Society

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.

where exactly are the opposition?

A pandemic is always going to be a tricky time for a party of opposition as, during a crisis of such magnitude, it’s perfectly understandable that the population/electorate should value and expect a more supportive, bipartisan approach.

now almost totally obsolete

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is over seventy years old but, as recent events in Afghanistan, Iraq and Crimea have highlighted, the alliance that once represented western security is showing signs of its age.

scouting for boys. and girls

Did you know that it costs a tenner a month to subscribe to Dominic Cumming’s blog? Hold that thought for a moment and we’ll come back to it in due course.

full circle

In my continuing quest to convince you of the unbridled joy of cryptocurrency, did you know that the cash in your pocket is legal tender but the pounds in your bank account are not?

the ego has landed

As we earthlings are lashed by heatwave and flood, and when even a trip to the sunny south coast feels a somewhat distant and daunting prospect, the current billionaire’s space race was bound to be a tad jarring for many.

tinker, tailor, soldier, spy

Listen to the news, scan the headlines, read your paper, immerse yourself in social media and you’ll soon realise there are lots of things we should be panicking about: the ever-present threat of big tech, imminent collapse of capitalism, re-appointment of The Saj, penalty-taking in our national side and the continued fall-out from the Northern Ireland protocol.

without fear or favour

What must I have been thinking? It’s been months since I had a pop at the current government and I completely agree that a good ol’ dig is more than overdue, especially with the fertile ground available of late.

crypto tips and alistair

T’other day a squash pal of mine announced after our sweaty tussle that he’d become a cryptocurrency day trader. Wow. Way to go. I kinda wish him well though suspect he’ll end up outta pocket. What it did clearly highlight though was that more and more of us are getting-into, or at least exploring, the murky world of cryptos.

money does grow on trees

The idea of printing money to solve society’s problems is understandably seen as a bad idea. Excessive spending/borrowing tends to trigger financial crises and creating money out of thin-air ultimately destroys any confidence in it. Notwithstanding, governments with their own currencies and central banks, do print money and create it digitally when it suits them.

bottoms’ up

One of my favourite tipples, usually enjoyed at Egham’s tremendous Beehive of a Tuesday evening after swimming, is Fullers ‘Hop Head’. However, I didn’t realise that the term is also a well-known collective phrase that refers to those of us that identify as beer-lovers. Nice.