On Naivety

Bono

The opening lines of the U2 song ‘Peace on Earth’ :

Heaven on earth / We need it now / I’m sick of all this / Hanging around

 

There’s a debate that isn’t quite raging. If you google Bono + naivety, you get a lot of people criticising the U2 vocalist’s involvement in international aid. They say things like:

 

“…pompous bastard…” “Egomaniac.” and “Make Bono History”

 

And they generally have some rude things to say about his apricot-tinted sunglasses too.

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With great power comes great responsibility

Riding a bike in the city is like being a superhero. Faster than a speeding bullet, the cyclist runs red lights, pops up on the pavement, goes on the wrong side of the road, rides between the tram tracks and scoots past cars in the gutter. We have total freedom and maximum convenience. With our moral righteousness, high speeds and vigilante contempt for the strictures of society, our 21-speeds feel like the batmobile. Continue reading With great power comes great responsibility

Garbledy-gook

I was in a meeting the other day when my boss started doing mash-ups. She was mixing with such dexterity I was transported back to Saturday night, back under the mirror ball, with the pills just starting to kick in.


First she dropped ‘definity’. From context, it was clear this was a mangle of definition and certainty. And why not! There’s a bit of space in there for a new word with a new shade of meaning. I welcomed it. Later, she dropped an old school crowd pleaser – irregardless. This is my second favourite mixmash ever. Take two words with the same meaning (irrespective and regardless) and bundle them into a word that glides ever so sweetly off the tongue, and is utterly perfect in the way it delivers meaning, except for the fact that if you look closely, it seems to be a double negative. 

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A New Kind of Humility

Stephen Wolfram has a problem.  And I don’t mean the fact that his new search engine – Wolfram Alpha – is as useful as a bucketful of big toes.  It’s more than that. 

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