Category: Musings

The Plausibility of Pistorius

I am fascinated by the whole Oscar Pistorius tragedy. Not because he is famous, not because he is an athlete and not because he has prosthetic legs. But because he has shot and killed another human (Reeva Steenkamp), confessed openly to this, whilst at the same time constructing almost the perfect excuse/alibi. The tragedy of course…

The Press – The Only Way is Ethics

And so the Leveson report has finally been published, re-igniting the well-worn debate about the freedom of the press versus the rights and privacy of ordinary people (and Hugh Grant). What sort of press do we want? Do we want one which is controlled by an independent authority, policed and punished whenever it transgresses a…

Burning Issues – Geo-politics and Small Fires

With the inexorable rise of the internet, maybe the final resting place for the newspaper is in the kitchen. The morning after the presidential election, the Guardian’s updated political map of the USA lay casually across the kitchen table, like a multi-coloured tablecloth. Each state was a mosaic of reds and blues depending on their…

Secrets of Successful Shopkeepers

They say that the customer is always right. I guess whoever first said that was a customer. So they must be right. I have worked in retailing for the best part of 30 years. Rather inevitably I guess as I come from a line of retailers. Although in those days they were called shopkeepers.

OUTRAGE

Outrage shouts at us with mock indignation from the pages of our newspapers. ~OUTRAGE AS THAI WOMAN PAINTS WITH HER BOOBS ON TV ~OUTRAGE OVER EMMANUEL FRIMPONG TWEET ~TIME MAGAZINE COVER SHOWING MOTHER BREASTFEEDING SON, 3, SPARKS OUTRAGE ~NORTH KOREA FIRE SPARKS OUTRAGE ~SYRIA MASSACRE OUTRAGE ~THE SUN’S NAKED HARRY PHOTO DECISION DRAWS OUTRAGE ~OUTRAGE…

Raining on the Royal Parade

So how is the Diamond Jubilee going for you? Is it a sparkling jewel or a flagrant waste of money? Are you thrilled at sixty-years of her majesty reigning or is it just  . . . raining? In case you think I am a Bolshie-Cromwellian-republican-socialist-anti-royalist; let me surprise you by revealing that we ambled up to…

Intelligent Life?

I had this idea in the bottom drawer of my brain that there were ten different intelligences, a number I have quoted with alacrity but rarely enumerated (and have never been challenged on). When I Google’d it, I discovered two different lists of 10 and another one of 8, none of which satisfied me. They…

Get the celebrities out of here …

We live in the age of the individual and the personality. The individual is me (or maybe you, if I even care about you). The ‘personality’ is the so-called celebrity on TV, in the papers, on the web, in my fantasy. The way it works is this.