Social media: it's not me, it's you.

Or, why do I want to use Facebook and Twitter anyway?

If you’ve arrived here from Twitter or Facebook and I’ve unfollowed or unfriended you, it’s not you, it’s the social media platforms. You know how to find me if you want to! One year ago, on the 1st January 2017, I stopped using Facebook. I disabled my account, deleted the Facebook apps off my phone and tablet, and deleted the bookmark off my browser’s toolbar. I’ve not missed it. My Facebook feed mirrored my obsessive need for every fragment of Brexit news, and it was massively depressing. Read On →

Reaction to flying with Aer Lingus - economy class

Aer Lingus - Economy - First thoughts

In my job I get to fly economy several times a year. The company won’t stump up the dosh for Business Class, so we have to put up with Economy. So, I guess it’s reasonable to compare the airlines I’ve flown with against, this, my first experience with Aer Lingus. So what’s it like? To get from Newcastle to Boston, there are several routes that are available: British Airways: Newcastle -> London Heathrow T5 -> Boston KLM: Newcastle -> Schiphol -> Boston Aer Lingus: Newcastle -> Dublin -> Boston There is, sadly, no direct flight. Read On →

A General Rejection

Rejecting and general election. Is that even possible

Oh goody! A General Election is coming. Actually, scratch that. There is no joy (for me) in the upcoming General Election. I’m even asking myself whether I’m even going to vote. I now understand, after years of berating people for “not being engaged” and “if you don’t vote, you don’t have a say” why they actually might not bother voting. I’m close to that, and this is why. I’ve voted in every General Election that I have been eligible to vote in. Read On →

Err, so about this writing thing

Writing about writing, or avoid writing by writing about writing. How meta.

Have you ever wanted to write a book? Nah? Thought not. Unfortunately, I have, and for those still with me, this post is about not writing. I have two blogs. One is not enough; I have to let two blogs wither and die, with me not writing new content for either of them. Apart from the occasional post like this one which breaks the achingly long dry spell. (I realise, that you, the reader, probably doesn’t have this relationship with my blog, but hey: it’s nice to imagine it! Read On →

Brexit: Beyond caring?

Am I all out of politics - I seem to have gone beyond caring

I started writing this on a plane, flying over the north eastern part of the United States. I’d just watched three films: Jack Reacher: never go back – or something, Suicide Squad and Inferno, another episode in Professor Langston’s “puzzles in ancient time having something to do with the present”. It was snowy on the ground, which is probably fairly typical for north america in mid-February. Luckily, I was going to Atlanta where it’s going to be the equivalent of a hot summer’s day in Newcastle. Read On →

Brexit: Politics and the Uneducated

Is this country's direction being dictated by those who understand the least?

So I read “Brexit vote explained: poverty, low skills and lack of opportunities” and came away with the profound feeling that we’re in a very dangerous time; a time where politicians act on the advice of the ignorant. The research was conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which is a centre-left organisation that is “working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice”. It’s a fairly well regarded research organisation and is unlikely to try and pitch research that reduces, say, social justice, or increases strife. Read On →