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 […]