Hello. For a variety of reasons, I’ve been offline for a while. Often, in the summer, there is - as a friend once said to me - “a period when you stop talking”. All that I can say right now is a heartfelt sorry and if you witness such a period in the future, please don’t be afraid in asking what’s up. I’m quiet-loud-quiet: a great strategy for the Pixies, not so great for an approach to personal communication.
Firstly, the silence has been due, in part, to not having a working computer (yes, really). I’ve resorted to a 6-year-old Android tablet with a gradually-imploding screen to get things done - slowly. I have saved up and bought a computer, so am returning in that regard also.
Secondly, there are some new things in the works.
- Imperica is returning, back in its old form of arts/tech/marketing/media. I really miss being part of the intersection of creative, tech and marketing, so - once again - it’s coming back from hiatus. (No prizes for making the connection between the behaviour of the magazine and the behaviour of its publisher.) Matt is remaining on Fridays and I’ll be writing an op-ed every Thursday. I’d like to strip the week - maybe, Monday = art, Tuesday = crypto, Wednesday = something else? Thoughts welcome.
- I’m learning German and want to absolutely immerse myself in it. I’m going to diarise my learnings every day, so if you want to read my experiences alongside hints, tips and opinions (and some non-learning-related stuff) follow me at @lerntagebuch.
- Perera is open once again for copywriting commissions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re looking for content production and editorial direction. (There’s no website at the moment - it’s back soon).
Thirdly, I’m considering offering one-to-one coaching on a commercial basis. I have been a coach and a coachee, and consider that my own experiences have given me something of a unique outlook.
Finally, I’ve struggled to gain traction with my personal thoughts and writings, so have summarised my position on a number of topics, below. Some of them will make for Imperica articles in the future.
Brexit / EU
- Economically, difficult. Symbolically, a disaster, moving the UK out of the space of being a modern liberal democracy.
- This and previous governments could have reconciled the UK’s relationship with the world in terms of our people, culture, history, our place in the world and our role in the world, but didn’t. The UK is generally poor at political leadership.
- The UK is being torn apart by the Conservatives in this decade as it was in the 1980s.
- Our culture hasn’t moved on from being backward (as it were). It is hinged on two events: the Second World War - which isn’t taught as well as it should be, giving the feeling that “we” supposedly won it single-handedly; and England’s winning of the 1966 World Cup, which was referenced even this year in the Screwfix World Cup sponsorship bumpers on ITV. Where is our future? What is our future?
- I am all in for the EU. Schengen is a force for good, enabling people from across Europe to travel for business or pleasure with no fuss. Similarly, the Euro makes trade and commerce easy and standardised. We should have gone into both. Instead, we can’t even get over imperial measurements, for fuck’s sake.
- The time is coming for the Conservatives and Labour to split. Let a thousand flowers bloom.
- Vince Cable needs to quit as Liberal Democrat leader. The party should become part of future centrist politics, but not in its current form.
- Every party is taking the wrong approach to housebuilding, which is to build more housing on greenfield, rather than replace existing housing with multi-storey low-level apartments, on brownfield.
- We skew towards one city unlike most other countries. Our economy, politics, and media are all massively focussed in and towards London. This reliance is hugely problematic, as is the lack of a standard and consistent approach to regional / local government.
- The BBC seems very tired in its current form. It needs a higher quality product across fewer channels, stop being so self-promotional, and needs to stop flogging formats to death (Strictly etc) for the benefit of global TV markets.
- The volume and depth of news and political analysis is appalling in the UK - probably the worst that I have seen in Europe.
- We have a very peculiar attitude to foreign-language TV, of which the best should move to mainstream channels as is the case in most non-English-speaking countries.
- Mostly terrible everywhere.
- Little impetus for modal switching (ie from cars).
- Get on and build HS2, HS3, Crossrail, Crossrail 2, and HS4.
That's it for now. Sorry, and sorry again for the quiet-loud-quiet.