Attempting optimistic misanthropy


If you’re reading this page, I have either insulted or momentarily amused you. Either way, it’s only fair that I let you know what you’re dealing with.

Hussy de Ville is obviously a pseudonym. I blog and tweet under a variety of different personas, some of which I get paid for. The purpose of this blog is my release valve, for the occasions when I would like to issue verbal bitchslaps but can’t in any of the other arena I have been given.

So who am I? Well, I’m a wine-drinking, cigarette-smoking freelancer living in genteel unpoverty somewhere in the UK. I am  Team (savoury) Pie rather than Team Cake. I am more Team Dog than Team Cat, though I have enjoyed servitude under furry dictators in the past. I live with my boyfriend, who most people would say is nothing special, but who is gorgeous to me because he takes all my foibles in his stride.

Politically, I am a leftist who can recognise good ideas from the right when they appear. I’m not affiliated to any particular party, and I don’t belong to any think-tanks, campaigning organisations, or NGOs. I identify as cis-gendered, but am a firm believer in LGBTQ rights. I am not ashamed to call myself a feminist, because the patriarchy hurts men as much as women. I believe that a society can be judged by how well or badly it treats its most vulnerable members.

When I’m not blogging, I’m reading; and if I’m not reading, I’m researching. If I’m not doing any of the former, I’m at the pub, thinking about new ways to draw more people into the den of real ale/general utopia that is my local. Either that, or just I’m having general pub-talk discussions about the state of the world today. I do have “proper” work, but I was stupid enough to imagine that freelance writing would keep me so busy that I wouldn’t have any time to develop bad habits. Hellooooo, samurai sudoku!

Elsewhere, I blog on business, entrepreneurship, technology, and European politics.  The reason for this blog is because there are certain times that I would love to comment on something, but the topic at hand doesn’t quite fit into any of my other niches. That, and because my rantings here would destroy the patina of credibility I have managed to foster in other fields. So here I am, belming into the wilderness at the futility of it all. This blog is about anything and everything.

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