Sometimes, it's just a cigar

Sex, socialism and sanity without safewords

Man gardening

We had a neighbourly barbecue the other night. Or rather, my neighbours had a barbecue and invited me. Over beer and burned sausages, I fell to talking with a young … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

A statistic for a statistic

This post is being re-tweeted into my Twitter timeline. As an example of the fatuous, idiotic, eye for an eye partisanship that inspires the supporters of both sides in the … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Sunday Sermon; Erasing Women

I have a confession, I am a fan of The News Quiz, although only as default for it not being the Now Show. I know, I really am that middle … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

Making his story

I found this old post and thought it deserved another outing. Not least because, in the week that governments and other are claiming that mass murder is justified, it’s time … Continue reading

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Cullercoats to Whitley Bay to me…

Jem blogged beautifully about Cullercaots and her childhood here as a wonderful metaphorical device in a post about sex. I first heard of Cullercoats in this song, when I was … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Last Tango in Cullercoats

It is a common trope of sex writing to compare great sex to dancing, and what dance is more sensual or erotic than the Tango? What though when sex goes … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 5 Comments

The constant DRIP of news management

Do you believe it was coincidental that this story came out this week? In case you’re wondering, the real DRIP is worse than the version described by Charlie Brooker here. … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bangles and Beads

As a child I was taught that when Captain Cook travelled the globe he carried a variety of shiny objects to win favour with the locals wherever he met some … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 10 Comments

History and belief

As an amateur historian, I am accustomed to evaluating sources. Part of the process of critically appraising sources involves a judgement about the breadth of vision of the individual who … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Sunday Sermon; Suicide and the right to die

  Content note, this post discuses suicide at length but without details of methods, it also discusses suicidal ideation I spent part of last night supporting a friend who was … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

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