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
Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret information in such a way as to back up your existing beliefs. We see this all the time online.
As a Socialist, I abhor bigotry. I don’t like to see things being shared on social media designed to get a reaction against a specific group. 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
The debate around membership of the European Union (EU) is hotting up now in anticipation of the referendum on 23rd June.
As it stands, the arguments for a “Leave” vote has been dominated by the racist right, including UKIP and some of the worst examples of the Tory party. Continue reading
Football is simply a pastime, a sport. Yet, to many who follow a football team it is a passion that is central not only to their life, but also defines them.
The tribal loyalty it invokes has in the past given witness to scenes of horrific hooligan violence, but now has developed into something else – a hybrid of those old days of masculine working class defiance, and the open ways of thinking that have come since.
In 70s and 80s, to follow football was a gritty affair. Continue reading
There is a fight going on within the Labour party that is dragging in the whole left, and being stoked and watched closely by the media. That is the argument that anti-Semitism is a serious problem within the party.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended following comments made in interviews where he was discussing a Labour MP, Naz Shah, who herself had been suspended. Continue reading