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I love potato snacks. But this…

I love potato snacks. But this…

Yeah, I love potato snacks. Particularly potato crisps. Yeah, as an American, those thin, crispy ones will always be potato chips to me. But I’m trying to deal with a local issue here. The...

Meeting minutes?

Meeting minutes?

Had to clean out my desk recently, and had the opportunity to find some of my notebooks from the last year of my employment. As you can see, most of my meetings were highly...

The Special Relationship: Episode 8

The Special Relationship: Episode 8

Wednesday 1st June 7.30pm – 10.30pm // Concrete // £5 Award winning comedian and playwright Tom Basden and the America Brothers, Jarred McGinnis and Sam Taradash, are teaming up with the YARN squad to bring you a night...

Old habits…

Old habits…

It occurred to me today that I can’t recall the last time I heard a new joke. Strangely enough, when I was in Japan I would hear and tell jokes with some frequency. Between...

The word for today

The word for today

Facebook means that now I can get little updates from virtual strangers, usually written as if everyone reading was intimately familiar with the details of their current lives. “Oh, that’s just a regular night...

Another voice added to the din

Another voice added to the din

So, people in the US are upset about the prospect of… what? Creeping socialism and not being able to choose which doctor they can’t afford anyway? And people in the UK are upset because…...

Poor Michael Finnegan… begin again

Poor Michael Finnegan… begin again

Perhaps you’ve noticed the new look on the site. The changeover has not been without some difficulty, as I’ve had to tear down just about everything, and re-install everything else. A couple of times,...

Ask Dr. Literate*

Ask Dr. Literate*

The first in a series of explanations of idioms, classical allusions, or literary-sounding stuff that ought to make sense from context but doesn’t. What does it mean to wonder if one can ‘bend the...

Pen to paper, pedal to metal

Pen to paper, pedal to metal

Very little about the work of writing is glamorous. Unless it’s something like a television script or a play, there’s usually just one person working alone. Speaking for myself, it’s not the sort of...