Current Affairs

Nationalist Media and the Refugee ‘Crisis’!

Posted on August 20, 2015

I don't know whether people were taught properly at school or not but there are so many events such as the Calais refugee situation (I refuse to call it a crisis) at the moment that are causing so much nationalist fervour, I can only imagine it is a situation worsened by irresponsible and incendiary stories in right-wing newspapers such as The Mail and The Express. One of the 20th Century events that, as far as I can recall, was brushed under ...

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Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion!

Posted on July 30, 2015

If American dentist and big game hunter, Walter Palmer, didn't know what it is like to be hunted, he does now. Through Facebook, Twitter and all other forms of social media, this guy is getting chased from all corners of the globe, in which, it has to be said, is a dubious way of him getting five minutes, or indeed, five days of fame. Of course, if you Google 'Cecil the Lion' or 'Walter Palmer' you will get all sorts of psychologists explai...

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What’s Really Behind a Royal Child’s Nazi Salute?

Posted on July 21, 2015

When I popped in to Sainsbury's yesterday, I decided that I would stop in the cafeteria and have a cup of tea and a bit of lunch (£5:00 for cod chips and mushy peas is a bargain).  As I went to sit down, I stopped at the paper rack to discover that the marketing department at Sainsbury's have decided that the two papers their customers read are The Sun and The Mail, of which there were two or three copies of each. So, with a choice equiva...

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Americans and Their Supermarket Bullets Again!

Posted on June 20, 2015

Amongst the things I find most fascinating about social media are the "Spotted" Facebook pages where people make others in their community aware of events going on and things or people that are potentially suspicious. I read something the other day on a "Spotted" site that went something like this. "I saw a man in a blue shirt coming out of some bushes by the park earlier; it may be nothing but please be aware." This is fair comment as ...

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Sedentary Brits Doing Less and Less Sport!

Posted on June 17, 2015

I was at my cricket club meeting the other day and the subject of an alarming decrease in youth participation came up on the agenda. When you are a member of a sports club, you get drawn in to the illusion that because you participate, everyone else does, so you can imagine my surprise to discover that cricket is 17th on the list of participating sports in the UK. Don't ask me what sports, apart from the obvious ones like football, come ahead ...

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