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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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Having spent a superb day whisking along the bends of the Black Forest road in Germany, the unfortunate journalists of 44 Teeth inevitably fell foul of a Swiss Alpine speed trap, cunningly designed to fleece tourists. The result? A CHF 4000 franc fine, payable on the spot and an instant driving ban. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
I consulted the internet and found The Old Lawnmower Company, a firm that was seemingly invented for people with wishes like mine. These are the skilled artisans of grass-cutting machinery who will make your mower rise Lazarus-like from the rusting flakes of its once vibrant green paint. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
The sowing of doubt to influence events has become something of an art form of late. The idea is to make it as hard as possible to arrive at the truth by fabricating a web of untruths. The more, the better. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
The Japanese have their bushido, the code of ethics of the samurai class. The English-speaking peoples, with the notable exception of the Americans, have cricket. Cheating, clearly, “just isn’t cricket”. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Couldn't have said it better myself, or I would have done. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Top tip: The more banal the name, the more nefarious a company's business activity. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
What struck me most about The Shed was Oobah’s perfect demonstration of marketing savvy which can be seen throughout his attempts to get his fake restaurant rocketing up the rankings. “We are the Banksy of South London restaurants,” he claims, hitting the nail on the head again. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
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