flotsam & jetsam

The Pitiful, Lyrical, and Least of the Political

The Pitiful, Lyrical, and Least of the Political

Everybody loves a winner, or so the saying goes. Little affectionate attention is left for those who come last, and this is especially true of the great political race that lies at the heart of modern representative democracies. These democracies […]

The Market Personified

The Market Personified

A friend of mine asked me a question: “if the free market is a person, what would the person be like?” Here is my answer. The market is the embodiment of everybody, in aggregate. The market is everyman, the most […]

Angry Teachers Make Easy Pray… I mean “Prey”

Angry Teachers Make Easy Pray… I mean “Prey”

The British government recently announced their intention to cut the guidelines for school trips from 140 pages to 8 pages. I, like a lot of teachers, was surprised to find this move might be unpopular with teacher’s unions. Did the […]

Failing That…

Failing That…

I need a nap. Failing that, a powernap. Failing that, a coffee. Failing that, a smoke. Failing that, some sugar. Failing that, a holiday. Failing that, a new job. Failing that, early retirement. Failing that, a moan, which now I’ve […]

Crossing the Kubrickon

Crossing the Kubrickon

Sometimes, on a journey, you pass a point of no return. Committed, you must soldier on. I have passed that point with my film project. However good or terrible the final film will be, shooting is underway. Whatever is filmed […]

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Dear friend, I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. That was a line from a movie, You’ve Got Mail. Apologies; one should always recite a quotation with forewarning, or […]

Introducing SlackStarCoolForceGo!

Introducing SlackStarCoolForceGo!

On a little-known planet situated in an outer spiral arm of a modest galaxy, there are six people. Unlike their home, they are far from ordinary. They are not the only people on this planet, but by their own standards, […]

Music of the Marionettes

Music of the Marionettes

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. It seems hard to believe that Gerry Anderson, pioneer of Supermarionation and producer of classic kids’ television like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet might have unwittingly influenced popular music through puppet shows. Hard to believe… until […]

When Words Fail

When Words Fail

The limits of language might, on first consideration, seem a curious topic to write about. But then, like all topics, if not discussed in language, then it is not discussed at all. And by most measures, this language – the […]

21st Century Etiquette

21st Century Etiquette

Time was that if you wanted a manual for manners, you simply turned to a guide from Debrett’s. With the rise of interweb and netiquette, life is no longer so simple, though Debrett’s still try to give advice on civility […]