Way back in the Stone Age, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I could get away with claiming to be young, I saved up my pocket money and bought an album called "Slade Alive".
I don't remember anything about it now, except that it was red and I played it a lot. I also played “Electric Warrior”, T Rex, and my friend Mark had us all round to listen to “Master of Reality”, Black Sabbath, when it first came out. Then I grew up. I think.
But walking through M&S earlier today, picking up a reduced ham-and-pickle sandwich just as Noddy Holder launched into “So here it is, Merry Christmas” on the store’s soundtrack, I wondered for a moment whether I really am a 56-year-old father of four living in Falmouth...
...or am I still lying on a sofa, somewhere in the early seventies, watching the music weave itself into the pattern of the wallpaper?
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This site is updated weekly, usually on a Friday although I might change that (again). I write it because (1) I like writing it and (2) I like having a deadline. More often than not, it works out as a commentary on the week just passed.
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Read My Shorts?
Here is yet another page of old blog posts and other writings. Sorry, but I need my metaphorical sock drawer for metaphorical socks. The link to the page is right at the end of the paragraph here.
Roads without end
Here is a passage from a review of the book The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart. I haven't read the book (yet), but the collected reviews would make a worthwhile set of political arguments in their own right. More.
State of the Union
Several commentators today saying that they've lost confidence in the US. Making their point by talking up the glories of the past. After two weeks of this administration, they're not going back.
Were they wrong, and they've seen the light? Or has the US changed? I guess the latter is the intended meaning. But we should at least acknowledge the possibility... More.