How do you react to stillness? What lessons will you take from the stillness forced by the pandemic?
We can never take equality for granted. Any progress towards equality is always at risk of being reversed. Prejudice will always find new forms.
Life will never remain just one thing. You don’t have have to remain just one thing. This is one of life’s greatest gifts to each of us.
What is the secret of the infectious sweetness of Bill & Ted? How can you stop good ideas turning from sweet to sour? Bill, Ted (and one of their creators, Ed Solomon) might just be able to help us answer these questions.
If we believe in equality for one, we must believe in equality for all. Remembering and acting on the belief that humans are equal in all directions should be a core part of all our actions, always.
You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do you, gentle reader?
When we become history, what will our story be? Some thoughts on time and change, inspired by the all-encompassing, endlessly renewing wonder that is London.
We are endlessly lucky to be here and alive and on this planet. With this infinite good fortune comes great responsibility.
Do all roads lead to Weatherall? Almost a year on from the untimely loss of Andrew Weatherall, tiny reminders of the great man’s enthusiasm, taste and impeccable values abound.
Savour the sweet air, if you can, whenever you can. Remember that a small part of what passes for wisdom in this world is actually just patience.
If each of us has a limitless capacity to do good, why not use it?
When you find yourself living in two worlds, embrace the new world that is manifesting around you.
Brian Eno’s wonderful 1995 diaries A Year with Swollen Appendices (finally back in print) offer an endless wealth of wit and inspiring ideas, and a fascinating snapshot of a past world that is both recent and long, long gone.
Soho’s record shops were magical places for me and for so many others. This post takes a saunter through Soho’s record shops and ponders how places change and evolve.
What would make a better normal for you in the post-pandemic world?
Forbidden Planet turns 42 today (Saturday 29 August 2020 = #FP42)! This post celebrates both FP’s status as London’s foremost comic shop and London’s ever-changing brilliance.*
What do you want the post-pandemic world to look like? The possibilities are infinite. The world doesn’t have to be the way it was.
2000AD memories! This post celebrates the first forty(-ish) years of 2000AD – and all its inspirational joy and anarchy – through five memories of the future.
Stephen Fry has helped shaped my words and my outlook on the world for more than 30 years. This post celebrates what Stephen Fry means to me, and considers whether “the secret of life is in art”.
2020 has been at times profoundly surreal. The cavalcade of surreal events is showing no signs of slowing down. Have we even arrived at peak surreal yet?
This is a time for some of us to speak. It’s a time for others to listen with compassion and empathy. A post inspired by the powerful words of Shereen Daniels.
What happens when you take yourself out of the story? This post is inspired by wise words from Naval Ravikant on choiceless awareness – the art of taking yourself out of the story.
A short but sweet interview with Giles Paley-Phillips – author, podcaster, musician, huge-hearted Twitterer, and all-round good gent.
“You can prove anything with facts,” as the excellent Stewart Lee would remind us*. And that is no bad thing.
I think you know what time it is… This an update of my 2015 post, celebrating the Beastie Boys, and including an unwitting encounter of the Yauch kind in Soho Square.
Bicycle Repair Man’s superhero origin story took place on the first ever day of filming for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, with cameras starting to roll on Tuesday 8 July 1969!