Category Archives: Health and wellness

"He has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity."

Boris Johnson’s defence of his political adviser Dominic Cummings is, in a word, unfuckingbelievable. As John Crace so rightly observes, it is now clear who is running the UK – and it isn’t Boris Johnson. One law for the little … Continue reading

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Living in Interesting Times

The emergence of the Coronavirus Covid-19 has given us all something else to worry about besides climate change, Brexit and Trump.  For months now I’ve been leading a workgroup planning two events in our village to celebrate the 75 years … Continue reading

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Here was a Plague

That’s the title of an excellent article by Tom Crewe in the London Review of Books about the history of the Aids crisis. It seems so long ago now, and I count myself amongst the lucky survivors, but we lost … Continue reading

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The Photo

In November 1990 LIFE magazine published a photograph of a young man named David Kirby. I remember the photo very well. It still moves me to tears, and evokes memories of friends who went far too soon. Here’s the story … Continue reading

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Eyewash, Flapdoodle and Bullshit

The UK Parliament is about to debate a bill put forward to change the law on assisted dying. In yesterday’s Observer, the current Archbishop of Canterbury had an opinion piece on why he believes assisting people to die would have … Continue reading

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Nasty, Brutish, and Wrong

The Guardian published an opinion piece by Kevin McKenna last Saturday: Scotland’s assisted suicide bill is an offence to our human dignity. Frankly, if anything was an offence to human dignity, it was this piece of invective. But then again, McKenna … Continue reading

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Romanticising Pain And Suffering

Giles Fraser has an article in the Guardian, in which he claims “I want to be a burden on my family as I die, and for them to be a burden on me”. Well, bully for him. And a bully … Continue reading

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