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

I Still Love You, Auntie

So the BBC… What’s that all about? Obviously they are in a spot of bother at the moment. This is a short post to say shut up and leave them alone. I love auntie. I have always loved auntie. I will always love auntie. For all it’s flaws (Jonathan Ross, Chris Moyles, Snog, Marry, Avoid, … Continue reading

Convenient Social Responsibility

There was an article in last week’s Economist that got me thinking about corporate social responsibility. If you’re curious about the article you can read it here, but the gist of it is HSBC are touting their amazing amounts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in terms of anti-deforestation, while at the same time they are … Continue reading

Who’s Behind The Curtain

So any guesses? Come on? Know any famous Asians these days? Who? Hu? Who?!? No. Not Hu. It’s Xi. Xi Jinping. Xi who will soon be obeyed… (it’s pronounced like ‘she’ if you’re wondering). OK, that was a terrible joke. So after all the excitement and collective exhalation, not to mention the relief, of Barry’s … Continue reading

Picking Sides (Redux)

Take a look here, for our brief explanation of today’s (Tuesday 6th November) posts. There are two sides fighting over the presidency in America today. The same can be said of Congress in a more general voice. Is that not strange, that there are only two sides? Technically they’re are more candidates, but you’ve never … Continue reading

The Challenge and The Will

Take a look here, for our brief explanation of today’s (Tuesday 6th November) posts. For a time in my youth I was neighbours with a Cuban American lady and her family. During my university days as a politics student, when I was home visiting my own family,¬†we would chat about the world’s ills and how … Continue reading

And The Loser Is

The American elections are today, if you weren’t aware (or tomorrow, depending when you read this…). It is being suggested that it is a battle of good versus evil. A pitched battle for the soul of America. The most important election ever. Right. Weirdly they say that about every election. And every election they admit … Continue reading

Textbooks As Manipulation (Part Two)

I am just going to jump right in to what I was talking about yesterday, so if you didn’t read Part One, go take a step back. So what is this American exceptionalism you ask? Well the term itself is probably less than one hundred years old, but the concept is much older, like Alexis … 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

To Be Remembered

There are various reasons to be remembered in death, as there are reasons to be remembered in life. Two deaths made me think of this: Jimmy Savile and George McGovern. Now I am not saying these two have anything in common, but I have a point I will get to down random path. I actually … Continue reading