Pretzel Logic

One a modest monument to an admirable political union; the other an empty ditch where the lying narcissist promised to be!

The ‘Best of British’ – the ‘worst of FK(a)UK’…

Visits to Sofia, Bucharest, Bratislava, and then Westerngrund, Spessart-Mainland in North West Bavaria – the geographical centre of the EU28 – largely confirms observations from the tour’s first stage earlier this month. A better future should comprise continental-scale, enabling political unions, of highly distinctive small and mid-size nations and regions, sharing global visions and values. The EU, warts and all, is currently the leading exemplar of this type of approach. It has enough positive work-in-progress upon which to build – if its globally pretentious larger members can shrug off exceptionalism and behave with some degree of generosity and humility. The UK is currently totally incapable of this – hence the requirement for FK(a)UK’s hara-kiri.

‘Authentic karaoke’ – the best we can hope for from the oxymoronic George Osborne

I recently attended a ‘karaoke competition’. As an occasional vocal exhibitionist, the competition struck me as incongruous – to say the least. Karaoke should never be ‘competitive’ and judgemental. At its essence, karaoke is open to anyone – however good or bad at singing – who wants to have a bit of fun, entertain those …

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A Steely Dan take on local growth…

I could make a case for any one of Steely Dan’s first five albums being my favorite, and their greatest. Taken together, ‘Can’t Buy a Thrill’ (1972), Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), Pretzel Logic (1974), Katy Lied (1975), and Royal Scam (1976), present an exquisite, engaging portfolio of Dan’s intelligent, almost-unique rock ‘genre’. They also tell …

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Rikki don’t lose that number – building successful towns and cities amidst the pretzel logic of government’s approach to local economic development…

Making unusual connections and applying them to learning about an issue or problem is a relatively well-established creativity exercise. So it was with huge excitement that I set a break-out challenge to a recent action-learning group with whom I am working on city development, to find the relevance of one of my favourite songs – …

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