Green and (Mostly) Pristine

England is a fairly green place and empty place. I know this for two reasons: I used live in green and empty parts of it and, as mentioned previously, I have flown over parts of it and concluded it’s not actually a wasteland teeming with dirty immigrants. OK. I must confess I’ve never spent any … Continue reading

Textbooks As Manipulation (Part One)

The first real instances of educational literature we come across, by and large, come from our school textbooks. This is kind of obvious if you think about it; if you consider that most people are in school around the ages of five or six (lets not haggle over the large sections of the global population … Continue reading

Fuck John Galt

To begin, I will quote Paul Krugman, because if you’re going to start an inevitable argument, you might as well start with a Nobel Prize winner: “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a … Continue reading

Of Might and Right

There is a film I think people should watch called Puncture. It stars Captain America, or Human Torch if you prefer, the bad CIA guy from The Bourne Identity and some other people I recognise but can’t recall from where. It’s based on a true story about single-use safety needles that a guy invented but … Continue reading

A Masterpiece You Say?

So art is a fickle thing. Recently you may have heard that a painting sold for £21,000,000 (if you didn’t, then yes, twenty-one million pounds), a rather large a mount of money. It was a painting by a chap named Gerhard Richter called Abstraktes Bild. There are certain words that spring to mind when I … Continue reading

Buy Now, Smile Later

I was in a shopping centre/mall recently. A big one. An expensive one. A very strangely unhappy one. It had sweet scent of leather and cold hard cash. And this was interesting for me. Now, I would like to stress first off that this is not an anti-capitalist rant, or anything like that. Maybe a … Continue reading

I am the 1% (Who can see beyond the fun of being a hippie)

Whilst whoring it up with StumbleUpon I was taken to a Daily Kos article expressing the author’s distaste over the people who obviously don’t understand the Occupy [enter city here] movement. And irony of ironies, what do I see? Someone missing the point! Now, maybe it’s because it’s a website dedicated to American ‘liberals’ (I … Continue reading

Sticking it to the man

Get Down From That Horse

Ever heard of a place called Xinjiang? It’s kind of a large place. Pretty big, pretty empty too. Ok, what about Tibet? Now, I know you’ve heard of that. Big place, pretty empty. Actually, what about Uyghurs? Have you heard of them? Nope. Hmm. Interesting. So Xinjiang and Tibet have a few things in common … Continue reading

Obviously…

So quit your jibber jabber.