Punch your weight

There’s a scene in one of my favourite films of all time, High Fidelity:  John Cusack’s character says that he can’t stay with the incredibly glamorous woman Charlie because she’s way too much for him – “you have to punch your weight”, he says. Today I think that he’s right. On another day I’d brush that […]

Farewell to a mensch

I come to everything late. Not meetings or appointments – no, more to things that most people take for granted. Not sure why that is, but it is, which is why I only stumbled across Anthony Bourdain about a decade ago. It was a second-hand copy of Kitchen Confidential looking up at me from the […]


If you’re ever invited onto a panel/show or to a debate and realise a few minutes in that you’re there as the fall-guy, please do the following: 1. Calm yourself to an almost comatose level of serenity – you’ll need it for the next step. 2. If you’re constantly being interrupted, the chances are that […]

Stop, start, stop – repeat.

So, my inner inkwell runs dry and I spend a week pouring every kind of thought onto the scabby surface to loosen something, anything. As usual, the solution presents itself while I’m looking away: a friend is tweeting daily reports on his bike tour around South Africa and he mentions a local chocolate drink favoured […]

When blogs were new

Back when I was a moderator on forums and blogs were new territory. Rhymes-n-Reason Tue 27 Jul 2010, 15:57       Life and times of Letterdash Let me begin by saying that I have no stake in the current posts about Letterdash, and I admire the moderators of LD for their patience and dedication. Managing […]

About this new life..

    I’ve been putting this off for months, but (as is the way with procrastination), it just gets harder the longer you wait, so here goes with part one of the promised missive. It’s not been laziness, I promise – more disorientation and being overwhelmed, I guess. You all know me well enough to […]