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Somewhere in Switzerland
I'm an anglo-swiss writer and marketeer.
Interests: Too many to mention but if you read this blog, you'll have a good idea.
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Hi Annetta, Well I am happy these days shoewise as I am now wearing Scarpa Mojitos which come in a large range of funky colours: The ones I am wearing at the moment (my 3rd pair, I think) are denim with fluorescent orange elastic laces so you don't even have to do them up - just slip them on. Very cool and I haven't seen anyone else with them: I'm sure you'll be able to track some down. Good luck, alex
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2017 on A shoe story at The Glidd of Glood Blog
His memoir relates his career in the IRA, from his recruitment, through a sordid litany of murders and bombs, to his arrest by the authorities and his betrayal of his erstwhile associates. It makes compelling reading. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
In If Only They Didn’t Speak English Sopel examines the current state of the US and the way Americans see the world. It makes fascinating and enjoyable reading. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Scientology’s teachings seem to rely on confrontational methods where students learn to dominate and bully other people by shouting at them, berating and belittling them. As you might imagine, Marty Rathbun was well-versed in this. But Louis Theroux is the perfect investigator for such a task as he appears protected by a cloak of what appears to be almost autism. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
So, what’s on the pedalboard and how did I end up with those particular pedals? Well, they all have a story of sorts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
It was when I visited our rehearsal room after a few months of not playing with the band that I decided I needed a pedalboard. I hadn’t been playing with the band because essentially, our lead guitarist had sacked us. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
I'm very glad you're still reading this blog, Simon. I am therefore not writing it entirely in vain! You can do a lot worse than read some Pinter plays, and better still, go and see some at any available opportunity. I was having a Facebook conversation with a friend about how he stacks up against Beckett. I think Beckett was a lot bleaker. Also funny, but not as funny. And Beckett's stuff didn't really happen in real-life, everyday settings, unlike Pinter's. I did see the Servant, but it was decades ago and don't remember Pinter's cameo. Brilliant film. You will know, of course, that Pinter wrote the screenplay.
Sadly, you're not meant to punch frail 80 year olds. I might cheerfully have done so though. I did have to work a bit on "letting it go" and writing this post helped. I was over it in 24 hours. Many of the people I have met in the coaching business have been insufferable, and all of those with an unhealthy interest in Eastern philosophy.
As you'll have noticed, I did write this post 7 years ago and a lot has changed for the better in the meantime. I better write an update to show people all the new shoes that they could be wearing. The Chalks were great. Maybe they'll be a revival? Perhaps we should be writing emails to Puma.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2017 on A shoe story at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Hi Pat and thank you very much for this. Your information is extremely informative. I had in fact found this out for myself by chance, pretty much, a month or so ago and am now the owner of the 50% tint visor you mention. I have been meaning to update this post with another post about this latest development and I think I still should, although it will not contain much more information than you have given above. I'd be interested as to when you think the 50% tint became available. Shark have never mentioned it to me and I only found out about it by sleuthing. Many resellers still deny its very existence. It doesn't merit its own name or line on the Shark website. I'm sure it didn't always exist as (a) I'd have noticed it and (b) someone at Shark would surely (wouldn't they?) have mentioned it to me. Still, thank God it exists as it transforms the Race-R Pro owner experience, as far as I am concerned.
There is a lot to like in Pinter and undoubtedly one of those things is that his plays are extremely funny, but strangely, this is a quality that is always played down in any discussion of his work. It is by no means clear what his work was about and Pinter wasn’t inclined to enlighten us. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Foxgloves, delphiniums, snapdragons, lupines, dill, parsley, coriander, basil, sweetcorn, aubergines, tomatoes, squashes. We’ll see what comes up. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Many thanks Catherine. It has been a bit poor, to say the least, to lose two writing friends in the same year - the only writing friends I had. Hope to see you again soon.
“So you’re late. Rather like the last time. Do you think there is some sort of a pattern here? What are your criteria for being late?” Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Thanks for that Simon. Yes, I had supposed the first comment to have been from you, but it is almost certainly from my friend Simon Lenton. It's hard keeping track of two Simons! John was a gentleman. That's a great epithet to describe him. You won't get much sense of this when people harp on his Marxism, but he was much more realist than that. I seem to remember him acquiring, or discussing acquiring, an Armani suit. And the fact that I worked for a global corporation soon after meeting him didn't impinge on our relationship in any shape or form. He was happy to learn more about whisky...
To complete my story of my friendship with John Berger, I thought I would post this other story. I wrote it, I see, 20 years ago on the 4th of November 1996 on a day when I had just been riding with him. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Thanks guys. It was a very lucky meeting and my life was definitely enriched through knowing him.
I thought back to the Motorcycle International article. Surely this was the same bloke? Wasn’t he called Berger? So I said to my customer, in English: “Have you still got the CBR 1000?” “How do you know that?” He was quite taken aback. “Because I remember from that article you wrote in Motorcycle International,” I explained. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Last week I was kindly invited on to World Radio Switzerland to talk about the book. They have been nice enough to send me the link to a podcast of this little appearance which you can find on their website here. The other big news is that Claus and Claws is now available in paperback. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
The kindling seemed to have caught and the fire was well underway. But then, just like a straw fire, it sputtered and died. In the 2 days after the free period a week ago, I sold, for money, precisely 3 copies. And then nothing. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
All was well at the North Pole until Santa Claus had a gardening accident which affected his mental state. Leaving the Pole for the wider world, he falls under the influence of the urbane and Machiavellian Nick Claws who persuades him, for reasons of his own, to re-invent himself as a modern man of business. This will require Santa to wise up and completely rethink his entire present-giving operation. Not everyone is going to be happy. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
I thought I’d share some recent photos of Didcot with you. Didcot is a railway town in south Oxfordshire and is a few miles away from where I grew up. It was always unutterably naff and it still is. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Those are the words of the notorious ex-gangland boss Charlie Richardson on the seminal album Product of the Environment by Gareth Bowen – a record I heartily recommend. Richardson’s comment was in response to how you go about reducing crime. His view was that most crime is drug-based so that if you legalised drugs, you’d have no more (or much less) crime. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
It’s good to progress, but it is also interesting, from time to time, to step back and ask yourself how much progress in aesthetics there has actually been. If you choose some of the best historical eras (not the 1970s, then…) the answer is, not much. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
This is the thing. It's all about proportion. I suspect that people may fall out of love with social media when they find out that putting their whole life on line renders them vulnerable in so many ways and of course is ruthlessly exploited by commercial interests. Marketeers have never had it so good, to find out about consumers. But they are unlikely to use this information ethically in many instances. They just can't afford to, literally. The Kim Kardashian robbery is a case in point. If you flaunt it, and you tell everyone where it is, someone might show up to take it...