Weekend Reading

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An Honest Look at The Personal Finance Crisis Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. And the rich keep getting richer. Hello dystopian future. 100 Best Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now Some belters in here. Some I’ve never heard of, time to explore! Leader comment: A denunciation of Donald Trump Donald Trump, due to arrive in the UK later today, is a racist, a serial liar, and either a sex abuser or someone who falsely brags about being one in the apparent belief that this will impress other men in a metaphorical “locker …

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A man I hate

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Last Friday I had the great pleasure of going to see a man I hate read some of his essays. It was wonderful but he makes me sick to my stomach whenever I read anything he’s written, but I’ve long made peace with my ongoing resentment towards him. Hate is such a strong word, as my Mother liked to remind me during my teenage ‘strop’ years, so perhaps I’ll tone this down a little and say I merely dislike him an awful, awful lot. But no, let’s not tone this down. He wouldn’t, so why should I? I hate David Sedaris. If you aren’t aware of who he is then let me offer a description of the man. He is …

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Sporty sport sport

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The World Cup is over. Wimbledon is over. Someone is quite happy about this. I am not. I bloody love watching sport, me. I usually put this down to my Dad being a P.E. teacher and I always enjoyed learning about various sports when they were on TV (usually the Olympics). Equally my Mum loved the cricket (back in the Beefy Botham days) and gold, mostly because they are both sports you don’t have to pay attention to so she could watch them whilst knitting. It’s the learning I enjoy and as sports broadcasting improves, so does the level of information available. Many years ago, Channel 4 had the rights to a season of the NFL. I’d never really watched …

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Weekend Reading

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Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs? Here are three essays that make very different arguments but are worth reading, and (I think) worth reading together. Introspective time for bloggers. Why Women’s Friendships Are So Complicated When Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, was in grade school, one of her best friends abruptly stopped talking to her. Genuinely offered without comment. Because I … just can’t. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 4 EASY STEPS I’ve spent the past year losing 80 lbs and getting in shape. A lot of people have been asking me how I did it; specifics like what diet I was on, how many times a week I worked out, etc etc. …

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Weekender

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As previously mentioned, one of my first vinyl LP experiences was the Queen album Jazz and though it wasn’t my first brush with the band it remains in my memory as the gateway to 30+ years of enjoying their music. Sure, it was probably the original Greatest Hits album that I heard first but as good as all those tracks are, it was Jazz that made me realise there was a lot more to this band. I can remember where I was when Freddie died – in the car on the way to Hospital Radio Lennox – I can remember how it impacted me and how shocking it was. By then I owned all of their albums, and VHS tapes …

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Weekend Reading

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Knitting at the end of the world I love this picture of actor Nicholas Hoult knitting on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. As do I. Contrasts are always interesting. Trent Reznor Thinks Artists Should Speak Out “Bad Witch,” your ninth studio album with Nine Inch Nails, is the final record of a politically-minded trilogy you began in 2016. If you have a platform you must use it, now more than ever. Now is the envy of the dead Do not lose time on daily trivialities. Do not dwell on petty detail. For all of these things melt away, and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time. Live well, and live broadly. You are alive and living now. …

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Weekender

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Years ago I used to write up posts that recapped my “fascinating” weekend (that’s some ironic quote marks, just to be clear. I used the same title for these – Weekender – and all of them were written in a vague, pseudo diary style which I think fitted the purpose for which I wrote them; I have a crap memory so even now looking back at the last time I published a post titled Weekender I can recall exactly which weekend that was (4 years ago, time flies like a banana and all that) and exactly what happened. When I sat down to write up my London weekend it felt very much like that, a post for me to remember …

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Weekend Reading

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Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one needs to be exposed to that monster.’ Many propose that she’s not a philosopher at all and should not be taken seriously. The problem is that people are taking her seriously. Academic arguments aside, if it works for you, it can’t be all that bad. Can it? Disposable America A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it. This is the stuff of tragedy, and America. As we ban plastic ones, look …

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That was London

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I have been and went to that London and it was good! Mind you there was a small blip at first. I was primarily there to see the Foo Fighters perform at Wembley Stadium, so you can imagine my confusion when I realised, only a few days before heading down, that they were, in fact, performing at the Olympic Stadium. This rendered my ‘clever’ hotel location booking a bit redundant but that’s what I get for not checking the detail. I’m calling this the ‘London effect’ as it’s not the first time I’ve gotten locations wrong … A few years ago, I was down in London and on arriving at our hotel for the weekend I boldly marched up to …

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Weekend Reading

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Can our phones solve our love lives? It would be most of our first choices to have relationships in the real world; but for many of us, it is a great deal more plausible to pursue them with, and via, our phones. Phones provide exemplary compensation for the frustrations of living with actual people. Solve? My phone IS my love life! This Dr is demanding to be addressed by her title, and the men aren’t happy A woman on Twitter had the audacity to ask to be referred to by her earned title of Dr and, unsurprisingly, drew ire from a gaggle of angry men online. The end of angry men cannot happen quickly enough Open Ocean: 10 Hours of …

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