Author Archives: ed podesta

The Sea, The Sea

I’ve just finished reading ‘The Sea, The Sea’ by Iris Murdoch, which I have really enjoyed.  I thought I’d read some of the things that others thought, and there are some really interesting ideas in the links below.  For what it’s worth – I really enjoyed reading about Charles Arrowby’s self deception. There are a […]

Easter Christmas Pudding

Saturday Guardian Reviews

Guardian Science fiction roundup – reviews After the fall etc looks especially good. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – review

The neuroscience of Bob Dylan’s genius

Got to love The Guardian. The neuroscience of Bob Dylan’s genius

Just keep swimming

Phew! I did it! 5k, 200 lengths in 1 hour and 37 minutes – I take that to be about 28.5 secs per length on average.

The age of satire

Whilst many of the other exampes on make one titter, this example is a stroke of genius. The choice of picture alone is worth a million quid, pre-international exhange rate fluctuation quids too. The caption is great, but it’s not until you read the tag line that you realise that you have witnessed something […]

Kevin McKenna

I just spent a very happy half hour reading some of Kevin McKenna’s contributions to the guardian. I agree with every word, it was a bit of a revelation. Take a look at the one about private schools.  If it weren’t for Mr McKenna’s obvious talent and writing skill, I could have written that.

The right to chase someone into the street and beat them? Look, I’ve never been in this position, and I don’t know how I would react if this happened to me, but I’m damn sure that I don’t want to live in a country where people can be chased into the street and beaten by members of the public, no matter what those people have […]

Ed, the christmas survivalist

All I’m saying is that we should buy a frozen chicken and put it in the freezer, just in case it snows and we can’t get out of the house. That’s all. I don’t want to dig a bunker under the dining room, or buy a gun to ward off frozen zombie hordes. I just […]

I remember when all this was chariot racing…

Whilst reclining in a very hot (and very well deserved) bath, reading A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century I came across the following (slightly edited by me) “As soon as wealth came to be a mark of distinction and an easy way to renown […]