When Marcus Got Lost On Mars, I Analysed His Footprints

A boss bad-mouthing his employees went viral today. “We bring together skilled professionals to help businesses and careers succeed. It’s more than a job, it’s our craft.” – Mars Recruitment website First basic mistake: careers can’t succeed. They’re concepts; they can’t even breathe. Second big mistake: these skilled professionals are ‘directed’ by a Marcus Wood,…

Believe Me: You Can Be Young, Wise and Free

The most satisfying part of being a writer is the freedom. I’m so glad I ignored the well-meaning, but flawed advice to, “stick to an ordinary job.” Of course, I earn money through a range of freelance projects, but my main priority in life is to create. ‘Ordinary’ just doesn’t fit with my values. Developing…

What Happens When Powerful People Get Complete Freedom?

The following essay featured in NUHA’s blogging competition. NUHA stands for Nurturing Human Activity. In essence, working creatively to enrich the lives of others. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln I agree: there is no bigger test of integrity, moral…

What Happens To A Bad Day When You Sneak In A Book

Is there a more wonderful feeling than relaxing in a comfortable chair nursing a cup of warm tea holding open a book you’re really enjoying knowing you’ve got a nice hot bath running and a soft bed layered with fresh sheets waiting for you to climb into? Maybe later, after another half-hour’s read in bed,…

Cutting Up Books, The Revolutionary Way

Writing. Binding. Publishing. Buying. Borrowing. Reading. Reviewing. Lending. Bending. Burning. Are we missing anything? Seems we are. Allow me to introduce you to the rebellious art of book sculpture. Forget History, Let’s Debate “When did it start?” was the first question I scribbled into my notebook. To cut a long story short, book sculpture is a…