All Change – Hastings To Rye

Clifftop grass and bracken
Clifftop grass and bracken

I’M not known for taking my time over a drink but even by my standards that pint of cider barely touched the sides.

As with many things, John Steinbeck’s Doc had it best in Cannery Row – the first for thirst, the second for taste. He was talking about beer but I wouldn’t bet against him developing a taste for cider if it had been readily available in hot Monterey. Continue reading “All Change – Hastings To Rye”

All Change – Hastings To Rye

Parkland Walk With Steinbeck

Platforms at the old Crouch Hill station
Platforms at the old Crouch Hill station

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck is an account of a road trip the author undertakes across the US with his pet poodle, whose name informs the title.

It begins with a description of the restless spirit – the want for wandering we feel from youth and suffer into middle age and maturity. The need to be a bum sometimes.

Having decided to hit the road, Steinbeck says the bum must settle on three things. A reason for going; the route to be taken; and the means by which it will be covered.

I like this description: the bum within us wants to leave; our higher aspect seeks the reason.

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Parkland Walk With Steinbeck

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed: Review

Journalist Jon Ronson has sold many thousand books. He’s also sent many thousand tweets, a good deal of which have set out to shame a person or organisation guilty of some deep social transgression.

As such, he sees Twitter as a bright new dawn of ‘democratised justice’, where the people, when acting together can bring down mighty institutions. At least, he did see it that way. Now, he’s not so sure. Continue reading “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed: Review”

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed: Review