Me: Early thirties. MA in Women’s Studies. Essayist at the beginning of her career, a woman who didn’t shy away from writing about sex, trauma, addiction and all of that Hard Life Stuff.


The personal essay is a place of expression. Exploration. Experimentation. It’s a sacred space, even. I’ve figured out a lot about myself, have had life-changing revelations and intriguing insights all while orchestrating a personal essay. I say “orchestrating” because it’s more than just the actual writing that gets me closer to me, but it’s the editing that brings enlightenment—the choreography and control of relentless revisions that undoubtedly help me to understand more about me, my relationship to language, who I am in the larger world. It’s all about finding the perfect words, their power, discovering the precise way to describe the experiences that have shaped me. Made me. The revision process is when I sit down with myself—sit in myself—to soak in my words and figure out what I’m really trying to say.

How do we think this career as an essayist is going to pan out?

The Guardian and accounting…..

A Bird scooter, for instance, will conservatively gross about $10 a day, according to Bloomberg’s Brad Stone. That’s five short rides, give or take. The scooter needs to be recharged – a job done by gig economy contractors who are paid $5 per recharged scooter – so the net profit per day is $5. With those figures, a $300 scooter with $50 worth of modifications including the GPS tracker and locking mechanisms, then pays for itself in two months.

Err, no. That’s the gross profit.

And it was all going so well

Railing against local govt subsidies to corporations who might move in. A good thing to rail against. Rather let down by this at the end:

This Forbes article by Tim Worstall begs us to question whether or not Google, Apple, and others are not truly the new Robber Barons. Taking the low road on modern corporate skullduggery, Worstall argues that Steve Jobs was no Vanderbilt. But then, Worstall is a Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute, which is a British neo-liberal think tank bonded at the hip to the likes of Tony Blair, and funded by none other than George Soros – the ultimate Robber Baron.

Perhaps this last intelligence has cemented my point for the reader. If not, stay tuned for my next report.

Author: Phil Butler

How perceptive are we to think Phil is now?

And as to the site. Owned, run, or at least proof read, by non-native English speakers. Actually, I detect a touch of the Slavic in those sentence structures.

Tim Montgomerie’s Unherd

I suspect Smith would have scoffed at last week’s attack on Norman from the London-based Adam Smith Institute. ‘With Jesse Norman as a Tory MP why bother having a Labour Party’ was the title of a blog that accused him of being “drippingly wet”.

Well, yes, try attack from 2013.

Smith’s evocative “invisible hand” phrase – coupled with his dictum that we should not expect our dinner from the baker, brewer and butcher because of their benevolence but because of their self-interest – helped people understand how self-serving behaviours can enrich the general population more effectively than centrally-planned and managed systems. But it was possibly too evocative. The temptation is focus on that aspect of his work, much like a preacher who has a few favourite Bible verses and neglects study of the longer Old and New Testament books which can appear too much like hard work or too uncomfortable to embrace. But there’s so much more to Smith than markets good, governments bad, baa, baa, baa.

Well, yes, and if Tim M would like to explain the connection between the invisible hand and the incidence of corporation tax then we’ll accept that he’s read and digested.

This amuses greatly:

At a time when changes in technology, the nature of capitalism, democratic organisation, family structure and journalism are happening simultaneously and interactively, at the top of our societies we have tech giants who turn blind eyes to immoral uses of their products, economists who only count what is statistically counted,

I’m really pretty sure that I keep insisting that we’re not in fact counting the important things. And that we’re not explains a great deal about our modern world. But, you know:

Oh, and f**k think tanks that claim to represent great thinkers but haven’t, seemingly, read the full works of those thinkers. A charge that could not begin to be levelled at Jesse Norman.

But then Jesse’s the sort of limp left Tory that Tim M thinks should be running the world.

Headline Contest

So, Gay Pride Evet, some women get into an argument, fight breaks out. The Mail’s headline:

Huge all-female brawl breaks out at San Francisco Pride parade after one woman asked if Kehlani was still singing and got a rude response

Should be possible to better than that, no?

Rug Munchers Riot In Rage…..?

