Finally, the election is upon us. I am desperate for a Labour win. My feelings can be summed up by a phrase a friend used recently about the situation – “I can handle despair, it’s the hope that’s killing me!”
Seriously, my nerves are shot. It was one thing when MayBot announced the election and the feeling was that, with the state of the opinion polls, a Tory victory appeared almost certain. Now those numbers for the Tories have all but evaporated, and it’s too close to call.
I don’t think mainstream electoral politics has been this inspiring sine the mid 90s. Yes, it might have been Blair, and we all know what followed. But at the time of the 97 election the Tories were hated and falling apart. Blair had a broad appeal to the middle ground, and particularly women voters. At the same time people knew that change was actually possible. Continue reading →
Last weekend I traveled down south with my fiance for our Dorset stag and hen do’s.
I was born and brought up in Poole, Dorset. I moved up to the Manchester area to go to Salford University in 2001, and have lived up here ever since.
When you consider the beauty of the place, I often get asked why I haven’t moved back home. It’s not quite the idyllic land of farmers and yacht owning millionaires everyone thinks it is. Continue reading →
In my last blog I looked at techniques I use to increase my productivity through mindfulness, meditation, and journalling. Here I will talk about a further journalling technique that helps me to take time to reflect – the 5 Minute Journal.
Spending time in your distant past is not helpful, but taking time to reflect on your immediate past can be. It is about looking at the here and now, not about ruminating on a time long since gone. Continue reading →
In the last few years I have been particularly conscious of improving my personal productivity. That sounds very clinical, but as a self-employed writer and comedian, that means looking at my methods of working. How to make them better. Continue reading →
Just after New Year I traveled for something that I have never done before, to see tributes laid outside the final resting place of a celebrity that had passed away. I went to the home of George Michael.
It would feel unusual enough admitting to that if I was a massive fan of his. But I wasn’t, so it definitely feels weird! Continue reading →
November is ‘National Novel Writing Month’, or NaNoWriMo for short. The challenge is to write 50,000 words within the month, and this year I am taking on the challenge myself.
Which means NaNoWriMo is no mean feat, as that translates as 1667 words per day. By no means impossible on any normal day, but unfortunately every day cannot be classed as ‘normal’. Certainly not in my life, anyway. Continue reading →
The onslaught against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership continues, although sadly the main culprits have come from within the Labour Party itself. Corbyn looks likely to win, but even then, the Labour right are unlikely to stop their attacks. But as he fights back, you get the feeling that even amongst his own support some are wavering.
Not the hardcore Corbynistas within Momentum, Corbyn’s group within the Labour Party. There is no doubt they are committed to the very end. It’s more those who either joined, or at least turned hopefully towards the Labour party, when he originally stood as leader. They agree with all that he stands for, but now fear he may be genuinely unelectable. Continue reading →
I recently returned from a week of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. As usual, it was a mix of tiring flyering, endless walking (somehow, always uphill), watching brilliant shows, and performing to a huge mixture of audiences. I came back exhausted, but inspired.
I have been going up to the festival for a number of years, and feel that I was better prepared this year than ever before. Health wise at least. Continue reading →
On 11th June I turned 34. It’s fair to say that more has been packed into the month since then than in the entirety of my 33rd year.
England played their first match at the European Championships against Russia on my birthday. If anything, we should be thankful for the England football team, because so far they are the only thing that has maintained consistency, i.e. disappointment. For the money those lads get paid, that’s the least we can ask for. Continue reading →