Essex breeds outsiders like nowhere else

A version of this article appeared in the Essex Chronicle Bestselling author Robert Kelsey has just written The Outside Edge with the aim of helping those that “don’t belong” succeed on their own terms What does a white male know about being an outsider at work or in business? Since the publication of The Outside Edge: How Outsiders Can Succeed …

Why the solar eclipse left me cold

Hurrah, it was cloudy yesterday morning. Really cloudy: that dirty-white duvet-thick covering that only British skies seem capable of. Oh, how I love the British weather on such occasions as the solar eclipse. There was absolutely no chance of viewing it here in London, meaning there was absolutely no chance of being distracted by yet another daft thing intended to …

Is Brand the “psycho” in claret and blue?

I’ve always been rather proud of West Ham’s higher-than-average celebrity following. All the more so because, unlike – say – Chelsea or Manchester United (or even Liverpool), West Ham isn’t a cup-winning club attracting famous supporters for that reason. Rather, it’s a local football club that happens to be located in an area generating lots of high-achievers. All those celebrity …

The Clacton wave: four reasons it’s tidal

Yesterday’s Evening Standard carried an extraordinary article from Douglas Carswell MP, the UKIP victor of the Clacton byelection – stating that “digital democracy” was the reason for the unprecedented hemorrhaging of support from Britain’s two main political parties. Immediately, I suspected he was exaggerating the tech-savvy skills of those on the Grey Coast of Essex but it turned out he …

It’s celebrity generating Brand’s radicalism – not alienation

Am I the only person finding Russell Brand painful at the moment? Involved in the anti-austerity “protests” in Central London on November 5th, his views seem to have taken a sharply radical turn of late. Given his articulate delivery, they sound plausible – of course – but they’re starting to stray into the realms of the ridiculous: undeserving of appearances …