A couple of days ago I came across a great anecdote. It concerned the skirmish that broke out in the early 1750s between an Englishman called Jonas Hanway, and the hansom cab drivers of London.

Hanway’s crime was being the first umbrella user in the city. Prior to that point…

Occasionally I’ve seen it noted that the more normal, safe, and suburban someone’s life, the more gruesome and unpleasant the novels they like to read.

There’s a great line in the sitcom Peep Show where socially awkward Mark thinks to himself:

“Look at me; I’ve got a girlfriend. A proper…

Alex M H Smith

Strategist writing on the nature of complex systems in philosophy, business, and football. Founder of www.basicarts.org.

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