Naming this blog The Tall Skinny Latte Philosopher is an acknowledgement that I am no philosopher at all. If the Tall Skinny Latte Philosopher is anything it’s about the kind of wisdom that comes from five and a bit decades of living, running a business, marrying, unmarrying, marrying again, having children, travelling, gardening, cycling, shopping, learning new tricks, listening to music, going to the cinema, the theatre, the opera, renting and buying houses, being up, being down, being jealous, envious, proud, being amused, being depressed, being angry, being frustrated, being misunderstood, being in love, falling out of love, thinking you’re in love and finding you’re not, having brain surgery (really) and three knee operations, having a friend die from a ridiculous accident, having friends commit suicide, having close relations die too soon, walking away from a bad car accident, being in a Boeing 707 at 20,000′ with a burning engine, nearly going bankrupt, being sued for £3m (really again), having some money, having no money and being keenly acquainted with debt.

A wise person once said that the trouble with a liberal is that they wouldn’t even back themsleves in an argument. How I relate to that! I used to hate it – I used to be jealous of people who were focused, who showed real commitment to a cause, who were unswerving in their beliefs. But then I realised that, for all the good that arises from commitment, just as much bad arises from rigidity.

So this blog strives to give a balanced view of life. If it had an editorial brief it would be to try to find a different angle, to avoid cliché and the obvious and not to be didactic but to stimulate discussion. Please join in.

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Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts is the founder of TTSLP.

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