Thursday, March 30, 2017 | RECENT NOTES

Its the gig economy!

In the last few months I have seen several articles that suggest courier companies in Britain aspire to the status of the WWE, where all the wrestlers act as “independent contractors”. In November I read that ”a cycle courier who travels up to 50 miles daily has told a tribunal she has a fear of getting less work if she does not do what is asked of her in her job.”

I saw two slightly more surprising cases this week in which people effectively pay their “employers” in order to have time off ill. Of course, they do not actually have “employers”. Life is wrestling and this is the gig economy!


Headline of the Week: bagels

In today’s Guardian I noticed a story with the headline “Fight on UK train after people kept placing bagels on travellers’ heads” which seemed, in this age of post-fact journalism, well worth reading.

This, I thought, needs preserving for future generations – for reasons that I intend to make up as I go along.


Saturday, March 25, 2017 | THERE WE WERE


Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | ESSAYS

A Primer on Refugees

I did not write this essay. David Rovics wrote it. I subscribe to his newsletter, which is always informative and sometimes amusing, and this arrived this morning. For those who don’t know, David Rovics is “an American indie singer/songwriter”.

The essay does exactly what the title suggests. It provides a clear and detailed historical background that explains how and why the current situation arose.