Managed twitter accounts

What's the point? If you have something to say, say it with your own voice, unvarnished. Don't make a waste of space corporate style account that is run by some Social Media Manager to send sweet messages to your fans. It's pointless, inauthentic and patronising.

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Authenticity and cultural appropriation

I went to a decidedly "inauthentic" French cafe in Mumbai. A high end English style tea house (with accompanying pretentious crockery) serving nachos and pizza and a quinoa based salad. All served with chilli flakes and oregano on the side. Why did I feel the whole experience to be a bit Disneyland? Is it because …

Yoga pants bubble

I live in a yoga pants bubble. If you are reading this, probably you are too. Yoga pants, turmeric lattes, a cleaner, Psycle, organic food, eco tourism, cycling, art classes, ethical bags. And private school, violin lessons and experiential days out for our kids. The new spending habits of the aspirational class. A new inconspicuous …

Football

I've never understood why football means so much to me. Playing, yes, makes sense. It's fun and keeps you fit. Watching and supporting twenty-two grown men kick a ball around? There is art, some beauty, lots of unpleasantness. There are stories, lots of stories. There is emotion. Yes, there is also community, a common currency …