Accepting Expectations of Exceptions

So recently I found myself in the cinema, enjoying a film without pre-existing fandom, or a belief in the idea of “good-bad” films. Somebody deigned to tell me that my enjoyment was only because I had no expectations of the film at hand. I find myself wholly resenting this assumption that it is only possible to enjoy something if you already expect it to

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When tradition becomes Tradition

Traditional Lemonade is supposed to taste like hand crushed lemonade sold at the side of streets by sweaty urchins in deep summer. It costs more than conventional clear lemonade and is available in a variety of bottle sizes and brands. This isn’t news. It’s seems that for a long time that anything can be made “Traditional” by slapping a pricetag on it

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Looking back at yourself looking forward to yourself Genuinely expect the genuinely unexpected

Eight years ago a skinny short-haired guy who had the same face and DNA as me bundled most if not all of his worldly possessions and hopes into a van and moved it up to Manchester. It was a largely impulsive decision based on lingering background expectations of what a new life there might comprise. If you asked that guy a year before if he expected to be

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Their names are Bonnie & Clyde, and they Bonnie & Clyde When does a crime become an institution?

Often when stood at a cashpoints/ATMs in the dark with a sufficient number of people around me whom the media has at some point told me to fear, I find myself overly concerned with the possibility of a cashpoint mugging. It dawns on me with odd clarity that it is just that- “A Cashpoint Mugging” of which I’m afraid, not someone opportunistically taking

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His name is Jon and he collects thimbles.

What follows is a fictionalized short of a man I met during a hospital stay in late 2010. His name is Jon and he collects thimbles, not that anyone asked him that. Only he’s never paid for, stolen, or exchanged something for a thimble in his life. For some reason he can’t remember he found himself with some thimbles, and bought a display stand for

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