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Representation in Media

A black actress playing Anne Boleyn caused quote a furore recently, and Elon Musk has publicly mocked Netflix for being too woke and...

Don't Look Up, The Forgotten Climate Crisis

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Climate Crisis is no longer happening, given the scant attention it has received in recent...

From Afghanistan to Ukraine, lessons not learned...

It is almost universally recognised that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the decade long war that followed was a disaster;...

Heroes

Some people say you should never meet your heroes (as you'll only be disappointed), and yet others don't think we should have them at...

Stop The War

I have, therefore, chosen this time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely...

Ukraine: There Are No Good Guys

The Ukraine crisis is incredibly concerning. The prospect of war, which some parties seem to be positively salivating at, is even more...

Personality vs Policy

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time...

High Tech, Low Life

People are spending more time behind walls on gadgets than outdoors talking to face to face; robots can walk, talk and carry guns; Elon...

Robin Hood

Few characters, historical or fictional, have endured as long as the legendary figure of Robin Hood. His popularity, in my humble...

Holiday Message

For my final blog post of 2021, I just want to wish all of my friends and readers a happy and peaceful holiday season. Whether you...

Where are all the helpful robots?

One of the big predictions made about the future, in the past, was that we would have robots to do the most mundane, menial and degrading...

The Politics of Poetry

Rise like Lions after slumber In unvanquishable number- Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you Ye are...

Lest we forget...

Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war. - Henry Miller I won't be wearing a poppy this year, or putting one on my...

Mental Illness and Physical Deformity in Film

As a lover of film, and the horror genre in particular, I have come to realise that despite the progress that has been made in some areas...

End The Stigma

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Really, every day should be Mental Health Day. A lot of progress has been made in recent years,...

Wage-Slavery

Have ambition, work hard, make money, and the world will be your oyster. That's the spiel, anyway. The dream. It's so deeply ingrained in...

The Lessons of History

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. - Karl Marx History is not just a fading memory, it surrounds us. It lives in...

Fake News & Distraction Drama

Fake News has become a pretty ubiquitous term these days. Despite what people may think, however, it is not a new concept. The term and...

Looking After Yourself

Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax. - Matt Haig It's...

Illusions of Democracy

A lot is made of the act of voting. Once every four or five years, millions of people head to the polling booths or ballot boxes and cast...

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