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Author: Glenn

A Novel Idea

I’ve started work on a novel. I’m 9,000 words in and, as yet, I’ve maintained my momentum, resisted the pull of lazy-fucker-itis, ignored the Inner Critic, and just written my little heart out. I’m planning on 80,000 words for this first attempt, so by using my incredible mathematic ability that means the mythical First Draft is over 10 percent complete. Get me! Also, during this period (about two weeks), I’ve managed to finish draft one of a short story (4,000 words). It needs polishing etc., but I think it’ll soon be time to find it a home. It’s a horror story. Any potential market suggestions would be welcome (paying markets only – I’ve decided it’s about time I got paid for this...

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Radio Lab

Radio Lab is a podcast produced by WNYC and is, without doubt, the best series of podcasts I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to. For the unacquainted (remedy that sorry situation by becoming acquainted!) Radio Lab takes a subject and examines it thoroughly. The podcasts cover numerous, diverse, surprising and fascinating areas, including Stress, Time, Placebo, Earthworms, Sperm and Choice.  Always immaculately produced, Radio Lab brims with style. The podcasts are full of great moments, odd facts, heart-rending stories, and interviews with experts in that field. Radio Lab has been around for a few years now – enough time to compile a list of subjects that are sure to contain something to pique the interest of the passing listener. It’s truly brilliant. I could not recommend Radio Lab highly enough....

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Over To You

Over To You I am currently reading Over To You by Roald Dahl.Over To You is a collection of short stories about flying. Drawn in part from Roald Dahl’s time spent serving in the RAF, the stories delve into flying an aircraft and all its inherent dangers and thrills. More than that, though, the book offers insights into the psychology of a pilot during wartime. I’ve only read the first two stories of the collection, but the second story in particular, reminds me of the terrific programme Tales Of The Unexpected, which was around in the late seventies and eighties, and was also the product of Mr Dahl’s incredible imagination. My appetite has been whetted for more of Roald Dahl’s adult-oriented...

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Michelle’s Birthday Meal

On 30th October, Michelle and I went to a Chinese restaurant called Ho Wah to celebrate her 31st birthday (a day early). Although the restaurant frontage wasn’t overly inviting, once inside there was a lovely feel to the place, akin to being back in the eighties. The decor and the gentle quiet atmosphere mentally transported me to another, less fraught, less rapid era. We got a secluded table for two, and were able to chill out completely. No hassle from the staff (who were courteous, kind and respectful), serene ambience, good food. I’m not a regular Chinese food eater –  it’s not my favourite type of cuisine – but this meal was mighty fine! Below is a picture of my starter. Michelle ate her usual Chinese extravaganza – Beef Chow Mein, although she couldn’t polish it all off. All in all a fabulous place to eat and a relaxed...

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Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

It’s true! Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You… Just finished reading this great book. Marcus Chown also wrote another excellent book called The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead which I wholeheartedly...

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Liverpool In Europe

Liverpool need a win tonight to maintain a realistic chance of qualifying from their Champions League group. Fingers crossed the Reds can do...

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System Of A Downer

Stupid Parts of the system of government in Britain are stupid. There, I’ve said it. In particular the system for appointing ministers and their aides. Roles appear to get offered around like candy. This is how it doesn’t work. A minister can be a “minister for education” one week, and a “minister for employment” the next week (as happened with my former colleague Jim Knight). Essentially, the minister jumps between entire sectors on the whim of the PM. The problem with this method of bandying out jobs is that ministers become jacks of all trades but masters of none. How is it possible to go from being an expert on education in the United Kingdom (and doing a proficient job, having accumulated time and thus experience in the post), to being an expert on employment? I’m sure each position is a demanding one, and each requires unique skills. Obviously some skills used in one position can be transferred across disciplines. But in-depth knowledge of education does not translate into in-depth knowledge of employment. It’s ridiculous. If my employer told me to start designing web pages, I couldn’t do it. I don’t have the knowledge or experience. I do have some transferable skills (I’m a graphic designer), but I don’t have the requisite knowledge of HTML and CSS. If I had to, I could talk a good game regarding web...

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