BUILT-IN OBSOLESCENCE VS. BUILT-IN REDUNDANCY

When I was a boy if my father was ever in error or had a misadventure he would always somehow manage to give the impression that whatever it was hadn’t actually happened. This gave rise to the notion that my father was unerring, which he was, except he wasn’t. It’s just that I have absolutely … Continue reading BUILT-IN OBSOLESCENCE VS. BUILT-IN REDUNDANCY

AVERAGE, PENNILESS, MONOGAMOUS, MISANTHROPIST

It has been well documented that we gauge our own intelligence by the intelligence of our peer groups. You might well be under the impression that you are incredibly clever but that could simply be because those you associate with aren't. You might well be the smartest person you know, the smartest person in the room, but that … Continue reading AVERAGE, PENNILESS, MONOGAMOUS, MISANTHROPIST

BAD LANGUAGE AND HOW TO USE IT

I am packing suitcases so that Libby, the boys and I can take our reluctant leave of Cornwall. I am being observed by a visiting Australian brother-in-law who for no particular reason, starts to sing absently. ‘I’m not a pheasant plucker, I’m a pheasant plucker’s mate, I'm only plucking pheasants…’ ‘Cos the pleasant fucker's...’ ‘LATE!’ He … Continue reading BAD LANGUAGE AND HOW TO USE IT

THE SUN, THE PENDULUM AND THE ATOM

What exactly is the fun part of getting old? When does it start? The fun. I keep hearing or reading about people who extol the depletion process. Celebrities often. Actors usually. They speak about finding themselves with age, about how they have reached a greater understanding of life, how they have learned to appreciate every … Continue reading THE SUN, THE PENDULUM AND THE ATOM