My tweets

My tweets

  • Fri, 12:15: RT @seasonalight: Chapter Severn – The Mouth – Deus Ex Machina https://t.co/qP0GqDs2KI On Capitalism and plot flaws, and more still. #Nat
  • Fri, 13:36: Capitalism is the Planet’s Cancer: Operate Before it’s too Late https://t.co/0giB8ZJKPW
  • Fri, 13:54: Episode Twenty-five: Healing - The Stubborn Light of Things https://t.co/n14rP67ohW / I do miss hearing these wonderful musings and interviews by @M_Z_Harrison
  • Fri, 14:01: “Solicitors under investigation by their regulator are increasingly citing workplace bullying as a reason for their misconduct, according to a report published yesterday.” https://t.co/4hhYfbZCfF
  • Fri, 18:01: I must remember that when you take a puppy (our little Eddie) up through the village you need to allow an extra hour for all the love and attention. #puppylove
  • Fri, 18:08: Why have the number of Covid19 cases in Devon gone through the roof?
  • Fri, 18:29: Now playing Gary Numan. Surprisingly daughter #3 likes my choice: Cars.
  • Fri, 18:45: My three girls work for some amazing companies: architecture (https://t.co/Ca8cWj4Rva), food (@Riverford) and hospitality @DartingtonTrust). I'm so proud of them and for the fact that they have made choices that will stand them in such good stead for the future.
  • Fri, 19:02: Daughter #3 is such an amazing singer. We're currently listening to my fav musical, Miss Saigon (Why God Why). She'd have been amazing in musical theatre.
  • Fri, 19:18: Now talking to daughter #3 about Colm Wilkinson. Saw him twice in Les Mis. I cried each time.
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  • Thu, 16:40: New word for me: ontogenetic.
  • Thu, 16:43: Am I wrong to think that any argument to avert the climate catastrophe without also considering the growing population or population more generally is innately flawed?
  • Thu, 17:20: Lying in politics is hardly new news.
  • Fri, 05:51: “I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together?” ― Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea
  • Fri, 06:25: I just published 'Shaken but not stirred' https://t.co/HJKITeBeXV
  • Fri, 08:49: First cup of coffee of the day. This puppy lark is bloomin' work hard 🤣.
  • Fri, 09:00: Coming Attractions For All Of Us https://t.co/xwK9xPesb5 / I absolutely love the poem. https://t.co/NCWyPXNo60
  • Fri, 09:09: I've fallen in love with this choral music and have played it for the last few weeks. Simply glorious. https://t.co/iOJkJUDobr
  • Fri, 09:24: Electric shock devices on humans now allowed once again - Marginal REVOLUTION https://t.co/P6ojLQtq1u / no, this isn't from the dark ages, this is now. It beggars belief that we still allow this to go on. https://t.co/kptXX4odkx
  • Fri, 09:35: Human Rights of Older Persons by Alan Gutterman https://t.co/oH6Jftn02q / something else to investigate; and it seems even more relevant in a world drunk on competence and the cult of 'be all you can be'.
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  • Wed, 15:00: Mrs S has taken the plunge and bought an electric car for work. Long overdue. I'm also close to selling my car. Back to riding my bike and using public transport — if I ever have to go back to the office. Daughter #3 is our car expert and will sell her super-reliable Audi A3.
  • Wed, 15:17: Why we're killing off all wildlife by Benjamin Cain. https://t.co/2XC09zlNrQ
  • Wed, 19:28: If we're (supposedly) the most intelligent animal on the planet, how come we've created such an enormous mess of things, namely the age of the Anthropocene?
  • Wed, 19:31: Top Ten Essential Bukowski Books — Outsiders and Misfits Blog https://t.co/bS1Il9t3Ud https://t.co/qJaDtxuvGz
  • Thu, 04:59: "You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere." — Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Thu, 06:15: I just published 'Words escape me' https://t.co/UmHdXtlJFG
  • Thu, 07:30: Weatherwatch: rainfall and heat records smashed in July https://t.co/qlrY2xIy7G https://t.co/RanIG3LKKY
  • Thu, 11:21: It's strange how all those people who voted for Brexit seem so quiet now. Perhaps the upside, if there was ever one, was mere puffery after all.
  • Thu, 11:42: Not quite best pals, yet 😂. https://t.co/xASmtLA1NG

The Age of the Anthropocene

Sorry for my absence.

I'm still writing, still sharing, still troubled aloud.

And here's the thing: we're in the middle of the 6th mass extinction and either we don't feel it strongly enough (for the record, I'm sure that's not the case!) or we're indifferent to the tentacles of its annihilation; namely, we've given up on giving a s***.

