I Don’t Trust Mathematicians

  I've always had what I felt was a sensible mistrust of people who can order the world into 'correct' and 'incorrect'. To me, that is the way of the extremist: "difference is bad, my way is good, kill those who oppose". As such, I am wary of mathematicians - or as I like to call …

Sleep

In Haruki Murakami's short story Sleep the female protagonist suffers a bout of insomnia that lasts for weeks. Rather than crippling her with fatigue she finds strength in her nocturnal existence, realising that she has become a crushing stereotype of the Japanese housewife; dutifully making love to her dull, dentist husband, refusing alcohol because he didn't …

Fatherly Advice

Bacon. It exists to celebrate certain days like Father's day. Offered up as a delicious porcine sacrifice to the great god of fatherhood. Mother's day is a bit more granola and croissant based, which is fine in its way. But it isn't a bit of pig lovingly and greasily slapped on a plate with extra …

Wide-Eyed Wonder

  It must be wonderful to view the world through the eyes of a toddler. Everything fresh and exciting and new. Every day bringing its own adventures. Laughing as you run away from your parents who are trying to stop you falling down a hole. What japes. Yes, we've moved firmly into the developmental period …