Sometimes, it's just a cigar

Sex, socialism and sanity without safewords

Ancestry

With thanks to Stavvers, for accidentally inspiring an overdue post. When I was due to become a father, a long time ago, I explained to the doctors looking after my … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tuesday politics

Alastair Campbell has done a brutal hatchet job on David Cameron here. It’s a neatly drawn but devastating pen portrait of Cameron as a shallow and venal opportunist. It plays … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Aint I a woman?

  Sojourner Truth is one of my heroes, as a woman, a Christian, and  a human being.  Not only did she fight, and win, the battle for custody of her … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Not my celebration

It’s Easter Sunday, and I’m an atheist. No, not that kind of atheist. I don;t feel the need to tell you about why I’m an atheist. I don’t need to … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Basic needs

Jemima wrote well, recently, about the importance of  addressing needs in their order of priority. In a comment on another blog Jem said “needs must be met first, and anyone … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

A cavalier attitude to sex

Ir is often difficult to understand why people get so exercised about how and why other people have sex. Today I have seen Melissa Farley clutching her pearls about stripping … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Hunger

  A post for In a distant galaxy, far, far away I once mused on whether BDSM was meant to hurt. I was fascinated by it, and had determined to … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 11 Comments

A short post on London, with apologies to Idris Davies

I wrote the piece below in 2012 — it may strike a chord with those who enjoyed John Harris’s piece in yesterday’s Guardian. I have loved her since I was … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Sunday Sermon;

Its’s palm sunday today in the Western Christian Calendar. As a child it was always one of my favourite church services, after all you got something to take home other … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

When rent is easier than profits

This article by Will Hutton, rehearsing the ideas of Thomas Piketty, is trenchant and significant. It rang a bell with me for a number of reasons, but mainly because of … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

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