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Jun. 22, 2017 3:31 pm
A great wee word, a word with heft, laden with real meaning. As the yellow UK press heaps opprobrium on our Muslim neighbours, I will always sing the praises of the faith that is much misunderstood. Even an agnostic like me can see there is more good than bad deriving from faith. Bless us, all of us, faith or not, gutter or penthouse. A change is coming a slowly revolution ...  Read More
Jun. 22, 2017 3:19 pm
For some it was the state of the nation, for me it was prescription drugs; the literal and metaphorical hell of Tramadol withdrawal. It took my whole life over for three months and took six months to recover from. From the distance of time and with the aid of a phenomenal therapist, a partner who forgave the crazed and fevered paranoia and rages and my mother who knew it was not me who was...  Read More
Jun. 22, 2017 3:00 pm
It was the penny-bright, darting eyes behind the ocean blue spectacles that gave him away. I was browsing the same poetry section as him. The man who wrote 'Cars and Girls'. The pop mensch Paddy Mcaloon. I had many a marvellous day mixed with domestic war in Northumberland. Mcaloon made me stay just a little bit longer. I was enthralled with the region; its music, its lilting soft accent and its...  Read More
Jun. 22, 2017 11:30 am
I don't want to awake from this simple bliss; pizza pints and pomp, romantic, straightforward pomp. The fevered nights leading up to now long gone as a mellow glow is installed. My working days are thankfully numbered and freedom awaits. The Pembury, empty of punters; a clean slate as Iain M Banks words tumble into an opening mind. Jennie joins me and I feel as if I'm being liberated...  Read More
Jun. 22, 2017 5:50 am
Computational English, a system for disseminating literary texts with computer algorithms may be a prerequisite for recordings or pedagogical arguments that are cosmic and implicit. Computational English was a conjunction of various arts and sciences and believed to be the basis of Heidegger’s Being and Time, which explored hermeneutics, existentialism, medicine, and pedagogy, among other topics....  Read More
Jun. 22, 2017 1:25 am
Once upon a time, a method - utilizing the principle of non-contradiction to ascertain the meaning of certain concepts, at least in the negative - became fashionable, and a bit of social turmoil followed in the adoption of the method amongst the youths of Athens. The turmoil caused by the Socratic dialectical method eventually resulted in Socrates’ indictment - for impiety, and for corrupting the...  Read More
Jun. 21, 2017 8:45 am
There are sadly many examples, of the men who hunger for fame, glory and a place in historical annuls. It's a distinctly male pursuit.  Read More
Jun. 21, 2017 8:32 am
Those awkward moments when acquaintances become peremptory, pushing their odd agenda, unpredictable and capricious. It's in contrast to the mood of the evening; convivial becomes confrontational. Disappointing as the power shifts back to me, as apologies are proffered but not entirely sincerely. The basics of manners are sadly lacking in oh so many of us humans.  Read More
Jun. 20, 2017 12:36 pm
A stage set country, massive OTT hotels in the desert, abandoned 4 by 4s by the metric tonne and no relief from the heat, climatic or social. I will never return to this landscape; home of arms dealer and effete sheikh. Not for the likes of me. Or any other human.  Read More
Jun. 20, 2017 12:28 pm
I resist cliches, as much as I can, when the L word is on the agenda. I keep the personal personal, especially as strangers often read my lines. I carefully hide my truths in between firing shots at the opposition, so love is the time I spend with my loved one and ones. Nothing to do with anyone else, no one else's business but mine. A selfishly guarded secret, a secret with nothing...  Read More
Jun. 20, 2017 3:39 am
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to ram through the Senate a Republican version of the Trumpcare bill passed by the House. You remember that one: Trump and the giddy House Republicans held a Rose Garden victory celebration for legislation that would slash federal healthcare assistance to low- and moderate-income Americans by $1 trillion and boot 23 million Americans off...  Read More
Jun. 19, 2017 4:41 pm
Last week brought two notable news items about Amazon and the future or retail. Most noted was the deal to buy Whole Foods, which would greatly accelerate Amazon's move to the center of the still rudimentary combination of bricks and clicks. Drawing some limited attention was the issuance of an Amazon patent (filed in May, 2012) on smart ways to turn showrooming to a store's advantage. This...  Read More
Jun. 19, 2017 11:31 am
The conversation was tangential, loud, drifting, very Hoe Street, very Walthamstow, as we're close to ushering in another era, the old guard are still holding court and holding on to the values that built the community. You write, Caxton has given you the means to spread it; the pen can destroy just as effectively as the sword and the effects can last several lifetimes. Mike calls...  Read More
Jun. 19, 2017 11:21 am
