Essentials 101, the complete list from Nicholas Bate

The full 101, well worth a ponder: 96. Visit places where there is no concrete, no electricity, no wi-fi. Just as a simple reminder of where you really are and its wonder and power.  

Talk your way to power

Language lover and Inky Fool, Mark Forsyth on the figures of rhetoric. Entertaining and informative: His book The Elements of Rhetoric is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in effective language. A couple of others are Sam Leith’s You Talkin’ To Me? and Joseph Romm’s Language Intelligence.      

The most regretful people on earth …

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” Mary Oliver, via Brain Pickings.  

The Office of Introspection

What a great idea, from Execupundit: “Large organizations could benefit from an Office of Introspection, which would ideally have a small staff with the job of identifying two things …” Find out what they are, here.

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 […]


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 […]

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