Columns

Career? What a Scam!

21 May 2020 | Columns

This was first published in Issue 48 of the Idler under the title “The Delusions of Career.” It was the first installment of my long-running “Escape” column. With this column, editor Tom has asked me to share my escape plans and tips for breaking free of wage slavery and consumerism. I don’t mind sharing them: […]

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Escape the Hot New Thing

27 April 2020 | Columns

This was first published in Issue 62 of the Idler under the title “hot under the collar.” It was the 17th installment of my long-running “Escape” column. Patience, at the risk of sounding like an aunty, is a virtue. It really is. Patience keeps you sane when you’re waiting for a bus and, more vitally, […]

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Escape the Snip-Snip Tyranny of the Barber

23 March 2020 | Columns

This was originally published as “Cut Back” in Issue 64 of the Idler, the 17th installment of my long-running “Escape” column. Hairdressing? What a scam! Just because hair growth itself is inescapable–advancing like the undead, imperceptibly but inevitably–the barbers think they’re inescapable too, that we’ll come crawling back in six weeks’ time for more of […]

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Librarium Part Four

24 June 2008 | Columns

Librarium #4: The Library of Bee Keeping Beekeeping, whether as a profession or a hobby must be an ultimate idler fantasy. Sit back and let the insects take care of things while you spread their honey on a bagel or dribble it lazily into your chamomile tea. The bees enjoy their work and you enjoy […]

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Librarium Part Three

02 September 2007 | Columns

This is the third edition of my Idler column about interesting libraries. * Librarium #3: Scotland’s oldest public library By Robert Wringham The modern provincial library is a useful thing if you want to check your hotmail account or read a biography of Sharon Osborne. Due to the pressure put upon librarians by councils to […]

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