Sweating in sharkskin suits, bullets of whisky sweat coating foreheads made for butting, the stags of the finance era, the purveyors of zero empathy. I can only watch as they eat themselves, as the era changes once again, this time with an angry, impoverished public driving the debate. Small change, becoming seismic.  Read More
Jun. 19, 2017 9:35 am
The interview regarding this matter may be seen here: We discuss this interview because - irrespective of what Chris Wallace may claim - Wallace seemed to be trying to make more of a Washington Post report from 5 anonymous sources, than what Sekulow was able to tell him... We think...  Read More
Jun. 19, 2017 2:33 am
In an early morning tweet storm Saturday, President Trump tweeted, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.” On one of the Sunday morning shows today, Trump’s lawyer said the president is not under investigation, despite what Trump tweeted. Earlier, Trump had told NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired FBI Director Jim Comey of...  Read More
Jun. 15, 2017 8:37 pm
It was a heavy spell cast; freinds lost, enemies won. 1994 was the year of magick and loss. And hernetic realisation. I would be alone for a good while yet and in many ways I still am. The populace wasn't ready for me and I it. The quartet played and I stared at Giger's Magus, wondering when I would take my cue  Read More
Jun. 15, 2017 8:20 pm
It's a difficult gamble, safety as words collide, clumsy, as we make sense of each other and then we part London diaspora in miniature. The room is bare, worlds in webbed corners, dead blue bottled chums hide behind Sinclair's volumes. I am rattled by my own being, my decaying self in rude health, how long can I last in this husk? Rhetorical questions only rally, never are answered....  Read More
Jun. 15, 2017 3:37 am
From time to time a lethargy, or distance, in the expression in Annie’s deep blue eyes suggested engagement in an interior world known only to her. But those who had lived with her many years – she had moved into the facility more than sixteen years ago – had long since given up reading overmuch into her preoccupation. The previous Christmas her proclivity for slouching on a solitary chair in...  Read More
Jun. 14, 2017 6:41 pm
There are many more efficient and legal means to terminate the poor, the needy and the old than bullets knives or IEDs. Make social houisng so badly built that a fire in a tower block will kill more than any idiotic desperado with a weapon, loaded or otherwise. Why let the guilty continue to rule? This , pards,is the paradox of democracy, or in this case kleptocracy. A change is...  Read More
Jun. 14, 2017 2:30 pm
Could Robert Mueller's aim be to teach Americans about the social-political Left? Suppose that you have a history of investigating both criminal and intelligence activities, but are presently enjoying the world from your back-porch, when the phone the phone rings and a request is made for you to head an investigation. The matter involved is one which has dominated the News, and - as it...  Read More
Jun. 14, 2017 11:21 am
Alleged to be legion, those servants who halp, who facilitate unpopular decisions. On occasion I've been that idiot, the fall guy. Now, however there has been a chnage. Useful idiots no longer being used, honest brokers to the fore and the future looking a tad more bright. Small mercies always welcome.  Read More
Jun. 14, 2017 2:00 am
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions gave public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. As Andrew Rosenthal writes in the New York Times, it was a master class in dissembling. The Senate committee was investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Sessions had previously been caught in a lie during his confirmation hearing when he claimed in response to a question by Sen. Al...  Read More
Jun. 13, 2017 9:08 pm
Like the shape of the letter lambda, one should write 5 As in 82b50L about English and 5 As in non-82b50L about both English and Philosophy for inclusion of a philosophy work as an English work. For an assignment, this should be done with 250 breasonings rather than 5 As. A seen-as version, English, for Philosophy is required to help earn a higher grade by reaching threshold for this.  Read More
Jun. 13, 2017 7:53 pm
Aye, we drank that day and laughed at the absurdity of our lot. Me vainly trying to enjoy work, you hating it and drinking off the sorrow. The pubs we frequented were grief-stricken, dull aches as we sank our booze, and pretended to feel anything other than sad. We were happy, in retrospect, just playing the part of sorrow, like a role we'd inherited. Now we talk on the phone, maybe...  Read More
Jun. 13, 2017 7:47 pm
As sides align, some fragment, disagree and then vote with their comrades. I look at my ballot paper and place my x dispassionately. It really is just another day; the result, however was one of hope. It wasn't a vain gesture, or an everyday act. Small revolutions are made with less. I am glad optimism is winning, despite no majority or stomach for it. I too feel a change, however...  Read More
Jun. 13, 2017 1:12 pm
When FBI Director Comey was questioned – under oath – by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) 05/08/17 as to whether anyone had tried to halt an investigation being conducted by the FBI, Comey said he had never experienced such a thing (See article here: ). In spite of what...  Read More
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