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Monthly Archives: March, 2016

Walls and circles of death

Did you watch Guy Martin on Channel 4 last night? In case you didn’t, essentially, Martin, a kind of anti-Clarkson for men who don’t like spoilt little rich kids playing … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Corbyn and authenticity

The leader of the Labour Party has had, according to his critics,a bad week. He is, at best, a reticent public speaker who gives the air of a Quaker who’d … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Half smiling for patriarchy

How many of you have that practiced half smile for when strange men accost you in the street? That fixed expression judged to be not too friendly, but friendly enough, a smile created to please patriarchy, a mask we hope will protect us from being todays victim.

March 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

Low Notes

Music posts are far more the territory of my fellow traveller here, but as I listened to the incomparable Janis Joplin, pain pouring from her with each sweet note, I … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

Defining monogamy

The tangled world of privacy, celebrity and the law is rarely edifying, orenlightening. Even more rarely is it ever enlightened. For those reasons it’s a pleasure to be able to … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Sunday Sermon;Palm Sunday

It’s been a while since I did one of these, for a number of reasons, but high on the list is the fact I left my church. I would like … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Moral equivalence and the moment

During the Miner’s Strike I spent a lot of time, in a lot of places where angry men and women discussed how they might fight back. We were not naive, … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · 5 Comments

Untangling Privilege

One of the reasons people seem to react badly to the idea of privilege (or being ascribed a position of privilege) is that it causes them to have to question … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Schadenfreude and the commentariat

The news that Ian Duncan-Smith has spat out his dummy is horrific news for the commentariat. There has been no warning, no pre-briefing, just a curt and brutal letter to … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Let me through, I have a certificate

After a great morning with Jem, I was walking round my local Asda, looking for bargains. I was, it has to be said, very chilled. I noticed the couple, late … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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