politics

A story for the #courgettecrisis. “What They Sell In The Shops These Days” by Daniil Kharms

Yesterday I was involved in a discussion about the lack of courgettes in the shops, #courgettecrisis. I was urged to shop locally and eat seasonally; i was encouraged to note the advice from a mitchelin starred celebrity chef. Well. I dont live in a globalised, commodified, consumerist society to shop local and seasonally, I want […]

Sunday Schools and Government Inspections. #politics #religion

There has been some discussion over the English Department of Education policy for Out-of-school education settings: The policy is part of the UK Governments counter extremism policy. You can read the call for responses to the policy which includes the policy proposal and some questions the Government are wondering about here. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/480133/out_of_school_education_settings_call_for_evidence.pdf What is this […]

reflecting on the election – #GE2015

So the responses to the general election 2015 are long and varied. For myself, I like my reflection with a sense of humour so here goes with a brief round-up of responses. American PJ O’Rouke is on the money with “A Point of View” for BBC Radio 4 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32657761 The more explosive reaction, with […]

Stop South Lanarkshire changes to free bus transport to school. #localpolitics

In these heightened times of political attention. That major parties are falling over themselves to tell how they will circle the tricky square of reducing the deficit while promising not to raise taxes, it is a magic act worthy of Penn and Teller. This ability not to raise taxes and keep providing services is a […]

#politics – one of the classic blunders … never get involved in a land war in Asia

You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia” – but only slightly less well-known is this: […]

#IndyRef – Politics as a state of flow

The recent #indyref in Scotland has been breathtaking. The volume of sources, thoughts, perspectives, interviews and comments has been tremendous. This ongoing noise has led anyone trying to keep up struggling. As someone who keeps a distance on such things, it was amazing to see. This amazement has carried on in the day after the […]

#IndyReF songs 11 (for the moning after) – Friends by Adam Buxton

F-R-I-E-N-D-S, do you really need them? Yes! If you haven’t got a friend, then you’re just you. There’s half as many things that you can do. Who’s going to tell you that you’re not a brat, if not your best friend? Do you recall when we did that? Yes! Sharing – the brilliant jokes we’ve […]

#IndyRef Songs – Song 10 – Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol 2, ep 6. by Ivor Cutler

(This is a small blog series using songs to ask questions about the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. Not intended as anything beyond lighthearted.) Song 10 – Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol 2, ep 6. by Ivor Cutler What’s the song about? I have no idea. its a kinda pastiche of all your worst […]

#IndyRef song 9 – Heatwave by The Blue Nile

(This is a small blog series using songs to ask questions about the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. Not intended as anything beyond lighthearted.) Song 9 – Heatwave by the Blue Nile What’s the song about? It about a heatwave. and how that equalises everything. its kinda unclear whether the heatwave is desirable, why is it […]

#IndyRef Songs 8 – Simple Song by The Shins

(This is a small blog series using songs to ask questions about the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. Not intended as anything beyond lighthearted.) Song 8 – Simple Song by The Shins (Picture) What’s the song about? Its a love song, about the confidence which love brings to people. The chorus seems to speak of someone […]