• Trump: What Now?

    by  • November 13, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Sometimes you don’t need words. The expression on the face of President-elect Donald Trump – an entertainer who was only ever interested in being watched and adored – says volumes.  This is a man who has just had his first presidential briefing.  He’s heard about the bio-terrorism weapons about to be unleashed, the dirty...

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    Trump And Putin And The UK Right: The World Turned On Its Head

    by  • November 5, 2016 • 0 Comments

    “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever.  We begin bombing in five minutes.” US President Ronald Reagan’s radio sound check joke in 1984 perfectly caught the mood of America-Russia relations throughout most of the twentieth century.  For Conservatives particularly, the Soviet Union was...

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    The New Counterculture Tarot

    by  • October 28, 2016 • 0 Comments

    There’s a rising spirit of rebellion in the air – and the whiff of repression – that seems very much like the sixties.  The parallels were driven home when I visited the excellent  ‘You Say You Want a Revolution?’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  It examines how a range of cultural activities...

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    Why I Stopped Watching The Walking Dead

    by  • October 25, 2016 • 1 Comment

    (Some minor spoilers here for the season seven premiere of The Walking Dead – no names, but some context.) Halloween is just around the corner and like the coming of the Jack o’Lanterns a new season of The Walking Dead has launched. AMC’s zombie apocalypse show has been a ratings juggernaut and a huge...

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    Cancer Treatment On The Brink Of A Breakthrough

    by  • October 24, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Some pretty astonishing research has been carried out at my old alma mater, the University of Leeds, but none more so than the latest ground-breaking work in treatment for brain cancer. Susan Short, the Professor of Clinical Oncology and Neuro-oncology, says, “I tend to shy away from the world ‘cure’ but this is the...

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    The ‘Elite’ Should Speak Out

    by  • October 22, 2016 • 0 Comments

    The debate rolls on.  Is the problem with Donald Trump that he’s a pretty terrible person, or is the problem not about Donald Trump at all – that there’s actually something rotten at the heart of America that he’s bringing out of the shadows? Most of the attacks throughout this long election campaign have...

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    The World Is Better Than You Think

    by  • October 19, 2016 • 4 Comments

    Deep breath.  Look around. Famine is being eliminated. In 2014, 850 million suffered from malnutrition, the lowest figure on record.  Meanwhile, 2.1 billion were overweight.  In 1918, Spanish Flu killed up to 100 million in a year, compared to the 40 million who died in WWI.  But in 2014, the Ebola outbreak – “the...

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    The Donald Trump Problem

    by  • October 17, 2016 • 6 Comments

    A Wall Street Journal poll published yesterday (Sunday) revealed that more than half of American voters don’t care if their president is a sexual abuser. That finding sent a shiver through the people of Western Europe.  You could feel the sense of bewilderment rolling out across social media, in texts and emails.  How could...

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    Third World War: Two Steps Closer

    by  • October 15, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Later today (Saturday) talks will take place in Switzerland between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The aim: to broker another ceasefire in Syria. Kerry has already said he doesn’t expect any positive results. Why?  US-Russia relations have not been so poor since the Cold War, and they’re...

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    Ideas And How To Get Them – A Hack

    by  • October 14, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Good ideas are a writer’s currency.  But they can be hard to come by in a torrent of deadlines and life stresses.  Here I’ll tell you a simple hack that will get them when you need them. I say ‘writer’s currency’ but good ideas are key to anybody who makes a living out of...

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    You Won’t Get That Here

    by  • October 12, 2016 • 0 Comments

    So-called expert advice to bloggers says stick to one subject so readers always know what they’re getting. Yeah. ^^ ^^ Here, expect #writing #science #weird #politics #tech #mythology #psychology #books #music #economics #thefuture #thepast #philosophy #films #folklore #TV #internationalrelations and a whole host of other things. I’m less interested in writing this as a...

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