Ok Commuter – Journey/Arrival

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The train lurches toward London with what passes for acceleration.  Tracks that betray their age connect the outposts of the stockbroker belt and the prosaic clusters of the advancing new estates of South London to a common purpose.  Suburban stations of brief encounter and high rise halts that scream functionality sweep by in a mishmash of… Read more.

Ok Commuter – Departure

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  It’s a daily numbers game – a balance of timing and logistics.  It’s 6.40 for the 6.48.  Fall back position is on the 7.07.  God forbid it’s the 7.14…  Wait any longer and the equation usually includes leaves; snow; signal failure – or suicide.  Two God-given, one man-made and the other a public/private initiative…. 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.