The Guardian had an article today about how the media seems to to be full of people writing about the angst of becoming 40. Apparently there are more TV shows about the subject in the pipeline. Is the media controled by people the same age as me? They also had a section on 40 things… Continue reading 40-something is the new 30-something
I was trying to write a brief bio for my account on LiveJournal. I’m was rather disappointed that it reads a lot like a (abbreviated) CV. I seem to define myself by the institutions (schools, colleges, jobs) that I go to rather than by anything else in my life. This disturbs me. I need to… Continue reading Who Are You?
I have a group of four friends who I went to school with. Two of them I knew at infant school (that’s thirty-five years ago) and the other two I met at secondary school. This week the second of us made it to 40 (I was the first), so we all trundled off into deepest… Continue reading Old Friends
The BBC is running a story about how the Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has won a case allowing it to continue to use the name “Bud” in the UK. In most of the rest of the world that right has been taken away from them by the lawyers from Anheuser-Busch (who market the popular American… Continue reading Hmmm…. Beer
Yesterday was my stepdaughter’s 16th birthday, so this weekend we had the pleasure of sharing the house with a group of 15 and 16 year old girls. We had a good time. I was pleasantly surprised at their level of interest in the kinds of things that interest me. We had conversations about music (they… Continue reading Sixteen
Since Chancery Lane tube station has been closed (because of last weekends derailment) I’ve been walking to work from Bank station. This takes me past the Old Bailey (the UK’s central criminal court). Normally I’m walking past this building at about 8:30am which is long before anything starts happening there (judges like their beauty sleep).… Continue reading Police and Thieves (oh yeah!)
It’s been snowing here for two days so the British transport system has fallen to pieces. It does that most years. I hate snow. If I remember the books I was reading 30 years ago, by the 21st century we were supposed to all be living in cities that were covered by great glass domes… Continue reading Snow
It’s not been a great year all in all. I’ve spent about half of it out of work. In January my contract finished and for the first time in seven years of freelancing, the client decided they didn’t want to renew. I then spent five months looking for work before finally accepting a permanent job… Continue reading 2002 – A Review
One of the first entries I made here was about how I’d given up drinking. I’m still sticking to that many months later, so I found this article from today’s Observer very interesting.
I generally try to avoid being in pubs when sports are being shown, but this weekend I accidently found myself in a couple of pubs when there was some live sports event on a large TV screen. It was bizarre – and more than a little scary. Why do they shout at the screen like… Continue reading Pubs and Sports