As a revolutionary, Trotsky never writes in a vacuum, separate from practice. As with Lenin and others, it is important when reading any of his work to understand what was happening in politics at that time, and what he was responding to. Underlying any of his thoughts on art and culture are wider arguments he is carrying forward. Continue reading
Politicians must be delighted. They are increasingly facing a backlash as they endure questions about the lack of PPE and testing to combat the Coronavirus crisis.
But now they have an enemy they can use to distract away from their own shortcomings – footballers.
For the most part, this crisis has shown within society our resilience and sense of community at its best. We look out for each other, setting up community action groups. Offering to get shopping and vital supplies for older and vulnerable neighbours. Continue reading
During the upheaval of this lockdown, many people are struggling to maintain good and healthy routines, and sleep is an essential part of that.
It does seem kind of crazy that sleep should be a difficult thing to do. Afterall, it is the very definition of ‘doing nothing’. How can doing nothing be difficult? Continue reading
As I write this, we are a week or so in to social distancing due to the Corona virus. Comedian’s like myself have been hit hard due to bars, theatres, etc being shut down. As such, our normal income has been cut entirely.
Being, by definition, entrepreneurial, many comics and promoters have come up with other ways to generate income from their own home, usually by putting content out online and asking for donations. This has created for me yet another way for my stupid brain to generate anxiety. Continue reading
Here are a couple of new clips, about online dating and Corona virus, filmed while I performed at the ‘New Stuff’ night at the Manchester Comedy Store, Sunday 8th March 2020. If you enjoy, please like the videos on Youtube, and subscribe to my channel :-)
The problem with online dating:
This is it, the last day of the Fringe. The 25th, and final, performance of Shit Socialist.
I can’t say that this hit me particularly in the morning, as I still had my normal routine to go through. It’s hard to get emotional when you still have to face a good couple of hours of flyering. Continue reading
My alarm went off at 10.15am this morning. Looking at my phone for the first time, I saw that I had a missed call from Sally.
I rang her back and she said “are you up?” Continue reading
The sun is shining in Edinburgh, and it looks like it’s here to stay. Well, until the end of the festival in two days time, anyway.
Not that I’m a fool of course – I’m still carrying around waterproofs at all times. Edinburgh weather cannot be trusted. Stupid, stupid weather. Continue reading
Today was the last of my midweek shows. From tomorrow we move in to the territory of the final weekend.
It’s been a strange few days in one way, as I’ve had a lot less contact with people. For over two weeks I was sharing a house with the ComedySportz guys, and that meant constant company, including going to shows with people. Continue reading