Monthly Archives: April 2015

9/11, George W Bush and Dirty Harry

“Go ahead, make my day.” Harry Callan (Clint Eastwood) in Sudden Impact (1985)  Harry Callan, (‘Dirty Harry),’ made a coercive threat to a ‘punk’. The threat is effective because he understands the punks fear self-preservation and risk-aversion. George W Bush … Continue reading

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Cinema

The cinema looks like a warehouse, and feels ostentatious, relying on reflected limelight, buried limelight, awkward, buried in history; it is history. It warehouses focus group dreams, meaningless and safe. Safe when terrorised, safe when sexualised, safe dreams, anodyne dreams, … Continue reading

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An uncompromising Social Worker

“Death to all those who would whimper and cry.” Bob Dylan Tombstone Blues 1965

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My very good friend, Lew Hawks

I first met Lew in the mid-60s when we were both employed as plumbers by Hackney Council. Lew was a big dour man, seldom bent to smile, even less so after his wife died suddenly after a very brief illness. … Continue reading

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How Long is a Piece of String?

A question that started In Dar Es Salaam Has puzzled us all Since the whole World began. The question is asked And left dangling there… No answer is offered, It just isn’t fair. If an answers not wanted. Well that’s … Continue reading

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The Absolute Importance of Luck

It must have been late 1941 or early 1942. Jews were required to wear the Star of David and to obey a 6 p.m. curfew. I had gone to play with a Christian friend and had stayed too late. I … Continue reading

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Adolf Eichmann, Train Drivers and Crimes Against Humanity: Auschwitz 1944

Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other inhuman acts committed against civilian populations, before or during the war; or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds in execution of or in connection with any crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, … Continue reading

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