Monday, January 26, 2009

Word of the Day #3

I suspect we all want to satisfy our senses, and wallow in luxury - at least I hope so. Hedonism is the only ambition in town.

I found this word in the Terry-Thomas biog, Bounder, which contains fantastic anecdotes if being somewhat short on emotive detail. Almost 'bang on' you might say.

I knew nothing of Sybaris, but now I do and I'm happy to share it with you.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Time for the FA Cup cliché

Another round, another cliché. Perhaps 'under-doggedly' works well; for those teams who play in the lower divisions but through their persistence manage to harass their way through at least 60 minutes of a match against premiership opposition without being overwhelmed. Of course it all ends in tears, but maybe only after a replay and an open-top bus trip through their town.

I just fear losing to another team in claret & blue.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Today's metro horoscope suggests that I challenge my public perception. Without discussing the merits of bothering to read a horoscope I'm forced to wonder how you even attempt to change other people's perception of you.

The key problem is do you know how you're perceived by others? It's hardly as if you can get them to complete a questionnaire. If we accept that what you see isn't necessarily what you get, how much can you actually know of yourself or others?

Like many of my thoughts and considerations, these may be questions without answers. You can only hope to project the image you'd like to see of yourself, the image you admire in others - that's the ideal, then hope for the best!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


If I smile at everyone I see today, how many of them will think I'm a simpleton. How many will think I'm drunk, or mentally deficient, or a dirty old man? How many simply won't notice?

Are there fixed percentages or does it depend upon the smile, or the individual receiving it? Will the perception improve if the individuals already know me, or does that depend on if they like me or not?

Or should I just not bother, and frown - as usual......

Monday, January 12, 2009

The wrong arm of the law

When not infringing civil liberties at least the plod can be relied upon to prosecute serious criminals

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Word of the Day #2


A friend of mine, who happens to be an esteemed psychologist and life coach, insists we should all start to use this. He wants to ensure its inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary 2009. Use it unsparingly, or spunkaliciously whenever, wherever it fits.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Never trust your online 'friends'

Or at least never ask them for help:

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Nostrodamus process

It's a new year, so in a very predictable fashion it's time for everyone to prophesize over what'll happen in the next 12 months. The only reliable prediction is that by the end of December we'll all have forgotten what predictions were actually made.