9 mins

The thing is with… Value


What’s it all worth? …and is it all worth it? The stock market continues to climb. Property values are hitting record highs and 143,000 people have moved into work in just three months. Yet, while Britain’s billionaires have seen their net worth more than double since the recession — the average household income has only just recovered from the ...

6 mins

The thing is with… Selfies

Stood in front of a Mayan ruin recently, with camera tilted just so. Careful to juxtapose a hint of modern day paraphernalia in reconstructing the perfect ubiquitous square crop… …when the absurdity of it strikes me: why am I recording this subject in a way which thousands have done, arguably much better, before me? And ...

4 mins

The thing is with… Little Piggies

This little piggy went to market… “Hi James, well you see we have been developing this product now for the past 12 months, so we really want to make sure we give it a good launch…” Every week I get told this. Every week it makes me want to squeal. This little piggy stayed at ...

5 mins

The thing is with… Robbing a Bank.

I want to do a crime. I’m not talking about stuffing a few extra low value items in a bag at a Tesco’s self scan Anthony Worrall Thompson style… I want to rob a bank. I don’t want to harm anyone or anything, just blow-up a safe and make off with the swag, preferably after ...

4 mins

The thing is with… Legislation

legislation James Olden

‘Those travelling along country roads at night should send up a rocket every mile and then wait 10 minutes for the road to clear.’ That was the decree when cars were first introduced to Pennsylvania. The Farmer’s Anti Automobile Association went on to order that: ‘…if a motorist sees a horse coming down the road, ...

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