I recently read an article written by the CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings where he stated that getting rid of “less than top performing” employees created a better work environment. They weren’t bad employees. Just not perfect. My immediate response to his version of what I call “Corporate Eugenics” was visceral and intellectual. Was he really arguing that anyone who doesn’t exist in a perpetual state of anxiety-driven “positivity” and productivity in the name of his company’s shareholders is essentially useless? Yes. Yes, he was.

This type of psychopathic thinking not only absolves management from their duties to train and…

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Diminished Responsibility: My Life as a U.K. Sub and Other Strange Stories - Volume I
Alvin Gibbs

The best memoirs are written by strong, self-aware individuals who take their audience on a journey with them from who they were when they started to who they are now. The best authors offer him or herself up as a down-to-earth person who has, through living an interesting life, somehow changed. Diminished Responsibility: My Life as a U.K. Sub Volume 1 succeeds on both counts.

Comprised from a series of re-vamped blog entries originally published on http://www.uksubstimeandmatter.net/ with a new foreword by Henry…

2020 has been a blowout for the live music scene in the UK. The Covid-19 pandemic assured there would be no more gigs from mid-March. It’s now August and nobody knows what the future will hold. Despite this uncertainty, there are quite a few bands making and releasing new music. The Godfathers are such a band.

Formed from the remnants of The Sid Presley Experience in 1985, They are probably most-known for their 1989 album More Songs About Love and Hate, and have undergone a break-up and more than a few line-up changes since re-forming in 2007. …

Completed before the global Covid-19 pandemic — the most historically significant event in a generation — Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servant’s aptly titled History EP is a solid effort, displaying both growth and reliability in the trio’s second outing.

History serves up four new songs, each distinct in style as the band members themselves.

Vice Squad.

Reflections: Vice Squad’s Beki Bondage discusses the past and their latest EP, When You Were 17.

Earlier this month, in the midst of the UK’s lock down to prevent Covid-19, English punk band Vice Squad released a new EP titled When You Were 17. Originally formed in 1979, this latest offering shows they are fresh as ever, having lost none of their passion to either time or commercialism.

An excellent collection of four bone-crunching songs that were mixed entirely in their home studio, each track showcases lead singer Beki Bondage strong vocals against the powerful guitar riffs of long-time member…

I woke up this morning, opened the curtains and peered out at what promises to be a beautiful, warm, sunny London day. Cup of tea in hand, I settled down to the day’s work. For a moment, I forgot Donald Trump was President back home.

Then I logged on and read the news. The first headline to greet my eyes came courtesy of NBC and read, “Trump suggests ‘injection’ of disinfectant to beat Coronavirus and ‘clean’ the lungs.

Before I clicked the link, I analysed my expectations for perspective. If this had been 2017, I would have hesitated whether he…

One of my jobs is the ghost-writer of autobiographies. People tell me their life histories and I write them in their voice. Over several projects, it became apparent that individuals remember the negative events with considerably more clarity than the positive ones.

For example, I recall vividly falling into a campfire and receiving a third-degree burn on my leg in the summer of ’82, but I cannot tell you what I got for Christmas that year. I can remember every negative comment made by the opposite sex about my looks going all the way back to kindergarten. It’s harder to…

Jenn Upton

An American writer in London. I work as a personal biographer for Story Terrace.

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