Blog library

Delve into the full archive of blog posts… Everything I’ve written will appear on this page, organised chronologically, giving you a (hopefully interesting) mixture of short stories, travel blogs, or contemporary commentaries.

Feel free to browse, if you’re simply hoping to find something new. Excuse the chaos of some of my earlier posts, as this site represents my first attempt at blogging. I’m always open to comments, and will endeavour to reply quickly if you have any thoughts.

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Apologies again to my many, many readers for whom my posting infrequency must be torturous. I’ve been largely preoccupied by various other writing projects, leaving little time for additional wordage. By way of another brief update, gainful employment has also extinguished much of my other free time, which has been for the purpose of funding… Continue Reading →

Microsoft Office integrates ‘Woke’ features into its spell check

I recently discovered, entirely by accident, that the latest Microsoft Office update has added an ‘inclusivity’ check to its editor. The result is a new host of words receiving the dreaded underline, with alternatives suggested once you hover over them.  This includes words like ‘mankind’, ‘manpower’, ‘postman’, or ‘blackmail’. Apparently. Only the latter was actually… Continue Reading →

A voyage to Australia

The eagle-eyed of you might have spotted an extended and (slightly) uncharacteristic absence on this site. Well, exciting news for anyone interested: I’ve relocated to Australia. From the UK, that is. It’s probably important you knew where I started.  After partially re-opening their borders, Australia is beginning to welcome tourists back into the country, witnessing… Continue Reading →

Camping in the peak district

Why can’t we have nice things?

Admittedly, that phrase might be successfully applied to a plethora of significant concerns. I’m sure we could discuss the intricacies of human psychology and community interactions, but that would be boring. And depressing. Instead, I’d like to talk about something fun: Wordle. If you haven’t encountered it yet, Wordle has a fairly simple premise. It’s… Continue Reading →

This might be a good time to define “Western values”.

Tensions have existed between Russia and the Western world for over seventy years. It’s hardly surprising, given that Cold War thinking defined multiple generations of foreign policy, that attitudes of suspicion linger. The latest episode in the ongoing saga are disputes over Ukraine, with Russia insisting the region is vital for security reasons, the West… Continue Reading →

Statues continue to upset Conservative MPs

Several prominent Conservative MPs voiced their disapproval of the ‘Colton Four’ acquittal by jury verdict, some even claiming this outcome undermined the rule of law. Needless to say, the ongoing debates swirling around statues continue to upset Conservative MPs. I think it’s important to note multiple lawyers, which is to say professionals actually versed in… Continue Reading →

Boycotting the Winter Olympics

Boycotting the Winter Olympics

Imagine you’re invited to a dinner party. You might not be especially close to the hosts, but a mutual friend, also invited, informs you that a fabulous banquet is in store. In fact, this glorious meal occurs but once every four years. As such, it’s a true spectacle. Guests congregate on the expansive front lawn,… Continue Reading →

Matt Hancock did more than ‘breach Covid guidelines’

Matt Hancock has been gracious enough to apologise once again for ‘breaching Covid guidelines’. That’s his euphemism for having an affair. But whilst it’s in the news again, however irrelevantly at this stage, let’s remember his actions consisted of more than simply flouting social distancing guidelines. It was embarrassing, of course, and his position did… Continue Reading →

Is tennis teetering on the brink of controversy?

As 2021 draws to a close, we have plenty to be thankful for. Simultaneously, much is alarming. Far from escaping the clutches of COVID-19, that particular virus seems poised to strike viciously against an apathetic population. Migrant crises are exploding on the Polish border and across the English channel. Climate breakdown is unrepentant, as are… Continue Reading →

Thanks for coming, everyone.

If anyone missed it, the diplomatic pantomime of Cop26 has unfolded over this past fortnight. Well, I’ve been somewhat distracted, so a few weeks ago now. Proceedings were ushered in under the shadow of the UN’s latest IPCC report declaring a “code red for humanity. And, well, “We showed up” said Joe Biden, criticising China… Continue Reading →

Are there any climate change optimists

Are there any climate optimists?

This is not a climate change blog. It’s a website dedicated to discussing any issue that catches my attention, whilst also providing an outlet to share travel and short stories. For all my complaining, it’s fun. But I have noticed these past few updates rather obsessing over the climate change topic. Part of that has… Continue Reading →

The esteemed charlatan

The esteemed charlatan.

Tension lashed across the courtyard, whipping and cracking against the walls. Nervous onlookers peered through the trembling glass at the mass of protestors below. In turn, the jostling crowd spat frenzied ire at the building, slurring vague demands into their disgusted tirade. Gazing at the assembly from afar, one man beamed outwardly. Alfie Darkson. He… Continue Reading →

Scientists plan to revive woolly mammoths

Scientists plan to resurrect woolly mammoths

The wonder of technological potential is ceaseless. It’s projected that, within the next couple of years, woolly mammoths might be resurrected, to immense consequences. A long-extinct species might once again roam the earth. However bleak today might seem, astounding technological innovations always have the potential to dramatically alter the world. Whether beneficial or not, we’re… Continue Reading →

Where does football's virtue signalling end

Where does football’s virtue signalling end?

Forgive the deliberately provocative title, though it is at least relevant. Many have attributed the rise in players ‘taking a knee’ to nothing more than virtue signalling. I’ve always optimistically assumed that claim to be false, but big decisions are on the horizon. The key factor is determining whether substance exists in football’s virtue signalling…. Continue Reading →

Will the traditional working week undergo transformation?

Society has endured perhaps the most far-reaching shifts in recent history, certainly of my living memory. The reach of the COVID-19 pandemic has been truly global, and the ensuing responses have touched almost every living human’s lives. So, what of the traditional working week? One such dramatic change was the introduction of stay-at-home orders. Offices… Continue Reading →

What is the 'liberal woke agenda'

What is the ‘Woke Liberal Agenda’?

I’m honestly perplexed. So many phrases have been introduced in recent years that I simply cannot keep pace. ‘Cancel Culture’. ‘Woke’. ‘Liberal snowflakes’. Who, exactly, do they describe? I partly assume they’ve been adopted in unhappy response to some of the progressive changes we’ve experienced. I’m just not clear on who the actors in this… Continue Reading →

The legacy of the Olympic Games

The legacy of the Olympic Games

The Olympic Games have concluded, but their legacy lives on. Theoretically, at least. Barely out of their shadow, we can already anticipate the imminent Paralympics, alongside a mere six-month wait for Beijing and three-year gap until Paris. It’s always an exciting time to be a sports fan. For an all-too-brief fortnight, however, the Olympic Games… Continue Reading →

Climate change: is it too late?

Climate Change: is it too late?

Does it ever feel like we’ve come too far? Climate change is the single greatest issue in our species’ history, yet we’ve consistently exhibited a failing in desire to tackle it. Not the capacity, but the willingness. Which is the greatest tragedy. The ability is within our grasp. We just have to seize it. Climate… Continue Reading →

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