Friday, May 13, 2016

Why Successful People are so Boring

There's a really good article in The Guardian today by Gabby Hinsliff.

Her subject is successful career women, but in my experience it could just as easily apply to successful business men:

It was only after a panellist cheerily remarked one year that the price of having four kids and a successful business is having zero cultural hinterland – no hobbies, no opinions on the hit Sunday night drama you didn’t have time to watch, no time or energy to read anything more challenging than a glossy magazine – that the penny dropped. Looking at what successful people do is only half the picture. It’s what they don’t do, in order to fit in all the impressive stuff, that’s revealing.

Zero cultural hinterland - that's exactly right, and explains just how mind numbingly boring many successful people are, and how narrow and focussed they have to be.


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Great Essay on Donald Trump

It's looks almost certain that the American electorate (poor sods) will get an appalling choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

I loathe Hillary Clinton, but she's not as dangerous as Donald Trump.

Here's great essay by Andrew Sullivan, a writer and commentator I've admired for years, on Donald Trump and the threat he poses to America and the world.

It's rammed full of thought provoking stuff - here are a few selected quotes:

This is an age in which a woman might succeed a black man as president, but also one in which a member of the white working class has declining options to make a decent living...

The deeper, long-term reasons for today’s rage are not hard to find, although many of us elites have shamefully found ourselves able to ignore them. The jobs available to the working class no longer contain the kind of craftsmanship or satisfaction or meaning that can take the sting out of their low and stagnant wages. The once-familiar avenues for socialization — the church, the union hall, the VFW — have become less vibrant and social isolation more common. Global economic forces have pummeled blue-collar workers more relentlessly than almost any other segment of society, forcing them to compete against hundreds of millions of equally skilled workers throughout the planet. No one asked them in the 1990s if this was the future they wanted. And the impact has been more brutal than many economists predicted. No wonder suicide and mortality rates among the white working poor are spiking dramatically.

This is an age in which a woman might succeed a black man as president, but also one in which a member of the white working class has declining options to make a decent living. This is a time when gay people can be married in 50 states, even as working-class families are hanging by a thread. It’s a period in which we have become far more aware of the historic injustices that still haunt African-Americans and yet we treat the desperate plight of today’s white working ­class as an afterthought.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

One More Prediction

Here's another prediction to add to the two below:

The vile Hillary Clinton will narrowly beat the vile Donald Fart in the US Presidential election.


Friday, March 11, 2016

Two Predictions

Blogs are great for sticking your neck out and making predictions.

Here are two from me:

1) The British people will decide to remain in the European Union on the 23rd of June this year.

2) Maria Sharapova, recently caught doping at the Australian Open, will be banned from tennis for two and half years by the ITF.

I really ought to back up my predictions with a couple of bets.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Tennis is hard

Many non-tennis players don't realise how hard the game is, especially if they just watch Wimbledon a few times for a fortnight every year.

But this diagram explains just how tiny the margins are, even at amateur level tennis, and why the instructors always insist you keep your wrist firm and 'follow through' on all your shots.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Farewell 2015

The year ends in another couple of hours and guilt compels me to write something on the poor neglected blog.

As predicted I didn't find much time or motivation for the blog this year, despite there being a general election on the 7th of May, a trip to Wimbledon in June, and a lovely holiday in Symi in September. I've also had a promotion at work and a new boss and the team becomes part of a new department when we go back to work on Monday January 4th.

And so much for all that - hope you all had a good 2015, and I wish you a happy and prosperous 2016.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Be Careful What You Wish For...

A rare and happy event occurred this month - I was promoted.

But with the increased pay has come an increased workload and responsibilities. I'm working extremely hard and have no time for anything much outside the office.

So even in advanced middle age, I've been taught to be careful what you wish for.