Archive for category Social Discourse

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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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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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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Olympic Diary

Olympic Diary

Has it really been almost two months since my last post on here? How time flies. I have my excuses: most of June was dedicated to my German football site Schwarz und Weiß and the recent European Championships, and more recent weeks have been centred on the start of the Olympic Games here in London. It is here where I will pick things up again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Toiletiquette

Toiletiquette

Finding an available toilet cubicle at work can be a bit of a mission at the best of times, but having just returned to my desk I had to write something – if just to prevent my wanting to give the next available person a dunking.

Not all of the cubicles were actually occupied, so you curious readers must be wondering what the hell I am going on about – well, here we go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saluting Shenanigans

Saluting Shenanigans

So, the much-publicised trial of Norwegian mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik has finally started – and with it the line-by-line commentary from a number of online resources. I will no doubt make some sort of comment on the trial at some point, but will try and keep my distance as I do feel there is little to be said beyond stating the obvious fact that the man’s Jarlsberg has clearly slipped off its cracker. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: Olympic Quiz

Sophistry Corner: Olympic Quiz

This is not a quiz on athletics, swimming or boxing. I am not going to ask you who won the men’s 100 metres gold medal at the 2000 games, nor am I going to test your knowledge on the various dressage disciplines or about the width of the gynmastics balance beam. In fact, that is not about sport at all – perhaps not surprising given that from what I have seen so far, much of the Olympics these days is not about sport at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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