Songs for Sovereign Professionals: Maggie’s Farm

This song has been hijacked so many times, not least by the UK’s loony left, protesting against Margaret Thatcher. Wikipedia will tell you it’s a protest against protest folk songs. Take the song at face value: as a protest against wage-slavery and a call for the freedom of sovereign professionalism. There are numerous recordings of this. […]

My word for the month: omniana

“Omniana – Notes or scraps of information about all kinds of things.” Shorter Oxford English Dictionary I love stumbling across new words. Omniana sits well with the habit I’m trying to acquire of maintaining a commonplace book.

The Essentials, from Nicholas Bate

We love well-constructed lists. Nicholas gives us the Essentials 101. We’re up to 60 so far, but I’m behind the curve. Personal highlights: 6. Build your library 11. Manage your mood with walks, play-lists and sufficient sleep. 40. Have time free from technology 54. Watch less news Regarding 54, we should all be informed, but 24-hour news channels of […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: Werewolves of London

“Little old lady got mutilated late last night; Werewolves of London again.” Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon Warren Zevon was such a talented songwriter. He was musical and he was literate. He was eloquent and he was deliciously dark. He was part of the West Coast scene in the 70s, along with the Eagles and […]

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Echoes through time: They lose the day …

“They lose the day in waiting for the night, and the night in fearing the dawn.” Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD), On the Shortness of Life  

Politics is the art of looking for trouble …

Groucho Marx via Execupundit: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” Our Home Secretary’s skin-crawlingly poisonous plan to force firms to declare their foreign workers comes to mind. That can hardly be a way to build a successful, global-trading economy. It’s no way to […]

The four agreements …

Don Miguel Ruiz, via Cultural Offering: 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best.” — Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

I’ve been away…

… and now I’m back. It’s so easy to slip out of the habit. Work got very busy – always a good thing – and then Christmas and then more busy-ness. And ,then it was nearly a whole year. Work is still busy but the itch got too big to ignore, so I’ve tentatively dipped […]

Songs for Sovereign Professionals: Hello, Hooray

The sovereign professional walks a solitary path. Sometimes you need a lift, something big and empowering and energising. This has been the opening song on my daily soundtrack for the last few months. “God, I feel so strong!” Here’s Alice Cooper’s original album version… And, if you have the album, check out Generation Landslide and Elected. Cooper […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: School’s Out

“Well we got no class And we got no principles And we got no innocence We can’t even think of a word that rhymes” School’s Out, Alice Cooper (Bruce, Buxton, Cooper, Dunaway, Smith) This bears a moment’s thought, and then another moment beyond that. On first hearing it’s simply a great song with a raucous […]

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