Friday, 15 December 2017

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life V: The Twelve Daves of Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us, a time to savour the goodwill – and also survive the godawful – among..

By Octavius Machell


Monday, 11 December 2017

Machell's Guide to surviving modern life IV: Making the gym bearable

The gym is a space consecrated to pain. But perhaps the most testing workout of all is the mental strain..

By Octavius Machell


Friday, 8 December 2017

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life III: Making the (Pretentious) Restaurant Bearable

  Mercy me: the restaurant is too pretentious for words, but you’re determined to enjoy the evening. You won’t, of..

By Octavius Machell


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life II: How to make conversation bearable

We humans are social animals, and conversation is part of the fabric of daily life. So why can it sometimes..

By Octavius Machell


Saturday, 2 December 2017

How to make public transport bearable

Any civilised person already obeys the three golden rules of public transport: don’t put bags on seats, don’t eat hot..

By Octavius Machell