I have to confess, I often find myself feeling quite misanthropic. Jean-Paul Sartre famously said that, “hell is other people”. I can definitely relate to this.
Anyone who knows me well will be aware that I talk about veganism quite a lot these days.
For those not in the know, I decided to switch from a full, meat-eating omnivorous diet to a vegan one about a year and a half ago.
After discussing veganism with some friends yesterday, the suggestion that inuit diets were the best for preventing heart disease etc came up. I didn’t really know much about it, so I looked it up when I got home, only to discover it’s a myth based on a discredited study from the 70s. Bizarrely though, the fact that it was debunked doesn’t seem to have stopped the craze for fish oil supplements.
Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.
– Jonathan Swift
Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr
Putting party politics to one side, the central message of Caroline Lucas’s book, Honourable Friends?, is a very strong one: our politics are rotten to the core.
Last Friday I saw Sean Lock at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal for a work-in-progress performance. One of my favourite lines of the night was this one about Richard Branson’s business practices:
What Richard Branson does is turn up, fire half the staff, put those left on short-term contracts, paint everything red and then fuck off in his balloon.
I read this this morning. It’s a sublime observation of where web design has come from, and where it is hopefully going.
Having attended a great event with Jim Naughtie speaking about his latest novel at Theatre by the Lake, we took a stroll up to Friar’s Crag with this as our backdrop.
At the company where I work, we have an annual get together (known to us as the “Grand Meetup”). One thing that we all have to do at this event is deliver a four minute “flash talk” on any topic of our choosing. I gave a talk about my decision last year to adopt a vegan diet.