Alanis Morissette’s perhaps most famous song gave stand-up comedians with a humanities degree a good five minutes of material in the 90s. The problem with “Ironic”, they said, was that it was about things that were unfortunate, or sad, or bad timing. But not irony. And we’ll come back to that. “Ironic” was on the … Continue reading On being “Ironic”
It is a policy of mine to never review something that I don’t like. I want to celebrate what I feel is the good in my culture, and not dunk on something, just because it doesn’t fit with my tastes. Which is a problem when I think about Reacher, the TV series on Amazon. Reacher … Continue reading On Reacher
It is only now that I’m beginning to realize how much I love music. I mean, it should be obvious, but it doesn’t fit in with my self-image. I’m a movie guy. I’m a reader. I’m not a musician. I only listen to music all the damn time. I’ve spent a chunk money on Sonos … Continue reading Music is a Miracle
Cats was a movie I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. I was excited as I told my plan to my wife. It’s New Year’s Eve, we should end 2020 in the most 2020 way possible, by finally watching the movie that everyone agreed was a disaster. I was impressed with my own … Continue reading On Cats – Yes, the Movie
Without the steady guiding hand of my wife, I would have bought every one of these things. Every. One. Does this mean I'm a little bit Texan now?
Small Change on Strangers is a blogger, pug obsessive, part-time beard grower. Lady Small Change is the woman who loves him. They meet here at Quality Sea Food for a staycation "blind date". Small Change on Lady Small Change What were you hoping for?An exploration of the unknown, to learn a little more about the … Continue reading Blind Date
Standing at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter ushers me through into The Place. The first thing I see?
So, during The Present Unpleasantness, it’s only natural that we all have our moments of madness, if that’s not too strong a term for it. I started my Lockdown with a flurry of buying “wacky” t-shirts from Facebook ads. I am a thrill seeker and I live for the danger. Then, between the anxiety spikes … Continue reading The Classic
In these strangest of times, even a post on a street has an opinion.
Most of us like to think we’re not easily influenced by others around us. We are clear thinkers. We are strong-minded individuals. The billions spent on advertising every year is aimed at other people, not at us. I believe this with all my heart. And I know it is not even a little bit true. … Continue reading On the Kalimotxo