Of late you may have noticed I've been banging on about how much I'm enjoying reading and how over the previous twelve months I've read more than I have, possibly, in all of my twenty-five years of living combined. Seeing as my childhood reading consisted of the somewhat holy tri-factor of Asterix, Tintin and Spider-man … Continue reading Read it Wrong
It's that time of the year when we attempt to boil down the year that's gone by into a never ending series of lists from the best movies to the best albums to the best moments and as ever its been a very busy year. This being my fiftieth post of the year, which earlier … Continue reading A Year Reviewed, Differently
In 2008 the US financial market saw itself rocked by an incredible crisis following the bubble bursting on its own housing market. However a nifty few saw their investments sky rocket thanks to their considerable pursuit of subprime mortgage bonds, CDOs and Credit Default swaps. It was a tale that unfolded in dramatic fashion and … Continue reading Dumb Smart
Just the other day I was chatting with a colleague at work about one of my all time favourite films and as I was ramping up my reasonings I described the film thusly, '...it's bold, beautiful, boring and brilliant'. I'm not quite sure why my brain was spewing alliteration or how so cohesively. Nonetheless I … Continue reading It’s good to be boring!
This week marked an incredible achievement on my part as I finally finished Richard Fords' The Sportswriter. While finishing such a book, for those in the know, may not rank in the upper echelons of neither being a challenging nor a long read. Such as the likes of say, War and Peace, Ulysses or Anna … Continue reading Self-Contracted
The saying has always gone, 'Don't judge a book by it's cover.' Yet the modern book industry is in part based on the exact opposite mentality. Books are all about design, they are art inside and out. There are of course a multitude of ways of selling a book an authors reputation, by word of mouth, … Continue reading A Cover Story
I've graduated. I've got a flat. I've got a job. And I'm pretty happy. But now what... the words of Palahniuk via the vocals of Tyler occasionally pop into my head. For nearly all my life whether I've known about it or not I've been working towards something. I went to school to be able … Continue reading What now?!