January 8, 2014

Praising controversy?

Apparently, I’ve caused a ‘political storm’ by publicly praising Enfield Council officers for doing great work… I’m sorry, but credit where credit is due; they have maintained a high standard of services whilst their budget was reduced by nearly 30% – in fact, resident satisfaction has gone up and no frontline services have been cut despite the budget reduction. If praising that kind of performance is wrong because I’m a Tory and we’re meant to only bash the Public Sector, then I’m happy to be wrong all day long. The fact that we have public servants who are prepared to […]
November 25, 2013

World War III: The war on Climate Change

Every day, we read about another weather event that is endangering life, whether it is Superstorm Sandy that affected the Caribbean and American East Coast, the Bangladesh floods of the summer of 2012, the unprecedented floods and high tides currently affecting the United Kingdom, or the incredibly high water levels in Venice that threaten to finally plunge it under the sea. Picture of Flooding in Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy (Photo: AFP/Getty) In 2012 we have seen extreme weather events affecting every part of the world, but yet still the great nations of Earth continue to spend their money on […]
October 17, 2013

I have a confession to make.

I should be embarrassed to have to make this confession, but I’m not, because this has been an important realisation for me… I’ve finally learned, after forty years, that the characteristic that I value the most – and find most attractive – in the opposite sex, is intelligence. I don’t really care how long a lady’s legs are, or what her waist size is – what turns me on these days is intellect and intelligence. Arguably, I should have known this many years ago, but I think that men are conditioned by media and society to value women mainly at a […]
February 10, 2013

I’ve finally decided to come out and admit the truth.

For years I have struggled with an important personal issue that many of my family and friends have speculated about, and recent developments have convinced me that now is the time to come clean and finally admit it… I’m vegetarian. And proud! Ever since I was a child, I’ve had an unusual relationship with meat… My mother often complained that the only meat I would eat was sausages or chicken breast – I’ve always found chicken wings and legs pretty distasteful, and the occasional KFC Chicken Burger was probably the only time that I ever enjoyed eating ‘chicken’. My mother […]
January 23, 2013

Defeated by my American breakfast!

I had pancakes and syrup for breakfast. Correction. I attempted to have pancakes and syrup for breakfast, but was defeated by the ridiculous portion size and could only eat about half, which means that in the eyes of my American friends I’m now officially a ‘pussy’. What I ate was probably my recommended calorific intake for the day. However, I am soon going to lunch, where my stomach will be subjected to a burrito, thereby probably doubling my required daily calorific intake before 13:00 and I still have dinner ahead of me. It’s impossible to stay slim here in Silicon Valley.