Scout Girl

Scout Girl

It has become something of a fetish for the easily pleased media. A moment captured on a mobile device, a frozen fraction of a second that quickly becomes viral and acquires the term “iconic”. The latest in this series is the “scout girl”, a photograph of a Czech girl scout engaging in what looks like an animated discussion with a member of a right-wing protest group in the Moravian city of Brno. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Large Rat

A Large Rat

Following yesterday’s events and the bombing of a Syrian airbase by the United States, I have have to say something. This morning, in between listening to the number codes and scratchy voices on the long wave radio channel, I heard this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cockeyed Numbers

Cockeyed Numbers

I have been switching between the BBC, Sky News and Russia Today to try and get a balanced perspective over what is going on in Syria. The truth is, nobody really knows what is going on. Irrespective of the different political perspectives we all may have, there are a couple of questions I am sure many people would like to ask the western leaders hell bent on executing a “regime change”. These are: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Brexit Redemption

The Brexit Redemption

Most of you would have seen the film The Shawshank Redemption; in fact it is probably on many peoples’ top ten movies of all time. We all know the story. A man is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit; he is forced into working with the corrupt governor; then, when a friend and fellow prisoner is murdered, he steels himself to make an escape. From the outside, he is able to bring down the whole corrupt system – with the crooked governor committing suicide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reaping the Whirlwind

Reaping the Whirlwind

It started with scuffles in Calais, and has mushroomed into the pictures beamed all around the world of what looks like the entire population of the Middle East, Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa making their way to the West via Budapest’s central station. It is like some disaster movie, something that needs Roland Emmerich to turn up and polish up the final product. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sometimes, there is no justice…

Sometimes, there is no justice...

Some thirteen years ago when flicking through Ceefax (remember that, children?) and the television listings I would come across a series based on the Internet industry – so I thought I’d give it a go. Called Attachments, it would focus on the weird lives and somewhat twisted loves of the characters involved in an Internet start-up called SeeThru. It would feature a number of characters that would themselves not be very interesting, but who would gradually acquire a cult status among a small group of random people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sainsbury’s: Shame on you.

Sainsbury's: Shame on you.

OK, it has been a while since I last posted… Real work, other projects on the go, no time, blah blah blah. Also, just too many interesting news stories, which has this curious affect of making one not want to say anything at all. I have for example been tempted to say something about the situation in Syria, and stop short for fear that it will turn into an encyclopaedic rant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Al-Jabba, or a silly tale from Austria

Al-Jabba, or a silly tale from Austria

First of all, a belated Happy New Year to all of you who might be reading this. To explain my not writing anything for months, I blame a combination of winter writing malaise, real life and there being just so many stories to potentially write about – so many in fact that one ends up not writing anything at all.

2013 begins with a silly story coming from Austria – or rather a group that calls itself The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria (Die Türkische Kulturgemeinde in Österreich) – where toy manufacturer Lego has been accused of “inciting racial hatred and insulting human dignity” (yes, that old chestnut) with its release of a Star Wars series model of Jabba the Hutt’s palace. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is this Britain?

Is this Britain?

This country is being turned inside out. From those in the establishment being caught up in the fallout following the scandal surrounding the odious Jimmy Savile and his army of degenerate cohorts through to almost daily tales of the underclass running riot in the inner cities, one cannot get away from the rising stench. Crooked parliamentarians, low-level crime, police officers tasering elderly blind men. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Accidental Journalist

The Accidental Journalist

Balpreet Kaur, a religiously bearded Sikh female student at Ohio State University, was minding her own business at an airport when some passer-by noted her somewhat strange appearance – yes, admit it, we’ve all laughed at the bearded lady jokes – and rather than just having a silent chuckle and getting on with his life decided to post it on the social media site Reddit. Read the rest of this entry »

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