Wrecked and Broke

Unseen in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing glove. —P. G WODEHOUSE, Very Good, Jeeves! I WRITE AN EMAIL to the co-ordinator of my university course at least once a month. It always comes out the same way: a friendly ‘Hi’ at the beginning, a casual ‘Cheers’ at the end, and … Continue reading Wrecked and Broke


Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. —DR. SEUSS, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!   I’M NOT ENTIRELY SURE about other people, but I usually spend most of my working hours in quiet alarm, feeling less like the captain of some great steam train traversing a continent (or at least a few prickly suburbs) and more … Continue reading Grit

The Travelling Insect.

I overheard a conversation between two guys earlier today. They were talking about travel and one said to the other with more than a paltry smack of boasting, “I’ve done Switzerland, three times!” Now, aside from the grammatical implications of speaking about a country as though it were a thing that could be completed – … Continue reading The Travelling Insect.

A Mature Hour

When I sit down to write I always come on too strong. Each time I am a virgin in bed with a beautiful woman—all elbows and clammy feet. I am too eager to please. Too concerned with how I look to her. Too bewildered that this time might mean something or everything. Too afraid that … Continue reading A Mature Hour


It’s almost Christmas, which for me, has typically meant a ratchet’ing up of my Grinch’ian persona, who although doesn’t try to steal Christmas, becomes particularly enraged by annual retail psychosis and consumer stuff-lust. Each and every December, my usually pleasant trips to the local shops become ghastly assaults on my person and senses where I subsequently play … Continue reading HUMBUG! AND OTHER CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

Russell Brand’s Revolutionary Road

Russell Brand’s recent fisticuffs interview with BBC politician-slayer Jeremy Paxman, in which he passionately pissed on current democratic systems while championing for some kind of socialist-leaning proletariat revolt, was received with standing applause from millions of people who although adept with GIFs, arguably possess a toast crumb of political nous and routinely demonstrate genuine desire … Continue reading Russell Brand’s Revolutionary Road