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 →

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 →

Tales from a Tent – a new adventure!

By way of small update, I wanted to announce the launch of my second website, Tales from a Tent! For any travel or camping fans, this will represent a more focussed exploration of the topic, whereas Tom’s Tales of Woe are considerably more general. It’s taken a fair degree of effort to prepare it, though... Continue Reading →

The Precariat: What is it, and why does it matter?

The ‘Precariat’, a term first coined by economist Guy Standing, refers to an emerging, multi-dimensional class in society, forced into an unstable relationship with employment. People who, through no fault of their own, but as a by-product of the global capitalist system painfully birthed into the 21st Century, cannot obtain secure work. The Precariat itself... Continue Reading →

What are we allowed to say?

Often, people like to complain they no longer know which words they are allowed to say anymore. They present these forbidden words as some great calamity, caused solely by over-the-top political correctness single-handedly destroying freedom of speech. As if the words are no longer appropriate for no reason, omitting the unfortunate and exclusionary history distilled... Continue Reading →

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