Category Archives: News and politics

Angry in the letters page.

A letter to my local paper: “Whilst I can sympathise with letter writer Michael Swann’s plea for cars (#1a) to consider cyclists when they are coming out of side roads, can I ask him and other cyclists to also take … Continue reading

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100 years

Fine, 12°C, blustery sun. 100 years is a significant anniversary, one century ago, WWI came to a sudden end. We marked the day with a trip to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall to see the lad perform in a choir. Music: the … Continue reading

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Oh Doris.

8°C, gales, gusts to 60mph, heavy rain. Fourth named storm, Doris. The news is full of storm news. Widespread destruction is expected and the news channels are very excited. They love it really

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Prisoners’ votes.

BBC.– prisoners won’t get the vote after all. The story brought up all sorts of arguments about justice, European interference, sovereignty and stuff. My problem was that I couldn’t easily make the bridges between arguments presented. On one hand, the … Continue reading

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Rioting = fun?

Is rioting good fun? I’ve never tried it myself but I hear that they’re rioting in Northern Ireland, something to do with how often they fly flags. A decision made by democratically elected local government, it’s said. Their own leaders … Continue reading

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Crime minister.

6°C, no wind. No I didn’t vote yesterday either. I stayed away from the polling booth along with 88.4% of the electorate. One polling station ( in Devon I believe) didn’t receive a single vote. In that time, questions floated … Continue reading

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Is it all over?

6°C, clear and starry (including Venus) Is this trial over yet? Woke up to hear that US voding is complete. There were only two cannidates, they got the same number of votes but somehow Wilhard lost by a wide margin. … Continue reading

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Cash in hand

26°C, Sun, little wind. It’s morally wrong: BBC. Spot the stupid assumptions- Cash paid to a builder is not declared for tax purposes. house-holders have a responsibility for the way tradesmen handle their tax affairs. It’s okay though, politicians can … Continue reading

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Explain

27°C, windy Gove: “He said: “To suggest that anti-Semitism can ever be explained, rather than be condemned, is insensitive and, frankly, bizarre. AQA needs to explain how and why this question was included in an exam paper.” Aah, freedom of expression. … Continue reading

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To be doing?

-2C~? Clear I know language is an organic thing that evolves over the decades. But there is a trend that doesn’t rest easily with me, the prevalence of the passive present continuous voice. It’s everywhere and sounds so weak and … Continue reading

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