Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pope Francis in #ThingsThatAreNotMosques Mix-up

This week, the Pope visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul… …where he spent a short while in silent prayer alongside his Islamic opposite number, Istanbul’s Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaran All went well, until a minor confusion at the end about … Continue reading

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#ThingsThatAreNotRacist

Today is Black Friday – so named, apparently, because it is a day of unrelenting consumerism, when bargain hunters storm the shops in search of the instant deal. For me, though, it will go down as a dark day in … Continue reading

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Mellor does Dodd

David Mellor was in touch today with a few choice and, for once, printable words on his new role as Cabinet Minister of Mirth. “Let me just say how tickled…how tickled i am to be here on this taxifilarious day. … Continue reading

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Policing the internet: a dishonest and vacuous policy

Earlier this week, putting the finishing touches to my book on regulating the internet, i toyed with a paragraph about how vacuous, uninformed, and basically stupid was average parliamentary response to internet issues. I was worried – i can’t think … Continue reading

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Britain First in Rochester: video

A little film i put together with the help of some footage shot by friends….Britain First do the Rochester by-election

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Cooking with Chilli: the Jamie Oliver way

According to a report in today’s Daily Mail, celeb chef Jamie Oliver told the BBC Good Food Magazine: “It is not very popular beating kids any more, it’s not very fashionable and you are not allowed to do it.” “I … Continue reading

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Assisi to Rome: a polite invitation

A tentative post, because this is something that i feel inspired to do, but at the same time slightly overwhelmed by the enormity of it. Those of you who have no time for anything remotely religious, maybe best to pass … Continue reading

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The ultimate sacrifice: Doctor Who finally defeated by Steven Moffatt

There is, tis said, no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. No doubt that is a sentiment that fans of Doctor Who have, over the years, roundly applauded. But when the sacrifice is one of … Continue reading

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The real halloween horror: of pumpkins and conspicuous waste

Did you buy a pumpkin last week? And if you did, what became of it. And if the answer is: it ended up in the bin, all 3-4 kilos of it, aren’t you just a teensy bit ashamed? The goods … Continue reading

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Woman of La Mancha: the fallen woman and agency in musicals

I have been remiss. A couple of weeks back i joined the audience for the local Hitchin Players’ performance of musical Man of La Mancha. I was impressed – muchly – because this is a difficult musical. It is condemned … Continue reading

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