Category Archives: personal

What’s “work”, anyway?

“Are you working?” A blunt question from an ex work colleague, in the course of a friendly text message exchange. A surprisingly difficult question to answer. In the end I took the easy way out, simply answering, “No, not at … Continue reading

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A Grease-y New Year

Some years – well, let’s be honest, most years – I just can’t be bothered with all the fuss of New Year’s Eve. I can count on one hand the number of truly memorable and enjoyable New Year’s Eve celebrations … Continue reading

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It’s skiing, Jim, but not as we know it

When you mention a ski lift, most people imagine one that starts at a roadside, or just above a car park, that whisks skiers up the mountain.   A lift that provides access to a piste – or even two or … Continue reading

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A job application is a date – not an adoption

There appears to be a perception among recruitment agents and certain of their corporate clients, that candidates are akin to orphans – scrubbed up and wearing their best clothes, with orders to smile and speak politely to the interviewer in … Continue reading

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The uncomfortable truth at the heart of the Google memo

Earlier this week, the media, both mainstream and social, erupted in outrage at the leaking of a memo written by an engineer at Google, in which he questioned the diversity measures within the company and dared to point out that … Continue reading

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Going where the grass is greener

Reality TV. These days you just can’t avoid it – it’s become such a popular, relatively cheap format for TV producers in recent years that virtually no life experience or situation has gone uncovered. From business-themed shows such as the … Continue reading

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Friendship, black holes and quantum physics

As children, we make friends easily. It can take little more than striking up a conversation with the new kid in class, a common dislike of the class bully, or a shared joke at the expense of a teacher or … Continue reading

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Sordid Sex in Soho – with David Tennant

I’m in the process of uprooting my life, career and most of what I’ve worked for over the past twenty years in London, in the pursuit of an uncertain future as a property developer (a term I am struggling to … Continue reading

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Grief, the Universe and Everything

We’ve all – probably – heard the saying that grief comes in waves. But what does that really mean? Well, in my case, it means I can spend the weekend getting completely wound up about politics and women’s marches, then … Continue reading

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When Finding Your Passion Means Losing Your Friends

Since I learned to ski 20 years ago, it has been my main passion in life. I’ve quit jobs to go skiing, got heavily into debt pursuing a dream of being a ski instructor, and spent more money than I … Continue reading

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