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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Archive for October 2019

THE BATTLE OF MALDON

October 17, 2019

Off tomorrow (courtesy of daughter and son-in-law) to visit places that meant something to me. This time, Maldon, Essex, where an Anglo-Saxon called Byrthnoth lost to some marauding vikings in 991. The Anlgo-Saxons are favourites of mine because of the loyalty of each tribe to it’s chief and their habit of fighting to the last […]

NEWS? BELIEF? YOU MUST BE JOKING!

October 14, 2019

A television channel is advertising a programme about Fake News. I wonder how they will define it along the spectrum that runs from Deliberate Lies through Selection to Honest Error and Ignorance. And what, if anything, can be believed? This I-thing that I own offers stories “Chosen by the Apple news editors”. So I am […]

WANTED.

October 11, 2019

WANTED, Gunpowder Manufacturer. Must be able to supply twenty-five large barrels of top-quality product immediately. WANTED. Haulage Contractor. To carry the above-mentioned load to an address in Westminster. WANTED. Building Surveyor. Must be able to secure uninterrupted access to cellars below above-mentioned building. WANTED. Patriot. Must be willing to risk discovery while waiting for perfect […]

BE MORE POSITIVE!

October 10, 2019

My blog describes me as an octogenarian in the modern world, so a critical attitude and a lot of moaning is expected. Old men always think the world is going to hell in a basket. (It is, of course.) But, for a change, I will try to discover some really good things about the modern […]

FICTIONAL SCIENCE

October 8, 2019

Ought not the title to be Science Fiction? The two are pretty mixed up. Sometimes nothing happens till an idea is created and then reality follows. At other times the thing comes first and then people write stories about it. Recently two writers of spy stories (Le Carre and Rimington) have been attacked by an […]

WELL DONE, PRINCE HARRY

October 5, 2019

Congratulations on ignoring all the cautious advice given to you, and saying loud and clear what you really think. These clever diplomatic people (advisers) ignore the fact that what you feel, deep down, is a valuable signal and an indication of how you might act if you got the chance. If somebody really hates me, […]

INERTIA, PROMISES, EVASION, POSTPONEMENT, PREVARICATION, LIES. A MANAGEMENT STRATEGY.

October 4, 2019

What do you do when you want to ignore one of the stakeholders in your business enterprise? Never mind why you want to ignore them, but a common reason is that one of the other stakeholders is causing you trouble. Your investors are getting edgy about dividends, or your suppliers are giving preference to your […]

DRINK, DRUGS, CRIME, VIOLENCE AND IMPOTENCE..

October 3, 2019

I sit here in the comfort and safety of this “Luxury Retirement Village” and the television informs me hourly of the appalling things that are happening elsewhere. And not just in remote corners of the world! Winchester prison was featured tonight (not fifty miles away) with details of the criminals locked up there for serious […]

THE ART OF DECEPTION

October 2, 2019

It is not new. This quote tells the Bible story of how Jacob conned his father. “Jacob is attempting to impersonate his older twin brother, Esau, by wearing his clothes and putting hairy goat skins on his arms and neck (Genesis 27:6–17). The target of this fraud is his own father, an elderly and blind […]