Tag Archives: workplaces

YOU WAIT, TIME PASSES.

Sometime in the mid eighties my Dad acquired a Commodore 64 and a bag of tapes with games on them. He set it up in the sleep out and connected it up to an enormous CRT television. It had a … Continue reading

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a hole in the bucket

I’ve been striving for something, a means to make my resources go a bit further without needlessly placing myself at breaking point over and over again. For the most part this has involved working with a self-produced echolalic ticking clock. … Continue reading

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deathball

I’ve been dreaming of David Gower. David Gower on the 1986 tour of the West Indies: being beaten, being outplayed, being intimidated, being hurt, being overwhelmed by the fact that no matter what he does or how hard he tries he’s … Continue reading

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making like a hole in the water

Over the past decade or so accountability has become a bit of a fetish in public and corporate administration. Sometimes it seems like every parrot in the pet store is talking responsibility and accountability. If there’s a responsibility being devolved … Continue reading

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gamekeeper to poacher to gamekeeper

I took the Chooks away last weekend, down the coast a bit. We did next to nothing while away. There was lots of Dr. Who, Sea Devils & Warrior’s Gate; treaty chocolates; a few beach trips with water spitting competitions; … Continue reading

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empire building

Deep in the dark recesses of the early seventies a man named Michael Oliver, a real estate entrepreneur from Nevada, formed a libertarian organization called the Phoenix Foundation. The foundation was motivated by a bog-standard post sixties vision: freedom from … Continue reading

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Below Stairs

“all my life in domestic service I’ve found that employers were always greatly concerned with your moral welfare. They couldn’t have cared less about your physical welfare; so long as you were able to do the work, it didn’t matter in the least to them whether … Continue reading

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faith no more

Some years ago I was a casual academic. I taught classes and marked essays. It was great fun. For a fellow as quiet as me, the enforced opportunity to speak about the stuff that I knew was tremendously rewarding. I … Continue reading

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the monkey and the plywood violin

I have been having a lot of conversations recently about trying to reform the system from within. It’s a conversation about how to behave ethically and how to act with a view to a future in which good things are … Continue reading

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(what becomes of) apostrophe fascists

A lot of what I do professionally is to find forms of words that make unpleasant-sounding things, sometimes cruel and brutal things sound like business as usual, or at least only benign variations to how we’ve always done things.  Reassurance … Continue reading

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