Please take part in my little social experiment26 May

Please take part in my little social experiment.

Next time someone says to you:

“Have a nice day”, reply “It’s already begun”.

Make sure they understand the subtext

(That meeting you has just been the start).

Get them to take part in your little social experiment:

Next time someone says to them:

“Have a nice day”, they must reply “It’s already begun”.

Making sure they understand the subtext

(That meeting them has just been the start).

Then see how long it is before, when you say:

“Have a nice day” to someone, they say “It’s already begun”.

Send me the time it took – I’ll send you mine.


Seven reasons to read Alan Sillitoe’s “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner”23 Sep

long distance

1. It’s a book of short stories.

2. The onomatopoeias and the rhythms of the sentences: On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jogtrot, jogtrot, crunchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion…
(Title story)

3. The breathtakingly sad endings: Yes, I cry, but neither of us did anything about it, and that’s the trouble. (The Fishing Boat Picture).

4. The fabulous Nottingham vernacular: I could scoff a horse between two mattresses. (Noah’s Ark)

5. The tragicomic scenes: “I’m going ter ‘ang messen, lad,” he told me, as though he’d done it a time or two already, and people had usually asked him questions like this beforehand. (On Saturday Afternoon)

6. The precise portraiture of the characters: I swear blind he didn’t know the difference between an apron string and a pair of garters, though I’m sure his brand-new almost-beautiful wife must have tried to drum it into his skull before she sent him whining back to his mother. (The Disgrace of Jim Scarfedale)

7. My copy is so yellowed, it looks like papyrus.


Six things not to say to a celebrity16 Sep


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1. Wow – you’re much smaller in real life!

2. Why do the press dislike you so – even the quality ones?

3. I liked your earlier work much more than the new stuff.

4. Is it really that hard to stay married or are you just a commitment-phobe?

5. Those recent revelations about your past didn’t change my opinion at all – you dragged yourself up from the gutter and that’s fine by me.

6. Could you sign this? It’s not for me, its for my girlfriend – she thinks you’re good.


The men, the music and the media06 Sep

JOC book

Five reasons to read “The Junior Officers Reading Club” by Patrick Hennessey (published by Allen Lane)

1. Though we’ve successfully wedged the i-pod speakers into the dashboard of the WMIK (a weapons mounted installation kit: a stripped-down and up-gunned Land Rover) the combination of wind and static crackle on the radio is drowning out even Metallica’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ which – after extensive debate – has pipped Too Many DJs Prodigy vs Enya ‘Smack My Bitch Up (Orinoco Flow)’ as the soundtrack of choice for our first foray ‘OUT’ (page 21)
2. The RAF crew as we’d landed had capitulated to the yankeeism that’s everywhere and played The Killers over the C130 intercom, and it was still playing in my head, ‘boy, one day you’ll be a man,’ as we drank in the city through the open chopper doors (page 157)
3. We’re appreciative of the lift of 2 Many DJs mash ups or AVH’s ‘My My My’ as we cock pistols or fix bayonets and charge once more into the labyrinth of stone and goats and rabid dogs (page 176)
4. Of course there weren’t enough vehicles and of course communications were rubbish, of course we needed more helicopters and of course the boys were tired, but it had ever been and would ever be thus. No army in the world ever had all it needed, no commander ever suffered from too many resources, and the funny thing was we resented the presumptuous journalism more than the shortages (page 197)
5. Nothing rankled more than having friends and colleagues spun by clueless, career-politician dickheads (page 272)

The Bizlike Organisation apologies unreservedly for any infringement of copyright, but you’ll sell more books now, won’t you? Buy this book.


Hipsters of Planet Earth16 Jul

docklands night blog

Hipsters of planet Earth don’t just stand there leaning, we need money We need money and a plan. We need a plan, money and somewhere to lean 9:52 PM Mar 26th from web

With the money we’ll buy up an ailing IT corporate: suits, geeks and bags of bandwidth. That’s the plan, await further instructions. Lean to 9:55 PM Mar 26th from web

Right, that’s done. Now taking advantage of heavily discounted prices we make a highly leveraged bid for every other corporate on the planet 9:59 PM Mar 26th from web

Wow that took a while. Who’d have thought the banks would be so mean? But now we own everything including the banks so keep the money folks! 10:03 PM Mar 26th from web

That was a Thweatre piece, brought to you by Bizlike-Owners-of-Everything plc. The cost of this tweet has been charged to your credit card. X 10:06 PM Mar 26th from web


An introduction to Sociodrama: Strangers on a plane14 Jun


Moreno devised two modalities to facilitate exploration of role: sociodrama for collective components and psychodrama for private components.
Sternberg and Garcia: “Who’s in Your Shoes?”

SCENE ONE: Charles de Gaulle airport. Enter two men separately who join the same check-in queue.

First man to second:
What’s holding us up? Oh look its those chavs with all the kids – I wouldn’t give that push-chair to the baggage handlers here – they’re lethal! I thought you were French… They’ve been to (well-known theme-park) – I worked there for ten years, I was a cast-member. On two bottles of wine a day I was by the end – the stress sent me alcoholic.

(theme of Sociodrama: keeping up appearances)

SCENE TWO: A bar beyond passport control.

First man to second:
Thanks – you on business? I’ve just been to see my son – he lives with my ex-wife. He’s French, same as her. My girlfriend’s thrown me out – she’s taken her husband back, I don’t know why – she told me he was rubbish in bed. Now I’ve got to stay at my mother’s. No – I’ll get these.

(theme of Sociodrama: matrimony and parenthood)

SCENE THREE: In the queue at security

First man to second:
I hate this bit. He’s tall for a Japanese isn’t he? Look at my passport photo – that’s two years ago. I’ve got contacts now and a better hairdresser! Here we go – careful what you say to them – I’ve had the rubber-glove job. Twice.

(theme of Sociodrama: identity)

SCENE FOUR: on the aircraft.

First man to second:
So you teach public-speaking? Have you ever done any couriering? You just take a package as hand luggage. I took a CD to Milan once for £300 all expenses paid. Oh, they let you open the package to see what you’re carrying. It was for Ferrari. I copied it onto my laptop – it was all aerodynamic settings for the bodywork. I hate take-off – did you know that the black-box is actually orange? So they can find it in the charred wreckage. My wife put us into a lot of debt and I had a bit of a breakdown. You’re OK you are, you know? You’re easy to talk to. That guy in front of us at check-in – with his Ralph Lauren suit and his Ralph Lauren luggage, on the phone to his Ralph Lauren wife…! Yes, thanks. Same again. You’re not driving are you?!

(theme of Sociodrama: materialism)

SCENE FIVE: Arrivals lounge at East Midlands

First man to second:
Well I’d better phone my mother then. And get a taxi. She’ll be surprised… Take care.

(theme of Sociodrama: homelessness)

You can explore one of your own Sociodramas and apply related techniques at Manchester YHA on July 4th-5th

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