Stories from the frontier

t’s a sad reflection on the tyrannies of modern life that one of the few opportunities one gets for uninterrupted writing is on a plane. This piece comes to you courtesy of an upgrade on a flight to Washington, the start of five week sequence of flights to either sell, check-up on, or take part in a series of complexity-based engagements. In-seat power, a bad film and a Gin & Tonic now stimulate an entrained pattern of concentration! It may even be necessary to install a second hand airline seat at home to achieve the same results! Of course it will also need a small screen DVD, an endless supply of romantic comedy and past episodes of Everyone loves Raymond. Entrained patterns are interesting.

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