There’s a quote that’s been doing the rounds a lot recently. It’s generally attributed to George Bernard Shaw. But in this newfound world of fake news, it’s a bad idea to believe anything you hear attributed to anyone.

But fake attribution aside, all that really matters is that it was said by someone. And I repeat it here:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

We are now some six months on from that ill-conceived referendum on Britain leaving…

Uneasy flyers say that if God had meant us to fly, he would have given us wings. I say if he had meant us to swim, he would have given us floats.

Once, as a child aged six or seven, I did a sponsored swim. Whilst my classmates spent hours clocking up laps, I did just one length. It wasn’t that I was feeling uncharitable. No, one length was all I thought I could achieve. My swimming was bad but at least I knew how to set achievable targets.

I thought about this as I stood on the pebbled beach…

Owen Wainhouse

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