Birthday status – 49 and counting

Today it’s my birthday. I’m 49. That’s old. Or is it? The mathematician in me refutes the proposition that any finite number is either large or small. Besides, 49 is a nice number – the square of a prime. Pretty cool, huh? That won’t happen again until I turn 64. Continue reading

Multitasking is dead

I tried multitasking. Really, I did. I focused my full attention on it, to the exclusion of all other things. Yet even that couldn’t make it work. Continue reading

Fearing for my life

I fear for my life more and more these days. My childrens’ too.

Every six weeks, to be precise. That’s when we visit the local Turkish Barber.

We used to go to a unisex salon. It was a safe space to take my children. Sure, there were scissors in use. But we never saw blood spilled, only hair clippings.

The young women who cut our hair were gentle. They spoke softly and asked the boys what they’d been doing at school.

The element of danger was very small. Continue reading

Kindle vs paperback vs hardback

amazonkindleI’ve been a proud Kindle owner for a year now (and a sneaky borrower of my wife’s Kindle for two years prior to that), so I thought it would be useful to set out my thoughts on the subject. I’m going to rank these three media, starting with my least favourite. Continue reading

The end of the world is nigh

Lightning by vegglefrog (Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0)

Lightning by veggiefrog (Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0)

Don’t worry. This isn’t about Trump. I’ve returned to my first love – science fiction – with two new novels in the pipeline. The first is a conspiracy thriller set in the near future, the second an apocalyptic blockbuster set in the present day. Continue reading

Don’t look anywhere

It’s not safe to look anywhere in the world of politics these days.

The UK has an unelected Conservative Prime Minister with no clearly definable policies and no mandate. The official opposition – the Labour Party – has self-destructed. The UK’s third party, the Liberal Democrats, was obliterated at the last election. The UK Independence Party has no leader and no purpose. Continue reading

A cure for Chronic Fatigue?

Regular readers of my blog may recall that I have suffered from the condition known as CFS (ME) for the past 19 years. CFS leaves me without enough energy to get me through each day, and in its worst form makes me unable to get out of bed – for weeks, or months at a time.

On the news this morning, I heard about the launch of a large-scale trial for teenagers in the UK, to treat CFS online. It’s estimated that around 2% of UK teenagers suffer from CFS/ME, causing them to miss school, and the condition is currently untreated. A programme in the Netherlands claims success at treating patients, and is being rolled out here in Britain, initially for around a thousand children. Continue reading