‘You Only Ever See The Best Things In Life Out The Corner Of Your Eye’

By Saturday, August 10, 2013 0 Permalink

Shops are dead. Long live the shop! We all mourn the loss of the high street and criticise the rise in dull and soulless chain stores, but sometimes something comes along which makes you smile and hold out some hope and optimism. Last week I stumbled into a shop which does exactly that. Carpo at 16 Piccadilly is almost invisible stuck on what has become coffee shop central - that section of Piccadilly swamped on both sides of the street with one coffee shop after the other, both of large chain variety and small. Boring. So, as I was about to catch a bus I noticed out the corner of my eye a sign saying 'Nuts, Chocolate and Coffee'! Enticing enough. I stumbled through the door in my weak and peckish state on the search for a nice little healthy snack. Victor Pelevin may have written that you see the best things in life out the corner ...

‘Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word lacks imagination’

By Saturday, July 6, 2013 0 Permalink

Naughty Mark Twain... One should not encourage incorrect spelling. This matter has recently become my bête noire, and something I did a few days ago is further proof. I corrected someone's caption and subsequent comments on a photo sharing app. So, you know the type of thing, inane banter or the sharing of in depth personal information back and forth between strangers who either type badly or are illiterate. Or both. Adults who use American teen speak, and would abbreviate the word 'so', if it were it possible. The word in question has no American alternative and had been mispelt each time someone made the comment, perpetuating the error, and it was beginning to make me twitch with annoyance every time I scrolled down! So I added the correct form. In capitals. No one seemed to mind or mention it. They probably just wondered why I had written the word in a different form. It all seems so ...

‘Generation Kindergarten’

By Thursday, December 27, 2012 0 Permalink

My new catchphrase. You like? For some time I have observed in those around me the demise of adulthood. Aspects of childhood have certainly been compromised too but it is because adults have become so increasingly immature that children have lost some of their own child like qualities. How damaging for everyone this is. Both adults and children. There is a very significant difference between being childlike and being immature. Being childlike is to some extent, an admirable trait in an adult; to have awe in things, not be jaded and cynical and to be able to enjoy the simpler offerings in life. To be immature, well I think we can see what effect that has had on society as a whole. The adults have vanished, and like a classroom with the teacher absent, chaos ensues. Who is actually in charge? I stumbled upon a comment recently on the occasionally witty and always engaging blog 'A Model Recommends', which ...