Archive for March 2016

there are no straight lines in nature

March 23, 2016

By Thursday I’d decided I probably couldn’t go. Because I had to turn my 20,000 word dissertation into a 5,000 article for publication in an academic journal. And I felt so out of my depth I hadn’t even started, and it was due on Monday. And clearly, I needed to pay the price for my […]

I never thought I would miss it…

March 16, 2016

That moment when you open the tiny communal fridge to a passively aggressive note from Kevin, regarding his sandwiches and his ‘special’ bread, with a plea to refrain (caps, bold) from stealing them or the terrorists will have won (all the exclamation marks). And the tea rosters (favoured largely by government offices) depicting tea strength in a matrix of colour-codes […]

saying yes has nothing to do with committment

March 08, 2016

You can always quit. You can absolutely decide to quit on a marriage, business, mortgage, career, debt, even your kids. That choice is available to you at any moment. This is one of the key tenets of existentialism (so not just a bunch of melancholics sitting around drinking black coffee, angsting about how pointless everything is). It’s realising […]

every little thing is going to be alright

March 01, 2016

It’s the first day of Spring! And here in the UK we are beginning a debate that may see us sever ties with Europe. We are besieged with images of hundreds of thousands of migrant families living inhumanely in border camps. We’ve just experienced the warmest winter on record – climate change has caused horrific and […]