The Ambition Thing

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How Is Yours Holding Up? Ambition is a complex word… it embodies an intangible; there is something of the night in its attribution – as if to find it in your DNA is to have discovered a defective gene in your mental make-up.  This is less about the presence of ambition but more about the… Read more.

Is This The Ugliest Little Word There Is?

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Mob… It’s only three letters and one syllable – but this brevity perfectly reflects the intrinsic knee-jerk reaction; the unthinking, often instantaneous urge for retribution that mob action entails.  It can be the unsavoury result of the endgame of both slow-burn or incendiary emotion but the fall-out remains the same. Mob is the short word… Read more.

The Like Virus

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 As if the austerity cuts, frequent storms, seasonal stress factors and the crisis in A&E have not produced enough of a strain on the populace of Britain… a government spokesman has identified the rise of an insidious epidemic among the young that threatens to spread unchecked to other defining social groups and demographics. The so-called… Read more.

Passion Play

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 Passion is something you can’t escape.  PASSION is writ large.  These days it’s difficult to do anything without stumbling over this word.  There once was a time it was possible to enjoy; to love: to simply do something.  Or – heaven forbid – prior to the lifestyle explosion, occasionally pass your leisure time with a… Read more.

The Three Salty Pillars Of Our Vocabulary

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IF the currency of communication was distilled down into its base(st) elements then three words/phrases would comfortably vie for the dubious distinction of podium positions.  If these three pillars of contemporary wisdom – incorporating commonality, curse, communion, confrontation and conversational comfort blanket – were committed to an instructional Government poster they could be hung on… Read more.

Yes; I Am A Banker – Part Two

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THERE was silence – apart from a few distant, random shrieks: desperate cries that local legend dictated came from what had been known as the Square Mile.  Truth or fiction… neither of us flinched: one lesson quickly learned by all who remained alive was to ignore what didn’t directly concern you.  After the initial bank… Read more.

Yes; I Am A Banker

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London: 03 July 2070… IT had been a long time since I had been in London.  The long decades of riots and acute unrest had given way to a sinister stand-off.  Concerted mass action was slowly replaced by vicious personal attacks as remaining citizens sought to keep their hand in while waiting to see which direction the… Read more.

Still Keeping Calm?

UBIQUITOUS, insidious; uplifting or invidious – whatever your take on the doctrine of the Zen Master of the high street gift shop you can’t deny the quiet power of the message or its ability to delight and infuriate in equal measure.  It’s a bona fide phenomenon that harks back to a simpler time when the… Read more.

Words, Phrases And Excess Baggage

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LANGUAGE is never static.  Words – like hemlines – depend on the whims of fashion.  One day a word will cover everything required: the next the wind of change leaves over exposure in its wake.  History competes with current trends; implied and overt meanings squabble for attention and our culture gets richer or more impoverished depending… Read more.