Marking time

Barked at soldiers and bandsmen across the globe, the order to ‘mark time‘ keeps people moving without actually making progress. Its best use is to maintain theatre and momentum while elements of a parade come together. It’s most commonly seen metaphorically, as we keep busy in the present and leave our dreams and hopes to manifest themselves in the future. The end of marking time … Continue reading Marking time

There’s rubbish in the nearby woods

I don’t mean litter, I mean there’s a recycling centre/rubbish tip there. Nonetheless, the woods are exceptionally pretty in places and great to run through. I can easily spend an hour trotting around in what seems like just a small strip on the map, without beating the same path twice. Of course that could just mean I run slowly, but that’s not point. Until my … Continue reading There’s rubbish in the nearby woods


Time, my physics teacher friend has told me, is an illusion. Not from a philosophical perspective, but because hard science equations don’t require time as a variable. I didn’t ask him to illustrate as, in the world at large, how we feel time might be fluid but it definitely happens. Johann Hari notes the importance of being able to picture a future, to alleviate depression. … Continue reading Timescales