Sometimes, it's just a cigar

Sex, socialism and sanity without safewords

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 · 4 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

Charities and the long run

It’s the London Marathon tomorrow, which will attract an orgy of news reporting quite out of proportion with the significance of the event. The BBC will splash on it, just … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cameron, Jesus and the Big society.

One of the better twitter hashtags of late has been #CameronJesus, proving satire isn’t dead and that comedy and politics do mix. ┬áIt was prompted by a series of claims … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dear Jessie

Apparently JessieJ wants us to stop talking about her sexuality. She’s caught in the paradoxical trap of demanding privacy by making a public statement. Demanding that people stop talking about … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 6 Comments

Never the straight path

This is a post from almost 3 years ago, made in my personal online journal. It reminds me that learning to like myself has been a slow but wonderful journey. … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

More than just posturing

This blog entry is dedicated to Arthur C Clarke, who wrote a short story that I read as a child which posited that the original inhabitants of Earth fled to … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Sunday Sermon; Physician heal thyself

This is the first of what I hope will be a series of posts concerning the narratives we impose on survivors of childhood sexual abuse, prompted by the fact it … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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