Putting My Best Mug Forward…

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Last month, I wrote an article about making a personal stand against throwaway cups. Since it got picked up by the Huffington Post, it’s about time I demonstrated that I’m a man whose words are equally balanced by his deeds. In short: meet my mug. Yes, it’s from Starbucks. Stake me to a tree and set wild leopards on me … Read More

Why I’d Make A Great English Teacher

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(Fevered Mutterings v2.0: September 2006) ….. Sir, I’ve finished the story you set for me. That’s the single most stupid thing I’ve heard this week, and this week has been a veritable Ardennes of stupidity. You haven’t “finished” it. You’ve merely stopped working on it. It will never be finished, and that is the sickening tragedy of it all. Give … Read More


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links of noltland, orkney

A piece I wrote for a now-deceased online magazine (edited by the fabulous Karen Walrond) back in 2006.  I’m holding the cup to my face. Anywhere else, this might look a little strange; but this is Orkney, and it’s an autumn morning with the promise of winter felt in every exposed extremity.

Edinburgh, Back and Forth

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Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags, from Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle, from Salisbury Crags. Salisbury Crags and Edinburgh Castle, from Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh Tourist Board website All photos copyright M. Sowden 2009.

York: Remembering I’m Always In The Middle

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March 23rd 2006 The river Ouse was, for a long time, the bloodstream of mercantile York. In Roman times it provided the means to transport bulk goods for the military (grain, for example, as seen in the remnants of beetle-infested Roman grain cellars along Coney Street). It allowed cost-effective transportation of raw and worked materials in and out of the … Read More

Cunning Linguistics

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March 20th 2006 I’m back on the French lessons again, speedily (the 2nd April isn’t far). [Note from modern Mike: I’ve no idea what was happening on the 2nd April. Sorry]. Both these and the Greek course I was previously doing are from this company. The approach is ‘repetition until you’re a frothing, gibbering moron’ but, to be honest, it’s … Read More

Right, You’re Bannered

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One thing about switching to Ravi Varma‘s WordPress template, as clean and white as a Greek wall in Plato’s head,  is that I get to play with the banner. Every time you refresh the page, you should see a new banner image. Except, not so much with the “new” thing right now: a few stock photo that came with the … Read More