From The Archive: Community Service

From The Archive is a special Friday feature. It features posts from my earlier (now-deleted) blog: Stuff & Nonsense and a few items from previous versions of A Tangled Rope that I feel deserve reprinting here, mainly as a way of archiving them. The dates are only approximate, I’m afraid, and there is a possibilityContinue reading “From The Archive: Community Service”

From The Archive: Staring Up At The Stars

From The Archive is a special Friday feature. It features posts from my earlier (now-deleted) blog: Stuff & Nonsense and a few items from previous versions of A Tangled Rope that I feel deserve reprinting here, mainly as a way of archiving them. The dates are only approximate, I’m afraid, and there is a possibilityContinue reading “From The Archive: Staring Up At The Stars”

Review: All in the Mind: A Farewell to God by Ludovic Kennedy

The notion explored in this often fascinating book by the famous broadcaster, Ludovic Kennedy, is that rather than the religious notion that man was created by god, rather it is god that was created by man. I must say – at the outset – that this is a view that I share and consequently IContinue reading “Review: All in the Mind: A Farewell to God by Ludovic Kennedy”

From The Archive: Kylie and Ayaan

From The Archive is a special Friday feature. It features posts from my earlier (now-deleted) blog: Stuff & Nonsense and a few items from previous versions of A Tangled Rope that I feel deserve reprinting here, mainly as a way of archiving them. The dates are only approximate, I’m afraid, and there is a possibilityContinue reading “From The Archive: Kylie and Ayaan”

From The Archive: Conceptual Art

From The Archive is a special Friday feature. It features posts from my earlier (now-deleted) blog: Stuff & Nonsense and a few items from previous versions of A Tangled Rope that I feel deserve reprinting here, mainly as a way of archiving them. The dates are only approximate, I’m afraid, and there is a possibilityContinue reading “From The Archive: Conceptual Art”

Reaching For A Revolver

An article at The Grauniad on the BBC’s dire Culture Show*, which treats ‘culture’ as a form of playtime. A sort of Playdays for the metropolitan ‘culture consumer’, for whom knowing what is currently hip is more important than knowing what is worthwhile. For example, the programme spends an inordinate amount of time on rockContinue reading “Reaching For A Revolver”

The Future Belongs to the Proles

In 1984, Orwell has Winston Smith believe that the future belongs to the proles. Smith it seems has a vestigial romantic socialist notion of the proles as a sleeping beast that will awake one day and overthrow the party to create a new society. Perhaps when the middle and upper classes – the inner andContinue reading “The Future Belongs to the Proles”

There Is No Alternative

It is time to bring to an – ignominious – end the cod-Romanticism of the ‘1960s’. All this ‘alternative society’ nonsense, once the province of befuddled hippies has dragged on far too long and seeped into the mainstream where it has almost become respectable. Indeed, to a certain sub-category of Guardian left(ish) leaning middle-class mindset,Continue reading “There Is No Alternative”

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