Monthly Archives: March 2011

Privates on Parade

Three or four years ago, I announced to a waiting world – well, my family actually, none of whom were exactly quivering with excited anticipation if I’m honest – that I was no longer prepared to travel to and from … Continue reading

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Prohibition

We are reaching the point where it is more difficult to obtain perfectly legal goods than it is to buy illegal drugs. It really has come to something that it is now more dangerous to put a little salt on … Continue reading

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Notes from the Asylum

Just when you thought that a royal wedding was excitement enough, along comes the announcement that we’re all going to be given new, improved gas and electricity meters! Hoorah for our wonderful, bountiful politicians: they know how to please an … Continue reading

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The death of journalism

I despair of modern journalistic standards. For those of you who don’t subscribe to Channel 4’s Snowmail – an e-mailed digest of the day’s stories likely to appear on their 7pm bulletin – here is how they have chosen to … Continue reading

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The abuse of innocents

First, a disclaimer. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned or the Daily Mail on one of its rants. The Mail is given to hysteria, middle-England angst and a stream of vapid guff about ‘celebrities’ (barely) dressed to pass … Continue reading

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If you believe everything you read, better not read*

Time Traveller Girl II has been in touch. She doesn’t tweet, she doesn’t text, she doesn’t ping, she doesn’t write on my wall, she doesn’t Skype, she doesn’t nudge, she doesn’t even e-mail:  … she phones. How very 19th century.. … Continue reading

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The suicide of democracy*

There has been a disturbing trend of unaccountability emerging in the western, so-called democracies. Politicians have not been highly regarded for their trustworthiness (the UK’s use of the word ‘honourable’ when talking about MPs is surely ironic) but their tendency … Continue reading

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Demain, demain..

As if there weren’t enough already, here is another reason to love France and its people.

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Stupid is as stupid does

Albert Einstein is alleged to have said, “Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe.” He was probably right to be unsure about the universe as current thinking suggests … Continue reading

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Intended consequences? A conspiracy theory*

Do you remember those golden, idealistic days when environmentalism meant saving disappearing species and habitats and rainforests? When being green was synonymous with idealism and harmony and balance? How did it come to this? In the case of Indonesia, so-called … Continue reading

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