Monthly Archives: August 2015

The BBC, Diversity and TV Quiz Shows

Greg Dyke, a former BBC Director-General, famously described the BBC as ‘hideously white’*. This associated the BBC’s recruitment policy with ‘institutional racism’**. His analysis is crassly simplistic, identifying ‘diversity’ only with skin colour. Differences associated with colour are readily identifiable … Continue reading

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I know you’re frightened of my old age I know that you’ve read about memory loss And physical deterioration with inelegant diseases. I know I’m in that category. I’m going that way. And you’re telling me to eat righteously, Take … Continue reading

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A celebrity ‘empathising’ with poverty

“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” Mariah Carey … Continue reading

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Revisiting old memories

Just on a whim, the other day I decided to revisit the place in Islington North London, where I and my family lived from the late forties to the mid sixties. A tedious tube journey mostly on the District line … Continue reading

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Pull Along Cases: a macho-Norwegian speaks

“…the case was heavy (but) I carried it by the handles…I detested the tiny wheels, first of all because they are feminine, thus not worthy of a man, a man should carry not roll…” Karl Ove Knausgaard A Death In … Continue reading

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Tory Thugs

Without remorse or compassion The Tory thieves ride high Austerity is their fractious fashion Deaf to starvation’s workless sigh. Workers’ rights, so hard fought won Attacked as greed from working class Swept aside most benefits, now done Banker strut their … Continue reading

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The Press Gang: Manning the Royal Navy

Royal Navy warships in the pre 20th century era were vile for the ordinary sailor. This was well known and as a result the navy suffered major recruitment challenges. The governments of the period had no alternative* but to adopt … Continue reading

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British Police: a wordless poem


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Five Great, Short, Free (or nearly free) Novels

1) Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper 1892, 80p Feminist story FREE 2) George and Weedon Grossmith Diary of a Nobody 1892, 176p Marvelous comic novel. FREE 3)   P G Wodehouse Psmith, Journalist 1914 154p          Brilliant satire on USA, … Continue reading

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