"9. Compatibility is hugely overrated. I have little in common with most of my friends and with just about the entirety of my wife."
"17. The scarier the world becomes, the more important it is to focus on the correct use of 'less' and 'fewer'."
"35. There is not a single bad mood that cannot be lifted, however grudgingly, by reading a Larkin poem."
"56. Before you say anything nasty about someone, just
pause for a second and browse through some really good adjectives
in your head."
"58. 'Nice snare sound.' Always say this to someone you
like when they are playing you terrible music, especially if it's their
demo. This insincere but specific observation allows both parties to
sidestep more general, and potentially cruel, discussion. If the person
insists, they deserve everything they get, starting with 'shit snare
Five of The Thick Of It writer Ian Martin's 60 thoughts about turning 60.
(Thanks to Tim for the link.)