I was quite annoyed at Thom Yorke this morning. 

I had a beautiful little phrase in my head when I woke up at 5am. A phrase that made me feel calm and happy. (It’s quite a judgemental little phrase by the way, but it made me feel brilliant and not at all oppressed).

This phrase made me feel good about myself. About my creativity, ambition and sense of adventure.

This four word phrase also reminded me that being ‘wrong’ in many people’s eyes is all part of the game we are playing. We should embrace this second point wholeheartedly.

In fact, if we are palatable to everyone we are definitely, definitely doing something terribly wrong.

Thom Yorke

Anyhow, the phrase is:

Dreamers. They Never Learn.

There is probably a proper name for something like this. A thing that was designed to be an insult but ends up being a compliment.

What is it that we are supposed to learn, exactly? That life is not for dreaming? That’s like saying life is not for living. Living is dreaming.

Every time I read it I can see the kind of person that says this. And the kind of person it is said to.

Thank feck I am the latter.

Oh, and the reason I am annoyed at Thom Yorke is because it’s not my phrase, it’s his. The beautiful song and video from which the lyric comes (it’s the first line) is called Daydreaming.

If you are reading this in your email, go to 50odd.co.uk to watch and listen. If you’re at 50odd.co.uk already, it’s below.


  1. I love reading your daily notes Michael, I think what you are doing with 50odd is phenomenal! Interesting reading, thought provoking and written with a beautiful authentic no nonsense but warm tone. I absolutely adore it!

  2. Not quite sure how I haven’t heard this song or watched this video before, but hugely grateful to you for sharing it here. Made me cry (in a good way). Something in its wonderfully unreal quality reminded me of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’. Anyway, thank you and here’s to lots more dreaming…

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment Katie. That Thom Yorke chap is good isn’t he? Please keep in touch x

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