April 13, 2021

I think three problems with writing are firstly that I’m positively biased towards my own writing, secondly, I know how I want it to come across when I’m writing it and thirdly, writing can be a lot of work. So as well as feeling personally sensitive to criticism as any human does, if the criticism…

December 8, 2020

“When I came to China, the cold-water taps on the water dispensers at the airport didn’t work and all these Chinese people were just getting hot water out of the machine and I just couldn’t believe it! I tried to tell them and they just ignored me and kept getting the hot water out of…

May 2, 2020

Preface to the second edition: Shortly after I posted it, someone said to me this article looked angry and at the time I agreed but waved it off as a depiction of the reasonable emotion accompanying the blog post. Still, I think out of control anger is unhelpful and I trust the reviewer so couldn’t…

March 17, 2020

All right, so here we are with women’s suffrage in many countries though far from universal and slavery ostensibly outlawed everywhere but I think the crust is fragile and pus bubbles up through the cracks. There’s hope in that we’ve come this far and despair in the way people are reacting to COVID19. If you’re…