Life Philosophy
Behind a Jump: Mental Challenge and the Feeling of Success
17th February 2017

In this post I tell a story about some parkour training and a jump I did as part of it. It isn’t the one in the photo, but it was somewhat similar. The aim is to try and get across how the mental benefit of parkour can work, and so the wordy-storyness is part of it. ***** It was a Saturday. My week of uni work was over, but I […]

'Politics'
New Year Thoughts 2017: LOVE and RAGE
5th January 2017

‘The world won’t get no better/If we just let it be/nana na naa naa na naa naa‘ – Wu Tang Clan ‘Where is the love, the love, the love‘ – Black Eyed Peas I came across the phrase Love and Rage sometime in the middle of 2016. It turns out it’s been a phrase used by activists in environmental and anarchist circles for awhile, but I like the phrase for […]

Parkour
Parkour as a Process
18th December 2016

*** Parkour is about the process. It is not about the outcomes. It isn’t about whether you can jump a certain gap, do a certain move, whether you’re comfortable at height or not. It’s about how you try – how you train. Parkour culture, on the whole, seems to think your ability is what matters. It is not. Parkour is the process of self-overcoming, using movement (including around urban routes […]

'Politics'
The Need for Action Against Our Extremist Government
5th October 2016

This was written to be a short facebook status as a follow-on from an earlier blogpost – Lessons from Berlin//Be Vigilant – but ended up being a bit longer. It wasn’t planned or structured much, as blog posts usually are for me, more a stream-of-consciousness reaction. Hence the personal narrative where I go on about how I write blog posts, which is irrelevant. As it turned out being a bit longer, I thought […]

Miscellaneous
Vehicle Principles
2nd October 2016

There are a handful of principles which act like they contain moral value, when in fact they are devoid of value; instead, they are vehicles for actual moral values. Or, put another way, they are principles about how actual moral values should be applied. What is being addressed here isn’t novel, but I haven’t seen it named or discussed in this way before; and if it was widely-known, I should […]

'Politics'
Human Rights and Sovereignty
5th September 2016

The current Conservative Government wants to remove the Human Rights Act (HRA). This has been their policy for many years, reaffirmed by each new Justice Minister, though no actual proposal has yet been put forward (largely because it’s quite hard to turn nonsense into a concrete proposal). In this post, I’ll talk about two of the points that are commonly seen arguing for this removal and how they are a […]

Futurology
The Future Of Cars
2nd August 2016

In this post, I muse about the future of cars – and with it, houses, cities and work. With the way things are interconnected, changing how cars function has big knock-on effects for other aspects of our societal life too. *** In the relatively immediate future – I reckon about fifteen years from now – advances in car technology will have radically changed the society we live in (of course, […]

'Politics'
Quick Note on the DNC Leaks
28th July 2016

DNC Leaks = Lots of leaked electronic documents (emails and phone data) from the Democratic National Committee, the blue political party in the USA. Wikileaks posted a lot of them last year from an anonymous source. They haven’t been talked about much by most of the media, especially in the UK, so I thought I’d give a summary discussion here.   What are the DNC Leaks? The ‘DNC Leaks’ are […]

Miscellaneous
A Parkour Video and Thoughts on Parkour Videos
26th July 2016

I just edited a parkour video and thought I would share a few thoughts on this. Parkour and videos can be a bit messy. The summary: think carefully about your media outputs. There’s three sections: a description of the session, of the type that would usually accompany a video (though longer); then some thoughts about videos and parkour, which I’ve been thinking for a couple of years but not yet […]

'Politics'
Actor Politicians and Post-Truth Politics
15th July 2016

The state of UK politics at the moment… not great. The EU referendum had a very strong media campaign by many media outlets based on lies and misinformation, such as portraying the EU as ‘unelected beaurocrats’ (a lie) and talking about £350m/week (another lie, plus the fraud of talking only about money out instead of the balance). There is a similar campaign against Jeremy Corbyn, full of smears and spin […]