Started off like the rest of them, with the best of intentions. A few of us would meet around our place, we'd crack open a few bottles, eye up a few lines, hunt out the vinyl, call a few mates and fritter away our hours reminiscing where we were when we first heard Satellite of … Continue reading A Waiting Story: the post Lou Reed party.
There was a documentary last night about the Japanese tsunami of 2011. Several people had filmed the event and the programme intercut their footage with interviews from still shocked bystanders and a narrators sober commentary. There was plenty to sober about: how the power of the water just swept everything aside without any resistance whatsoever … Continue reading Homage to the man who shut the car door behind him.
Imagine the scene. It’s 1930. The German port of Stettin on the Baltic. The docks once heaving with international trade and traffic have an air of desolation. You can see the idle grain silos, the cranes waiting in vain like herons for their next catch from the sea, a few tankers float un-easily on the … Continue reading Charlotte Margarette Elisabeth Louise Aitken Née Petri: Rage Against the Dying of the Light
The last time I saw you was at the retirement home in Stafford. We had gone up stairs to your room to prepare to go out for what you used to call ‘a swift pint’ – although the concepts of ‘swift’ and ‘pint’ were often awkward companions in your sentences and never sat happily together. … Continue reading Richard York Owen: Deal or No Deal?
It's weird when you hear out of the blue about friends who have recently died but whose profiles are still on Facebook. Not quite believing your ears, you check out their latest postings and on their timeline they look as lively and as connected and engaged as the last time you saw them. But now … Continue reading How do social networks deal with the death of their users?
We're regularly reminded in the popular press failure rates of new businesses: 40% of start ups fail in the first year of trading; 70% fail within 10 years; and no doubt there are some figures somewhere which show that an unacceptable 99% of businesses don't make it to their 100 years anniversary. Shame on them: … Continue reading Tips for Business Start Ups: immortality ain’t what it’s cracked up to be
From the daughter who whispered against her parents, To the mother who refused to lie on her own unmade bed; From the son who kicked against the traces, To the father who artificially heightened his own sperm count; Rejoice, for you are all the enemy within. From the milkman who pissed in the orange juice, … Continue reading Poetry on the Hoof: The Enemy Within. Rejoice!
So, Liverpool's MSF has finally been axed in an torrent of righteous civic reasoning: its cost, its burden on the rate payer, the fact that it didn’t give Liverpool good marketing head, the dire quality of its lookalikee, soundalottee-like the Beatles bands and the staple rhetorical ingredient that has everyone nodding vigorously: the plethora of … Continue reading Farewell then, the Matthew Street Festival: you will not be missed it seems…
Waiting for the next big call can be a mundane experience with the minimum of drama, pathos or tragedy. It can include being hit by a firework which has been fired along your street; a piano falling on your head from a first floor flat; or your offices being blown up in a gas explosion. … Continue reading A Waiting Story: Stupid ways of dying