Sunday, 19 March 2017
Some time in the 1990s when I bought my first Windows computer, it came with a Pingu screensaver and game, which I thought was pretty cool. Everyone knows about Pingu but I sometimes wonder if I am the only person who remembers the Pingwings. Sometimes I think I imagined them, but no, they did exist, and at least one other person remembers them too.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
On the contrary, I said, punk was great for women because lots of women were making music where they had not had the chance before. I’ve always believed in this line and until recently it never crossed my mind that after punk this didn’t really carry on.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
The good news. The BBC is advertising for women to join a pool of experts available for interview on their specialist subject. They are putting on a free “media familiarisation day” for women experts interested in appearing on television, radio and online as contributors or presenters.
The bad news. They’ve got a whole list of things they want experts in, but “music” isn’t one. “Women in music” is.
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Today the government has announced a new strategy under the title Fuller Working Lives for getting older people back into the workplace. “Calling on employers to boost the number of older workers and ensure they are not writing people off once they reach a certain age,” they say. That’s nice of them because everyone my age knows what it’s like to get knocked back when looking for work.
So what is the government actually going to do to help us?
Friday, 30 December 2016
It’s the end of the year, and blog posts are infecting the internet with words like “mindset”: the answer, apparently, to being healthier, richer and more successful next year. I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago so I’m shrugging off the advice as nothing more than an excuse for a bit of buzzword bingo.
But there are some things I can’t shrug off.