A mental mindfuck can be nice

So, like everyone in the world and their dog, I have watched Squid Game, but in case you haven’t yet, there’ll be no major spoilers to ruin things for you. This is a thing that needs to unfold for you to fully appreciate.

Gi-hun is a deadbeat. He’s an inveterate…


Taking one for the team. You’re welcome

Just because you can make a film that is basically Buddhist Fast & Furious Highlander it really doesn’t mean you should.

Ok, ok. It’s Saturday afternoon, and I was bored, so it was either this or another cookery show. I decided to jump in, purely for the purposes of science…


Stockton ARC Sept 30 2021

Mark Thomas hasn’t been out much recently, he tells us early in the show. Neither have I, if we’re being honest. I’ve not been to ARC for over a year, but here I am, sitting in the stalls. But you can tell he’s been caged up, because he bounds out…


Every year it comes around quicker …

Each year, around about this time, I write a little article (like for 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017) that, just for a bit of fun, briefly points out the little disconnects in the generations between those of us working in HE, whether in teaching or in some other capacity, and…


A few nights ago I was watching a documentary about Jo Brand’s career and part of the discussion centred around what makes a comedian. Brand said that somewhere in most comedian’s lives is something tied to a sense of loss; there’s something missing that they are trying to make up…


… and Why Is It Seemingly Such a Mess Right Now?

The Durham University newspaper, Palatinate, recently published an opinion piece, that found its way into my twitter feed this morning. I thought I’d write about it, from the perspective of someone who is an alumnus, and is a current member of staff. I will insert the obvious disclaimers here: this…


Why do I read this stuff?

Why do I torture myself? Why do I read Unherd sometimes? Today, into my inbox dropped an atricle called Life Is One Big Status Game, written by Ed West, and from the moment I started to read it I knew I’d made a big mistake. A mistake because I knew…


I’ve owned the DVD of Sex Lives of the Potato Men for a long time, certainly more than a decade I think, and I’ve never seen more than the first few minutes or so, for one reason or another. But today, for the sake of science, I have decided to…


Some things are just funny

There are possibly younger readers (Yeah, right, who am I kidding?) who are open-mouthed listening to this, thinking that it’s incredibly offensive to Japanese people, and that you’d never get away with this now. They’d be right about the very last part. I’m not sure anyone would commission this…


Not the *whole* weekend though, just some music

Well, there’s a novel experience. Watching music. In the actual outside. In a place.

For the first time since March last year I was a actually in a live venue, watching real live music, and it was a conflicted experience. After doing an LFT yesterday afternoon (negative, obvs), just in…

Fifteen Minutes of Mantra-filled Oompah

A man shouting at passers-by on teh Interwebz

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