Gray Power by Trevor Plumbly

Aren’t colours funny? We’ve been indoctrinated with the concept that the principle ones are somehow linked to personality traits and moods; black, white, red, green, blue and yellow all used as descriptive indicators, but not gray. Gray is a sort of non-colour, along with being an escapist word ideally suited to those who’ve entered a process and emerged with nothing. ‘It’s a gray area’ is a phrase that might have been tailor-made for politicians, but lately it seems to have been hijacked by all manner of people to camouflage that they haven’t… Read More

Another Futile War or God Bless America by Trevor Plumbly

Living Through World War II I was born in the early years of World War II. Living about 30 miles from London, I can vaguely remember being able to hear the sounds of bombs falling and the whistle of doodlebugs en route to the capital. It was a time of enormous personal suffering for those living in the targeted areas; it was also a time of individual sacrifice, heroics and possibly the last totally unified expression of national pride to grip the British public. As a result, my inherited knowledge of the… Read More

Angela’s ABCs disinterested and uninterested

Words easily confused: Disinterested and uninterested Disinterested and uninterested have very different meanings. Disinterested means impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced. Uninterested means not interested. ‘In court, the judge must maintain a disinterested approach to the proceedings.’ ‘The court reporter was so uninterested in the proceedings that he nodded off to sleep.’