‘i left the room with silent dignity – but caught my foot in the mat’..
(from ‘diary of a nobody’..)
Flicking through the papers this week I was aghast and affronted at the sheer volume of interviews with and articles about lifestyle gurus – nutritionists – dieticians – sex therapists – hypnotists – yoga teachers – monks and nuns – all flogging their own brands of enlightenment.
‘Give full attention to whatever you are doing’ says acupuncturist-to-the-stars Gerad Kite who has a new book out.
‘Try not to let your thoughts drift’ which mine already had before I got to the word ‘let’.
‘Make eye contact when you buy a paper’ the inner-peace advocate advises.
What – with the paper? What if you pay at the self-checkout?
Anyway as I sneeringly made my way through all the advice on diets and stress-busting cures I stumbled across the following sentence from the Japanese queen of tidying Marie Kondo:
‘Have you ever had the experience where you thought that what you were doing was a good thing but later learned that it hurt someone? This is somewhat similar to the way many of us treat our socks’.
Yes, ha ha hilarious – only Kondo is the one laughing all the way to the bank.
Her book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying has been published in 21 countries with 17 more to follow.
In an interview she explained that Europeans sometimes have difficulty understanding certain aspects of Japanese culture – one of which is the belief that inanimate objects have souls and are our equals.
I like Kondo and lots of her ideas make sense but I’d like the world to start treating humans as equals before we start giving toilet roll holders and drain covers rights.
Kondo encourages us to talk to our possessions: ‘Hey slip look at you – jet black and smooth as satin. You complement the line of my dress without ever stealing the show’ and ‘Dear screwdriver thanks to you I put this shelf together in no time’.
I can tell you right now that I will not do this.
I barely speak to my own family so I am not going to start bigging up the thermostat any time soon.
Replacement penis surgery.
Dogs that can smell cancer.
some remarkable innovations designed to make the world a better place.
Electric cars are rolling off assembly lines.
The next wave could see more electric motor-bikes take to the streets.
Not small things – but machines capable of speeds to ruffle more than feathers.
The bikes have been around a few years now – handicapped by a lack of charging stations – limited range and slow recharge times.
These shortcomings are changing.
New battery technology means high-performance electric street machines are more than capable of footing it with their petrol-powered rivals.
The electric bikes win out in the emissions game and for those who live in quiet valleys where Harley riders shatter the weekend peace ebikes are disturbingly quiet.
Riders of the gruntiest electric machines compare their high-speed steeds to riding in a spaceship.
Electric bikes have lower maintenance needs – though still suffer in the distance stakes – causing some owners ‘range anxiety.’
Prices tend to be higher than conventional alternatives – but that could change with the signal that the German giant BMW is touting a high-performance bike – the eRR.
That little ‘e’ stands for ‘experimental’ which hints that there is more to come.
BMW’s motorcycle division sells an electric scooter – the C Evolution – but the road bike would be another step.
Where the industrial heavyweight holds useful cards is in its global sales network – which already promotes the i3 town car and the sporty i8.
The two-wheeled revolution is coming down the autobahn.