Hedging

Hedging

29 August 2019

One Saturday afternoon, myself and my Dad decided to trim the hedges on our front porch. The work was well overdue but the one thing holding us back was that we didn’t have an electric hedge trimmer. Previous attempts to tame the growth had to be done with a pair shears. Sure that’s a nice workout, but with the state these hedges were in, we required more firepower. So we purchased a brand new state-of-the-art electric hedge trimmer the weekend before. Dual action, diamond grounded blades and 45...


The Good Immigrant

The Good Immigrant

22 August 2019

It seemed like an insane, racially provocative, almost inappropriate title for a book to be published in today's political climate. When I was browsing the staff picks section at Foyles, these three words strung together on a binding was one of the last things I expected to see. But that's exactly what made me pick up the book. Because in today's insane, racially provocative and (in that context) wholly inappropriate climate, we need a book that is going to challenge our politics. The Good Immi...


Afro

Afro

04 July 2019

Let’s get this straight. It’s not magical, it’s not weird and it certainly doesn’t warrant wondering hands. Afro hair is no more special than any other kind of hair. Throughout school however, this was not the case. Of course in the later years the excitement died down, but in primary school (where black people were few and far between, at least back in my day and in my ends) the hair attracted a lot of attention. I would see them coming from a mile away. Kids, bolting down the playground with...


Building a PC

Building a PC

27 June 2019

As a web developer, I often tell people that I'm all about the software, not hardware. You have problems with your printer worse than a jam? I'm not the guy to fix it. Wi-Fi not working? Did you switch it off and on again? Yes? Then I can't help you anymore. However, a recent desire which failed to realise the reality of my bank account, alongside a growing interest in Windows 10, empowered me to experiment with building my own PC. Building a PC is seen as a rite of passage in the tech communit...


Life After Instagram

Life After Instagram

22 June 2019

"Do it for the gram." A popular phrase amongst millennials alike, akin to doing something only to post it on social media. Well, for the few months I've been exploring "do it because you can". Akin to doing something, because you're alive. It was on Christmas Eve that I made the decision to give up Instagram, Twitter and Facebook indefinitely. (Facebook has been on its way out for a while, let's be honest.) I wanted to be present while opening presents with my family and not spend time adjusti...


Changelog 3.0

Changelog 3.0

22 June 2019

And so, here we are. Back again for another round of thoughts and stories. Except this time, we're trying something completely different. If by some miracle you're an avid follower of this blog, you'll know I've been a fan of WordPress for many years. The platform powers around 30% of the internet and has gained a cult following amongst many bloggers, developers and publications around the world. A short while ago I decided that it's no longer for me. Not for the first time mind you, but this t...


How To Kill a Spider

How To Kill a Spider

06 December 2018

The most epic, the most famous, the most spectacular standoff man has ever faced is that of man versus spider. An intense battle where only the fittest, the strongest and the bravest competitor with unmatched cunning will be the victor. Be glad because you’re reading this......


The Switch

The Switch

11 June 2018

Alright, my hands are up. I am an Apple fanboy. Their products have always fascinated me. Something about having both the hardware and software designed by the same company, allowing the tech I own to possess a seamless synergy, has really gripped me. Currently, I’ve got a MacBook and an iPad, which work very well together. But if you really want to experience all that Apple has to offer, you’ll need an iPhone also. That coveted rectangle (at least in my opinion), is the glue that holds all the ...


(No)tifications

(No)tifications

03 May 2018

On his summer holiday, Daniel, sits on his bed wondering why his phone hasn’t beeped with a notification for the last two weeks. When he discovers the truth, he is less than pleased…...


The Process

The Process

19 April 2018

Maybe you’re sitting at home, on your bed, gazing aimlessly, thinking, "I should be doing that thing I said I was going to do this morning." If you’re like me, you’ll think that, and then go back to doing whatever it was you were doing. But every now and again, willpower wins. So, if you’ve made it this far already, sit back as I try to detail what happens when willpower does win –  regarding this blog – resulting in The Process. "Wait, so there’s actually some sort of method you use for writin...


Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

03 April 2018

When Mr Michaels, a teacher at Green Willow High, decides to spend the night at school in an attempt to disrupt a disastrous plan brainstormed by two students, he soon learns, he's in for more than he bargained for......


The Problem With Using an Unknown Shower

The Problem With Using an Unknown Shower

13 April 2015

Perhaps, one of life’s greatest challenges, is using a shower that you aren’t familiar with. Whether it belongs to your friend, a partner or a family member, the terror is simply inevitable. Because once you’re in there —naked —that’s it. For whatever reason, it seems like the worst thing you could do is step back into the world you used to find so simple. With all those knobs, levers, taps, plugs and shower heads staring at you, it suddenly transpires that nothing is simple anymore. However, s...


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