Tags: 2019



Monday, January 7th, 2019


The start of a new year is the traditional time for making resolutions. I’ve done it in the past. Now I’m not sure it’s such a good idea.

Think about it. It’s January. The middle of winter. It’s cold outside. The days are short. The only seasonal foods available are root vegetables and brassicas. Considering this lack of sunlight and fruit, it seems inadvisable to try to also deny yourself the intake of sugar, alcohol, meat, carbohydrates or gluten. You’re playing with a stacked deck. And then when inevitably, in the depths of winter, you cave in and pour yourself a glass of wine or indulge in a piece of cake, you now have the added weight of guilt on your shoulders to carry through the neverending winter nights.

Of course not all resolutions involve the abnegation of material pleasures. Many a new year’s promise involves a renewed commitment to work, exercise, or culture-vulching. But again, is this really the best time of year to do that? Given the weather, are you really in the best frame of mind to tackle such a tall order?

No, I don’t think I’ll be making any new year’s resolutions. If anything, this is the time of year when I won’t feel bad about having a pint of ale or a comforting stew. It’s also the time of year when I’m going to cut myself more slack if I’m not exercising diligently or working hard. Let’s face it, just making it through these months intact should be achievement enough.

If I were to make a resolution, it would only be that, come summertime, I’ll take stock and maybe make a commitment to cut down on some guilty pleasure or increase some noble activity then. A midsummer’s resolution, if you will.

Until then, I’ll be cosying up and indulging in any bodily comforts I crave. My resolve to do that is strong.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

A bounty of borlotti beans.

A bounty of borlotti beans.

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Some days you T the P, other days you’re the P getting T’d.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The incredibly loud-typing businesswoman in this train carriage has briefly stopped typing to loudly recite her Apple password on the phone.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

What does a guy have to ’round here to get a pair of Slack socks?

And when I say “pair”, I mean lifetime supply.

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Listening to @SaraSoueidan effortlessly overcome tech issues.

Listening to @SaraSoueidan effortlessly overcome tech issues.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Pork on a stick, squid on a stick.

Pork on a stick, squid on a stick.