Learn to know when you’re being lied to, people. And do it quick. Critical thinking skills will be of more help to you today than learning Japanese. (Although, it is a beautiful language).

Fake news is not a new concept. But today, thanks to the internet, we are inundated. We’re buried up to our eyes in misinformation; we’re choking on it. And, much like a spluttering cough, fake news spreads easily.

Consider this:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Eloquently paraphrased by Dr Yuval Noah Harari: “A lie told once remains a lie. …


And validate yourself in the process.

Medium is totally overrun with ‘self-help’ articles. It always makes me wonder how many of these self-appointed life coaches actually live and breathe the advice they so willingly give to others?

It’s obviously so very good that we’re all looking to better ourselves, ‘find’ creativity, focus for longer, read 1038 books per day, etc etc. But is it just me, or is this cascade of mediocrity becoming somewhat tiresome?

We get it. You’re recently ‘woke’ and want to tell the world. But please, spare us.

Perhaps I have a chip on my shoulder- I know several people who write such content; ‘Live your best life!’ while categorically not following their own aloof and condescending words-to-the-wise. …


Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Learn to know when you’re being lied to, people. And do it quickly. Critical thinking skills will be of more help to you today than learning Japanese. (Although, it is a beautiful language).

Fake news is not a new concept. But today, thanks to the internet, we are inundated. We’re buried up to our eyes in misinformation; we’re choking on it. And, much like a spluttering cough, fake news spreads easily.

Consider this:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Eloquently paraphrased by Dr. Yuval Noah Harari:

“A lie told once remains a lie. A lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”


Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

In a world where self-publishing has never been easier, should we be more wary of whose advice we listen to?

Do you know E3SE9 of Peep Show, the one where Jez is a life coach? The sad truth is that there are many, many unqualified ‘gurus’ out there, who are ready and willing to impart substanceless guidance (and happily accept your cash for the pleasure). The anonymity of the internet makes it harder to establish credibility and is, therefore, an arable pasture for Bad Advice.

Such as this post.

Adhere closely to these guidelines to ensure a cult-like following and who knows, someday you might even be comparable to the famed leader of ‘The Family’ Charles Manson!#goals #cultgoals #winning

  1. It is wise and guru-like to describe your profession as something appropriately vague and hard to pin down (i.e. “Life/Spiritual/Decision Coach” or “Business-Person”). That way, when you are questioned, you can say you’re ‘working on a different few things’ or you’ve ‘got a few things in the pipeline’. Furthermore, the bigger multitude of job titles you claim to have, the more likely it will be that at least one of them will end up being true! …


France in a nutshell.

Following another frequently occurring, and occasionally detrimental urge I have for disrupting my completely comfortable, stress-free life in its entirety, I decided to leave everything I know and move to Aix-en-Provence, France with the objective of becoming fluent in French, ideally, in a year.

I now realise I did not fully understand the enormity of the word ‘fluent’ and what it entails. The notion of the ‘okay’ level of French I possess (by my own, misinformed evaluation) has been hurled through a hedge backwards, smashed, rebuilt, beaten and bruised and mashed like a particularly disappointing peach.

It must be noted that I am English, and I already speak the most widely spoken language in the world. However, I had always been hugely impressed by my bilingual friends. Conversely, more so by my Anglophonic friends who were fortunate enough to have polyglot parentage and grew up with dual languages from birth, than those who were forced to learn English in later life due to a less fortunate diasporic necessity. …

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