Everybody Hates Bankers

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Some people binge watch TV shows, I binge read books. Now that I’ve finished the first draft of my book on how bankers can become better citizens of the world, I read three books on bankers in three days. I also watched “The Big Short”.

The common thread to all these is that bankers are evil! Continue reading “Everybody Hates Bankers”

How the Media Changes Our Minds

"Extreme Rendition" -- Jonas (Dennis Haysbert) and his team are sent to Bulgaria on a complicated mission to arrange for the dangerous prison escape of a rogue former Unit operator who can help them track down an arms dealer on THE UNIT, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2006 CBS Broadcasting Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Dennis Haysbert. Source:CBS

(another excerpt from my upcoming book)

This marketing of products is perhaps one of the biggest reasons many feel uneasy about the modern economy and by extension finance. Are we being induced into buying something we do not want or need? Continue reading “How the Media Changes Our Minds”

My Favourite Books/Movies/Music/Apps Of 2015, What’s Yours?

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I could have made my list a lot longer, but I’ve tried to keep it short. I’ve also included my favourite TV, podcasts and purchases of the year. Let me know your favourites with a one line explanation – I’ll then send out the compiled list next week! Continue reading “My Favourite Books/Movies/Music/Apps Of 2015, What’s Yours?”

Why My Cat Loves The Film “Alien” (2 mins read)

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(SPOILER ALERT!) The 1979 Ridley Scott classic “Alien” was marketed as the “Jaws” in space.  A commercial space crew are diverted to a planet, where they pick up a life form. With it on-board they return to space, but the life form is revealed to be an acid-blooded “alien”. It slowly kills of each member of the crew. However, one of the crew members is  Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). She is the last survivor, and takes the escape pod. But the alien has joined her. A final battle ensures, and Ripley wins.  The end.

That may be the way people remember it, but everyone seems to forget about Jones the cat! The film is really about the survival of the clever cat, with the humans being incidental Continue reading “Why My Cat Loves The Film “Alien” (2 mins read)”

Wanna Have Fun? Do Improv!

Source: City Academy
Source: City Academy

No lines, minimal instruction, then act – that’s the essence of improvisation. I attended an excellent taster session run by the City Academy earlier this week. We were told not to worry about failing and just have fun like a child. And, boy was it fun! By the end, we, ten strangers ,were falling over each other with laughter.

If there was a structure, it would be have four elements: Continue reading “Wanna Have Fun? Do Improv!”

The Foresight of “The Matrix”

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The deeper meaning of “The Matrix” has been much debated since its release in 1999. The three most common have been that is about the ultimate struggle between man and machine, “the brain in the vat” (i.e. world as illusion) paradox or the  coming of the Messiah. The last one is especially popular. In one version, Neo represents Jesus, Morpheus represents John the Baptist and Trinity represents Mary Magdalene. While all of these are appealing, I recently came across another which I prefer.  Continue reading “The Foresight of “The Matrix””

What the Kids Are Watching These Days!

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It’s summer, so silly season. I thought I’d check out what the youngsters are watching these days. The first two are their popular choices, while the second two are my choice from the YouTube universe where tweens seem to live! Continue reading “What the Kids Are Watching These Days!”

What I’ll Be Reading/Listening/Watching On My Summer Holiday

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I’m about to take time out for my summer holidays. I like to fantasize about what I’ll get up to; that is, before reality hits and I end up doing admin, some DIY and vegging around. Here’s what would be on my fantasy list: Continue reading “What I’ll Be Reading/Listening/Watching On My Summer Holiday”

Progressive Hollywood: Ageism Only Towards Women!

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I’m using Tom Cruise as his career has been long, rather than singling him out. His most recent female co-stars, Emily Blunt (“Edge of Tomorrow”) and Rebecca Ferguson (upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), were born when Tom Cruise made his first hit movie “Risky Business” back in 1983! Here’s his full history: Continue reading “Progressive Hollywood: Ageism Only Towards Women!”