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Media misdeeds

Imagine what it takes to be a journalist these days. It’s the FA Cup final; Manchester United are going to win their first trophy since the departure of Sir Alex … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brexit and bigots

I had the not uncommon experience this morning of being called a bigot for not liking racists. Its a feature now of political discourse where the language of non discrimination … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Property porn and the Labour right

Now before we start let me just throw out an idea, that there’s a PhD to be had in mapping and comparing the locations of properties featured in HomesUnder The … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Performance redefined

I mused on whether to post this, its not after all a poetry blog. It is however a blog which is founded on a relationship between two people, which looks … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The pleasures and perils of urinals

You stand there, determined not to shuffle your feet. You pretend it’s perfectly normal to be shoulder to shoulder with three or four other men, cock out, not looking down. … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Guardian’s love affair with parish councils

The Guardian’s love affair with parish councils continues. Accordig to the Guardian, in a masterpiece of narrow focus journalism, ‘there are now a total of five urban parish councils.’ This … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bingo, betting and Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn needs some strong, long term narratives tohelp change the perception that he is a bumbler, a wreck of a man who deserves pity, not high office. Those narratives … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Every time you go away

Back in my childhood, I had an unbearably close relationship with Hall & Oates. Their white boy Philly soul was astonishing and shape-shifting; how did two white boys do such … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

No, sex work is not “just like therapy”

One of the recurring tropes that infuriates me is “sex work is just like therapy”. Whilst I can understand the appeal to respectability politics inherent in dismissing the fact sex … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

What’s going on at the Guardian?

Are the Guardian engaged in stealth advertising or product placement? I read this article because I like a cheap vicarious thrill as much as the next person. By the time … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

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