Category Archives: News and politics

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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Gay marriage- where to draw the line

17°C, no clouds. CR:68miles. I’ve heard this challenge to Same Sex marriage a few times. Most recently from a colleague with some maturity & standing, though he does wear his Christianity as a badge (literally). The argument goes like this: … Continue reading

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alcohol isn’t to blame

This says something interesting: BBC. The author draw parallels between alcohol belief systems and mythology in religions. In effect, she’s arguing that alcohol is used as an excuse for bad behaviour here in the UK, in contrast to other countries … Continue reading

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80

27°C, clear & still Two loosely related news stories this week have caught my attention with their retrograde trend. One, proposes to raise the speed limit on motorways to 80mph. This has sparked numerous threads on forums (or is that … Continue reading

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11th Sept. 2001+10

18C, The media haas been full of 9/11 ten years on stories this week. I expected to really hate all of this, but as it happens, there have been some moving personal accounts. Opinions varied hugely on questions like “is … Continue reading

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60 watts

11°C, perhaps upto 21°C, light cloud. CR:28 miles 60 Watt bulbs will cease to be made in the Eurozone from today. The govt. have effectively banned them amid media stories that folks are hoarding incandescent bulbs. I suppose it’s a … Continue reading

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Last day of summer

19C, cloudy, CR:29 miles Our local free newspaper is a lot of fun. It’s full of schools boasting of their record breaking GCSE results. It’s their best year ever, they exclaim. But wait, it’s always the best year ever, the … Continue reading

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Gotcha back

20°C, light grey, warm & close Result: the gutter press have been clobbered for their bad behaviour last Christmas. Observers have felt annoyed about this story over the last half-year, now they are ordered to pay large fines to the … Continue reading

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Comic Cartoon Strip?

16°C, sunshine & moving air “the Daily Mail as a “sexist, racist, bigoted, comic cartoon strip”. -John Bercow So it’s official, Bercow is the Speaker in the House of Commons. I wouldn’t normally bother with this, a paper that I … Continue reading

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Child sexualisation

19°C, clear. Comfortable. Children are growing up too early. The news story of the season this year: The chattering classes are upset about media forces on young children, padded bras for under 11s, hip-thrusting semi-nude dancing on popular music shows, … Continue reading

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