• Finally got around to reading some excellent articles in the Spring issue of English in Education. Consensus of the issue seems to be that the teaching of Writing in England is in a sorry state.

  • “There’s only one real solution, these experts say: make and consume less plastic.” - It’s incredibly worrying how much effort goes into promoting recycling and how little actually waste is actually recycled (8%?)… or, better: stopping production of single-user plastics!

  • Father’s Day group shot!

  • Whenever I go into a coffee shop I seem surrounded by earnest young people interviewed for jobs by those shark-like charity collection agency recruiters. “My boss earned over £1 million in 18 months. That’s the sort of salary you’re looking at.” It’s not. Really it’s not.

  • I’m shocked at how expensive the hardback Marvel and DC omnibuses have rapidly become. Ones like the Golden Age are now £100 or more. Likewise ones like Final Crisis and Blackest Night are nearly £120.

  • Having one of those intermittent organisational “re-thinks”. I keep my writing and notes in all sorts of places (Dropbox, iCloud, 365) using all sorts of apps (Drafts, Agenda, Notes, OneNote, 1Writer, Scrivener, Evernote, GoodNotes). I just can’t come up with a simple workflow.

  • It says something about the current state of the UK that next prime minister is likely to be a hard drug-taking, philandering, Islamaphobic, self-aggrandizing liar. #BanTheBoris

  • Cometh the hour, cometh the sham! Boris “You Can Trust Me” Johnson.

  • Listening to Boris Johnson’s hustings for Tory Party leadership live. He’s asked very clear questions and avoids answering. Not least: has he taken class-A drugs (which he is on record as admitting)? He simply avoids a straight answer. And. To. Every. Other. Question. Odious man.

  • “Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I’m delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever.“
-Baron Munchausen

  • Lysander’s final piece exhibited at his show today. Looks impressive. Very proud of him.

  • Such a wet, rainy day. “Yellow Alert” supposedly. For rain?

  • Want to reduce the waste in our household and just finished Harriet Dyer’s “Say No To Plastic” which has many reasonable ideas that seem relatively straightforward to do. I’m horrified at the amount of packaging we put out for “recycling” (which I know isn’t really recycled!)

  • Just testing. Posts haven’t been showing on timeline.

  • This by Robert Plomin.

  • I’ve been listening to a lot of talk about Doomsday Clock issue 10 and not yet heard any mention of Alan Moore’s Supreme which seems to me to have a definite resemblance to Geoff John’s Metaverse.

  • Soren decided this afternoon was going to be a LEGO building session. He’s making some sort of anglerfish.

  • Soren decided this afternoon was going to be a LEGO building session. He’s making some sort of anglerfish.

  • Read “Pickman’s Other Model” by Caitlin Kiernan. Ghoulish - but fascinating - sequel to Lovecraft’s story. #ss365 📚

  • Went with my sons to see Shazam. It’s a tremendously enjoyable movie. Moreso when my 6-year-old squealed with excitement at one point when Billy Batson says “Shazam” and sends Dr Sivanah flying. I hadn’t realised that DC were introducing more than just Captain Marvel/Shazam! 🎬

  • Read “The Ammonite Violin” by Caitlin Kiernan. Macabre tale about murder and the crafting of a unique violin. #ss365 📚

  • Just read “In the Water Works” by Caitlin Kiernan. Miners show amateur paleontologist a hole underground where something disturbing swims. Pretty atmospheric and the ending develops a tremendous sense of dread. #ss365 📚

  • Midnight Circus. Got this today after about 2 years of looking out for a reasonably priced copy. These Hellboy & BPRD hardcovers really go up in price if you don’t buy them as soon as they are released. #hellboy

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