Saturday lunchtime and the cafes are bursting. This is Cambridge. No, it’s not just students. The cafes are full of fully developed people as well.
bumf (n.)“papers, paperwork,” 1889, British schoolboy slang, originally “toilet-paper,” from bum-fodder.
In the news a couple of weeks ago: Prince Harry raged about social media at today’s meeting on youth mental health: ‘Growing up in today’s world, social media is more addictive than drugs & alcohol. Yet it’s more dangerous because it’s normalised & there are no restrictions to it. We are in a mind-altering time.
I thought anti-Semitism was incidental to the extreme left in Labour. I thought anti-Israel sentiments were a convenient peg on which to hang a general ‘we are for the underdog’ policy. But over the last months I’ve come to realise that anti-Semitism is not incidental to their thinking at all. Rather, it’s part of the…
The expression It’s not worth the candle, where does it originate? “The expression began in English as a translation of a term used by the French writer Michel de Montaigne who in his ‘Essays’ published in 1580, alludes to gambling by candlelight, which involved the expense of illumination.”
Sometimes the fruition of a carefully laid plan arrives under the guise of unintended consequences. In the UK the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher declared that one of the three pillars of the Welfare State no longer applied to a modern society like Britain. The three pillars are free state education, free health care, and affordable…
Sometime between January and April of this year, Tap increased its prices from $5.00/month to $12.00/month. It was cheap before, and I didn’t think the service could continue at that price. How can you make money at that level? Still, a jump to $12.00, that’s a big jump. In percentage terms it’s a 240% jump….