The silly holiday weekend has now come to an end. Not that public holidays* themselves are silly, but the reason for this one is a based on a load of mythological claptrap, starting with the death of a Middle-Eastern magician, and ending with his resurrection a couple of days later. At some point after this … Continue reading Christ has Risen! Let’s Celebrate with Some Slavery and Environmental Destruction
I started the notes for this piece last week. It might appear timely considering the deeply saddening events in Paris earlier this week, but it is purely coincidental. The more mundane reason that the topic of fire has been on my mind is because I recently went through fire safety training at work (again). While … Continue reading Let it Burn – It’s Cheaper
"I get my advice from the advertising world Treat me nice says the party girl Coke adds life where there isn't any So freeze." Thus wrote the late great Joe Strummer in 1979 as part of The Clash's magnum opus London Calling, which I am revisiting now as I write this piece. Certainly a Desert … Continue reading Coke Adds Life Where There isn’t Any
I read about a curious case recently, regarding a couple who are fighting a battle to keep their home from the clutches of a bank attempting to repossess it. Sadly, there is nothing curious about this in itself, it is a very regular occurrence. This is a part of the business model of such financial … Continue reading Where’s my Tiny Violin?
I think we all know well that there is no end to incredibly irritating tv-ads, but in the last few days, a new contender for the one most likely to make me put my foot through the screen (if I can't find the remote and mute button fast enough) is the new McDonald's ad. Some … Continue reading I do not Love it.
Not only are our footpaths cluttered with bollards, rubbish, morons etc., but at times parts of the path are completely fenced off, narrowing the space for pedestrians even further. The latest such example of this I've noticed has been on Nassau St, since late last week. A planning permission notice had been put up on … Continue reading Architecture of Aggression
Shopping in supermarkets is a minefield. Not only do we have to dodge around vacillating idiots dragging their baskets as if heaving a bodybag behind them, but then trying to actually shop ethically is another palaver. Having a long list of criteria to which I try to adhere puts strain on this weekly endeavour, and … Continue reading Not currently recycled – nor cared about
A quick post today, as I have been travelling a lot this week so haven't had as much time to write as usual. Looking at my drafts, I had started this post three weeks ago, with the intention of finishing it and posting it this week. At that time, I was commenting on how the … Continue reading Black Friday
I wrote recently about insurance, and how it is frequently unhelpful, and in effect, another way of squeezing money from the general population to rich investors. Car insurance is arbitrarily high, largely because it is (rightly) mandatory. Health insurance is extremely expensive, but also a necessity for many, as out national health service is, deliberately, … Continue reading Darwin award, or financial reward?