Octavius Machell

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life XVIII: How to Make Everything Else Bearable

Well, the catharsis is almost complete: your long-suffering friend Octavius has now said what needed saying on travelling, talking, table-waiting, …

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life XVII: Making the Wedding Bearable

Marriage, eh? Everyone’s doing it. Even you, sir – who for all I know may now be swiping listlessly at …

By Octavius Machell



Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life XVI: Making the stag do bearable

On paper, it’s paradise: the chaps banding together for a last-gasp jolly before the marital knot is triple-tied. In practice, …

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life XV: Making Pop(ular) Music Bearable

Music was my first love, and it will be my last. Or it should be, were it not for all …

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life XIV: Making the family bearable

We had no say in the matter, we humans, about whether our parents should bear us or not. And many …

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Machell's Guide to surviving Modern Life XIII: Making Politics Bearable

‘Politics’ comes, of course, from the Greek for ‘many quirks’. But, after 2,500 years of linguistic inflation, a more accurate …

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life XII: Making the Office Bearable

Libraries gave us power. Then work came and made us free. But some bright spark then suggested that we should …

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Machell’s Guide to Surviving Modern Life XI: How to Make Social Media Bearable

Social media users are ubiquitous, but sociable media users are rare birds indeed. It seems that the greatest flaw in …

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Machell's Guide to Surviving Modern Life X: How to Make Football Bearable

The beautiful game, eh? Well, yes, perhaps once. But modern football has become a battle for the British viewer – …

By Octavius Machell