Withered stumps of time

Yeah, I know, it’s been a while…

There were reasons for inactivity. In June a couple of major family events, one happy, one less so, contrived to make a thorough mess of my life, a mess which took several months to sort out. Then a new professional possibility arose, one which would, if I’d followed it up, have meant not blogging, at least not in this form. I decided not to go that way, but it did make me think quite hard about what I am doing and why, and whether giving time to a blog was an appropriate part of that.

Anyway, I’m back, with a more intentional idea of what I want this space to be (pretty much what it was, only now by choice rather than by chance). This will continue to be a place for ideas I find interesting enough to record, but which are sufficiently minor, or undeveloped, or exploratory, that they could not find a more traditional publishing outlet. If anyone wants to read, and perhaps to reflect, then be welcome; if you want to help me develop or discard the ideas by posting comments, then be very welcome.

I intend to blog about weekly, but with the caveat that I am more interested in the quality of ideas than their frequency. In a week where I simply have nothing to say, I will not feel any compulsion to construct a post just to keep the counter ticking over.


  1. Andy Goodliff
    Nov 15, 2008


    great to have you back – you’ve been missed.

  2. fernando A Gros
    Nov 15, 2008

    Yes, great to see you back.

    Though I am curious, in the broadest sense, about what sort of job would require one not to blog.

  3. Steve H
    Nov 15, 2008

    Thanks both,

    Fernando, not so much ‘not to blog’ as ‘not to blog like this’. I don’t want to say much (it was an approach in confidence, and should be honoured as such), but for an analogy, perhaps taking a job as a political journalist, or as an official within a political party would cause one to cease a blog that was a repository for odd political thoughts?

  4. Neil B
    Nov 15, 2008

    As others have said it is great to have you back blogging. I look forward to your undeveloped thoughts, which always look so much more coherent than my best ones.

  5. Jon
    Nov 15, 2008

    They asked you to be the next Prime Minister didn’t they!

  6. Steve H
    Nov 15, 2008

    ‘Analogy’, Jon – we did it in third year, remember?

  7. Jon
    Nov 16, 2008

    Must have been asleep – what does Thomas Aquinas know anyway…

  8. Jon
    Nov 16, 2008

    You were asked to present Blue Peter?

  9. Jon
    Nov 16, 2008

    Archbishop of Canterbury

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