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Bar Stool Philosopher

The random thoughts of the Bar Stool Philosopher.

Bar Stool Philosopher Looks back at 2016

In January the BBC ran a story about migrants caught abusing that most traditional of British fruits, the banana. The court illustrator of the Daily Mail produced a drawing of one he had seen in the lunchbox of a friend; the banana was straight. ‘Many of my friends are foreigners’ he said; ‘this has nothing […]

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The Bar Stool Philosopher Is Seeking The Right Photo

Every creative individual knows success is all about having the right photo; the photo that makes you look artistic, interesting, good looking, sexy, strong but vulnerable, modern but classic, serious but cool; an outsider but somehow still accessible. To the viewer it will be clear that the heavy burden of your talent is lightly worn. […]

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Bar Stool Philosopher: It’s Time To Grow Up And Leave Home

The idea of a ‘god given natural order of things and people’ is central to Conservative ideology; Westminster is full of public school educated individuals, who are part of that section of society who believe they are born to lead. They believe this is natural and it is right. They know best – and they […]

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Bar Stool Philosopher says, there’s no Whooping craze

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Our task today is to Take ideas from music such as looping and apply them to writing. Ok here’s the rhythm; dit, dit, dit. Write it down and make the first dit bold (we are emphasising the first beat). Rewrite that phrase ten times – hear it loop in your head as you write – […]

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Bar stool philosopher: Songwriting for people who will never have a hit

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Lots of people write songs; most of those songs will be heard by one or 2 people or maybe a few hundred. I’m one of those people. So for most songwriters there is a need to redefine songwriting – away from the notion that you are trying to write a hit or trying to learn […]

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The Bar stool philosopher get’s anxious about Scottish Independence

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Scottish Independence? Maybe’s Aye, maybe’s nah.  Shallow, vox pop based tv ‘debates’ on Independence can only lead me to conclude; that nobody knows – or if they do know – they are not telling. Though maybe I should just conclude, ‘it’s a waste of time watching tv debates’. But then, facts and figures seem as […]

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Ohh to be a writer! The bar stool philosopher

Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac. Ohhhhh to be a writer – such fun. Here’s me, for example, being amusing in a feature for a weekend magazine, or me working my immersive magic on page 354 of my novel, or me being asked by the literary critic of The Observer what makes me tick, makes […]

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The Bar Stool Philosopher: Structured inequality, statistics and the individual

Statistics show that people born into lower income families in poorer areas don’t have the same ‘life chances’ as those born into higher income families. For want of a better description – this demonstrates the existence of ‘structured inequality’ i.e. institutions and individuals have in-built ways of operating that leads to: people born poor staying […]

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