A point worth repeating

One other note that I think is worth mentioning: Rupert Murdoch gets a lot of cr*p for being the poster child of destructive corporatization of media. In this story, he was the single largest investor in Theranos with $125 million of his money in the company. He was one of the older men who fell totally for Holmes. But when Holmes came to him several times asking him to shut down an out of control reporter at Murdoch-owned WSJ, Murdoch said no, despite the fact that this reporting would eventually make Murdoch’s $125 million investment worthless.

Well, I suppose so, possibly

TUI customers claim the company has left passengers ‘stranded’ as the travel provider appears to have cancelled numerous flights overnight.

Many customers have taken to Twitter overnight to reveal their anger and frustrations, claiming flights were cancelled at the last minute with no recourse in place in airports across the UK including Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester.

Passengers claim to have been left without accommodation or even water.

Many are taking to the social media platform to demand compensation.

Pictures taken at a Birmingham airport by an irritating customer shows police at the scene, but the Twitter user claims there was no TUI staff.

Ellie might nee to speak to a lawyer

The Audit Commission was by no means perfect, but it was not embroiled in the number of financial scandals that the big four accountancy firms have been. Questions need to be asked about why these companies have repeatedly been found not to be doing their jobs properly; whether the motive to make money has anything to do with that, and whether a publicly owned body that audits banks and big corporations may be necessary. The collapse of BHS resulted in 11,000 job losses: the negligence of these firms has real impacts on people’s livelihoods and families. Perhaps it’s time to bring them under public control.

The accusation that BHS’ auditors were negligent is a pretty important statement, isn’t it?

That’s lucky then, eh?

Australia’s oldest scientist, David Goodall, has ended his own life, surrounded by family at a clinic in Switzerland.

The British-born 104-year-old was forced to travel on a one-way ticket from his home in Western Australia to Switzerland

As he wasn’t intending to use the return leg of it, was he?


Telegraph, you mean mentee here:

Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest prime minster after his opposition party was declared the winner of a fractious general election on Thursday.

After a short and bitter campaign marred by corruption allegations, Mr Mohamad, 92, defeated his former mentor in a major political upset that overturns the government’s 60-year rule, official results showed.


From our ever popular series questions in headlines we can answer

What did we learn from TSB bosses’ grilling by MPs?

We would have learnt something if we’d actually had the following conversation:

“Why the cock up?”

“Because it’s very difficult”

“Why did you do it then?”

“Because every bank is going to have to do it”

“What, every bank?”



“Because banking IT systems are shit held together by sealing wax and string. Complete replacement will have to happen.”

That’s not the conversation we did get and that’s why we learnt nothing.

Reporters today, eh?

Inheritance tax should be scrapped and replaced by a system that is fairer and harder to avoid, an economic think tank has said.

Death duty is a “failed” and “unfixable” tax which does not keep up with modern society, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Adam Corlett, Senior Economic Analyst at the think tank, said inheritance tax “manages the uniquely bad twin feat of being both wildly unpopular and raising very little revenue.”

The taxman collected £5.2m from inheritance tax in 2017-2018, a 53% rise in four years, figures from HM Revenue & Customs show

m is just so close to b on the keyboard, isn’t it?

Well, no, not really

Why it matters: This family has been on the national stage for 26 years — all or most of the lifetime of anyone under 50. Chelsea Clinton, now 38, was 11 when her father, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, announced his entry into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in October 1991. He was 45 then; is 71 now.

There’s an “adult” missing before the lifetime, isn’t there?

This doesn’t work, does it?

The untold story behind the priceless Rockefeller art collection, set to be the largest art auction in history

If it’s priceless it cannot be sold because we’ll not find a price to sell it at. If it’s being sold at auction then it cannot be priceless, can it? The auction being the method of finding out what the price is.

The point about the Cajun Trinity is….

….that it has four parts to it.

The main course on Tuesday night will be a rack of spring lamb and Carolina gold rice jambalaya, “cooked in a New Orleans tradition and scented with the trinity of Cajun cooking – celery, peppers and onions, and spiced with herbs from the south lawn”, the White House announced.

Celery, peppers, onions and garlic.