Monthly Archives: September 2011

And we’ll frolic as the birdies sing. Oh, God.

Big deal discussion of the week, aside from New Improved Labour taken over by a giant bush-baby with homicidal tendencies, is town versus country. No secret where I stand. Human civilization and cities went hand in glove. Die-hard hunter gatherers … Continue reading

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Happiness is one of those. . .things

Remember those funny little ads when you were a kid? Sea Monkeys was one, with a picture of the King and Queen SM wearing crowns. Then there was the X-Ray Specs – what twelve year-old boy could resist? – and … Continue reading

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That perfect moment of stillness

Two acting treats today. First, catching on TV the court martial scene from The Caine Mutiny and the moment Humphrey Bogart (Captain Queeg) realises he’s said too much and his face goes very still but you can see the shock … Continue reading

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Sainsbury’s heart ache.

I was in Sainsbury’s today, rapidly passing through the fresh fruit section when I stopped in my tracks. My heart lifted. I may even have drooled a little. Three little words, ‘Sweet And Juicy‘, emblazoned on a bag containing pears. I … Continue reading

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It’s the waiting, dammit.

As Hollywood tells us, it’s the waiting wot kills. Well, specifically what happens immediately after the waiting: massed tribal warriors charging, artillery opening up, aliens materialising, giant slugs slithering. But always a moment just before when the hero has to … Continue reading

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The scarf that binds.

The first brisk day of Autumn and the elderly couple were wrapped up well. The man wore a scarf tucked inside his jacket and had this way of walking while part-turned towards his wife, ready to help or listen. I … Continue reading

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Sweet treason?

A profession is a self-policing group that swears loyalty to an ideal or authority higher than the current government. Traditionally there are only three of them: the law, medicine and the military. Marketing’s claim to be a profession is the … Continue reading

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