No perfect worlds

The train home got stuck today – not because it was broken, or that the young woman driving it had forgotten how, but due to cable theft somewhere along the maze of lines – she pulled over to make sure we didn’t crash into anyone. Usually when this happens, we’re stuck between stations and we […]


It feels like I live in such strange times – lately I struggle to find words – it seems like the phrases I know won’t quite cover it. Why? Is is because the phrases I know are outdated and haven’t kept up with the times? No, I don’t think so. It’s more like the times […]

So, this is today

It’s a sweetly grey day – warm, dry, a fresh breeze that feels like cool water – and it should be my favourite sort of day, a time for reflection with a gentle edge of melancholy. Instead, the edge feels more like unease. The night before last I ran a small experiment on Twitter to […]

Burning trains

The news shows a pic of a burning carriage, and it’s part of the train I used to travel in – every day for a decade. One of my best reading, writing and people-watching places in CT. Laughed and struggled with commuters all along that line – through stoppages, storms, delays, holidays, Mondays, summer Fridays […]

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 […]