Sadly, I can't escape its clutches and right now I'm up to my neck trying to navigate a pathway between nihilism, misanthropy and a whole raft of human-centred problems. For the record, I think net-zero 2050 et al. is a smokescreen.

I'll get through but it's bloody painful. Of course, not nearly as dire as the situation whereby I've lost my house, all my possessions and my sanity.

Sorry if it's all a bit bleak but unlike others, when you live without hope what else is there to talk about?

My tweets

  • Tue, 16:54: Is it too late to avert the climate catastrophe? Surely that's the question of the hour given what's already locked in and our continuing emissions.
  • Wed, 05:53: “Only a blind man can easily define what light is. When you do not know, you are bold. Ignorance is always bold; knowledge hesitates. The more you know, the more you feel that the ground underneath is dissolving. The more you know, the more you feel how ignorant you are.” ― Osho
  • Wed, 06:36: I just published 'To write is to come alive' https://t.co/l3xxb4jFMj
  • Wed, 10:42: I can't help feel that anything focused on climate change (i.e. stopping or changing the rate of temperature increase) is way too late. All this talk of Net Zero 2030, 2040 or 2050 (or never...) simply obscures the reality of our dire situation.
  • Wed, 10:52: Top US scientist on melting glaciers: ‘I’ve gone from being an ecologist to a coroner’ https://t.co/j2KoD7jf5O https://t.co/kZr6ZIozCG

My tweets

  • Mon, 13:38: The puppy can now go for walks -- short ones only; it will be a whole new world for him. Thankfully, he behaved himself at the vets this morning apart from taking a liking to the vet's glasses and mask!
  • Mon, 13:50: Proof That Free Markets Don’t Reward The Best Work by Benjamin Cain https://t.co/Gh3H0qlb39 / one for you @dougshaw1 @DrSteveMarshall @chrisnicholsT2i
  • Mon, 18:43: Daughter #2 reporting panic buying at our local Sainsburys. FFS. It's becoming more like Mad Max by the effing day. https://t.co/GAQI9s572Z
  • Tue, 07:16: “The world will give you that once in a while, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.” ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees https://t.co/mez6fhXrel
  • Tue, 10:56: A company with no rules. I'm sure it's been done before but I'm convinced that so many of the problems I've witnessed could have been addressed (there will always be a counter-argument) if employers gave their staff the ability to create a culture that was truly employee centred.

My tweets

  • Sun, 16:16: Anyone else watching #TDF2021
  • Sun, 17:29: Puppy life is exhausting just to watch.
  • Mon, 07:11: “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.” ― Hermann Hesse
  • Mon, 07:27: Climate crisis: 50 photos of extreme weather around the world – in pictures https://t.co/p81d5i1XVk https://t.co/YDv7shmIyM
  • Mon, 08:23: I just published 'I thought Covid19 would change us' https://t.co/Ly223wupkO
  • Mon, 10:20: One of those awkward calls where honesty is not always the best (confidence-shattering) policy.

My tweets

  • Sat, 12:13: I think driving in the lanes should be a compulsory part of the driving test. Note: you don't need to leave 6ft whilst passing another car but of course, if you've got a 21 plate, faux 4x4 you may feel that any closer might cause a wee scratch from those pesky nettles.
  • Sat, 12:21: Planet Week: North America’s hottest June on record https://t.co/q44lD4edYt / The piece includes a link to an article which claims climate change is now linked to 5 million deaths each year!
  • Sat, 14:56: “Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say “Look!” and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.” — Mary Oliver, Mysteries, Yes
  • Sat, 19:06: Good luck to @MarkCavendish for tomorrow's stage https://t.co/0JM9yY61xm. I don't want to say too much but what an immense TdF he's had and if he breaks the record tomorrow, then I'll be so happy for him.
  • Sat, 19:15: Tales Of The Unexpected https://t.co/Hsczosxik0 / I wish they'd do a remake. One of the things I most remember from my childhood.
  • Sun, 06:16: “The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti https://t.co/D4IYcgDS6T
  • Sun, 06:18: Quietmusic - a bit of relaxing music to start my Sunday. https://t.co/hSWMryxJ8m
  • Sun, 07:19: I just published 'My life’s work' https://t.co/BjGVfxNmO1

My tweets

  • Sat, 06:14: I just published 'The language has to change' https://t.co/71lLpvJ99z
  • Sat, 10:43: I'm waiting for the time companies stop talking about climate change and admit that we're in the midst of a rapidly unfolding catastrophe. I wonder then how they'll bootstrap a new vision statement that (for instance) talks about the "long term interest of [insert]".