People, politics, tech, money, sport, work and entertainment all intertwine to make up today’s ever-changing, crazy, delightful and frustrating society. The majority of my second-hand-views are about life within our society and, with a left-of-centre stance, there’s bound to be something here that gets your goat. When it does, buy a bundle of tibs, donate one to my charity of choice, Stay Close to Neve, and get it off your chest with a retort – better out than in. Have fun, be good and keep at ‘em.

a stitch in time

I’ve never watched the Great British Sewing Bee. Furthermore, I’ll never watch the Great British Sewing Bee. To anyone who knows me, or has seen me out and about, this will come as no great surprise. However, as it transpires I do have something in common with one of its presenters, Patrick Grant.

just say no

In a recent interview actor Matthew Broderick conceded that to many, myself included, he will always be Ferris Bueller. Having just binged-out on the Netflix series, Painkiller, I’d like to say to Ferri…er, Matthew, not to sweat it too much as there are far worse characters to be permanently associated with than the movie’s eternal teenage optimist, a chancer with chutzpa.

white gold

A global race is on to unearth a somewhat magical element, lithium, that is fueling our post-oil future and leading to what many are calling a modern-day white gold rush.

america’s choice

The good news is that following confirmation that the November US election will be a rematch of the 2020 contest – the current President of the United States against the former one – Joe Biden, last month, delivered a much more combative and coherent annual address. He ad-libbed, silenced the hecklers, experienced no ‘senior moments’ and enjoyed himself to such an extent that even Fox News had to concede he seemed ‘jacked-up’.

tuck in

I still believe that the best advice for healthy eating is Michael Pollan’s simple mantra: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” No gimmicks, sensible and, with a little willpower and forethought, potentially achievable.

remember me?

A pal of mine is seriously worried about his memory and constantly frets about why he is becoming so forgetful. Mind, he is an ex-professional rugby player from the days when cognitive concussion was better known as the drummer of your favourite prog-rock band, so I get his concern.

hey you, pay attention!

Ever since Larry and Sergey put their tech-heads-together in the late 90s we have asked if Google is making us stupid? There is a palpable sense of crisis wrt our concentration spans together with our ability to finish the jobs we start and actually get anything done. Distraction is everywhere.

hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work we go…

Immigration, both legal and illegal, has long been an issue within ol’ Blighty, often appearing centre-stage. But if immigration is red hot then what this feeds into, the actual composition of the workforce, is viewed as being luke warm at best.

things we should know before we go…

The King has cancer. That’s Life’s Ester Rantzen has cancer. Even super-fit Chris Hoy has cancer. With half of Britons predicted to get cancer at some point during their lives we all probably know someone who has cancer. The good news is that the majority survive the diagnosis and live with it.

ladies & gentlemen, start your engines

Aiming to tackle air pollution by targeting out-of-town non-resident drivers of heavy, large and high-polluting cars, Parisians voted, in an admittedly largely ignored referendum where less 6% turned-out, to triple parking costs for sports utility vehicles (SUVs) to as much as #200/day.