Monthly Archives: August 2009

To Hell In A Handbasket

Two pieces in the current issue of Standpoint that feed my feelings of misanthropy. Nick Cohen’s Turning a Blind Eye to Misogyny and Clive James’ A Veil of Silence Over Murder. Here we are at the start of the 21st … Continue reading

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It’s Not Dead – It’s Just Resting…

A news item in the Manx press brought a smile to my face today with the news that the Manx language is not dead – it’s just critically endangered. I’m sorry, but that has just too many overtones of Monty … Continue reading

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A Life In Three Acts

Bette Bourne is a living legend. I remember going to see her and her company in outrageous plays in the 1970s. It was the time of the Gay Liberation Front, and she lived in a drag commune at the time. … Continue reading

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A Thing Of Beauty

A gorgeous little animated film by Gabe Askew set to the song Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear…   http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5904993&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear from Gabe Askew on Vimeo.  

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Poet Or Planner?

I referred yesterday to what I see as the declining standards of journalism. Here’s another example. There’s a piece in The Times by one Stefanie Marsh where she interviews Richard Dawkins about his forthcoming book The Greatest Show on Earth. … Continue reading

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An Apology To Alan Turing

Alan Turing is almost one of the forgotten computer pioneers and a hero of World War II. Hardly surprising really; it was the British Government who stripped him of his security clearance at GCHQ when he was convicted in 1952 … Continue reading

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The Really Unique Gift

Mr. Deity is on top form with this episode…    

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