Category Archives: Writing

2017

So, 2017. Like 2016 but worse. Political incompetence, dishonour and deceit in UK and US governments. “Social murder” – inequality exposed in the Grenfell Tower fire and its aftermath. “Economic murder” – evidence of a correlation between austerity policies and … Continue reading

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Present Shock

Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock is about the experience of living in accelerating complexity. It looks at the social, economic and political conditions that are changing increasingly rapidly and the psychological effects this is having on our perception of the world … Continue reading

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Critical Reading and Listening

Political and economic turbulence in the UK since the EU referendum. A lot of news and uncertainty. Amongst all this, some things offer orientation, clarity and hope – critical analyses for times of crisis. And there’s been lots of good … Continue reading

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Update

Apologies for neglecting this blog for a while. Here’s a brief update on things. For The Wire magazine I wrote a review of Timothy D Taylor’s latest book, Music and Capitalism: A History of the Present. Review published in the … Continue reading

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2015 reading

Most of the stuff I read in 2015 was about economics and politics. This was a deliberate effort to plug some gaps in my knowledge, prompted by following the news on the deepening economic crisis in Greece, the subsequent rise … Continue reading

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Aesthetic + Complexity Word Frequency

Google Ngram Viewer shows the frequency of words or phrases in books. This the chart for the words aesthetic and complexity between the years 1700 and 2000:Complexity overtakes aesthetic from 1962, and the frequency of both dip around the time of … Continue reading

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Railways and Reading

Since starting a job in Leicester six months ago, I’ve been travelling to work by rail. On the return journey, the railway follows the river Soar going North out of Leicester all the way up to Ratcliffe, then takes a … Continue reading

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