in earlier times. When I bought my first mobile phone (a Nokia, I vaguely recall), I had to take a crash course in text messaging from a teenager in Littlehampton...

read more

Can we standardise the chill pill?

“Human beings have a need to standardise and categorise things” – this I was told by a fellow artist once. I can see the need for descriptive language and terminology, because it makes things easier for sellers and buyers in particular. Are categories only used in the...

read more

Facial fortunes

There is a Black American rock’n’roll star of the 1950s vintage who has always impressed me with his ageless facial appearance. It never crossed my mind that he might have been “getting work done” to maintain his ever youthful visage, until someone mentioned this to...

read more

The Golden Rule in practice

“The lights are on, but no one seems to be in”. I’ve heard this saying several times, when people have discussed issues pertaining to mental health. Maintaining long term robust health on all fronts seems to be a miraculous feat that can only be attained by a lucky...

read more