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,..

By Octavius Machell


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,..

By Octavius Machell


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..

By Octavius Machell


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..

By Octavius Machell


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..

By Octavius Machell


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..

By Octavius Machell


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..

By Octavius Machell


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