Category Archives: People & society

How enforced ‘respect’ misses the point

As Armistice Day draws to a close for another year, I wanted to share a couple of thoughts on what the day means to me and on the increasingly sensitive subject of how the fallen should be respected. Most people … Continue reading

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When is a joke not a joke?

I’m back on the Daily Mail today. I know I’ve been on at them a fair bit over the last couple of days, and I acknowledge that taking on the Daily Mail and its commenters is sometimes the intellectual equivalent … Continue reading

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Beware the Book Snob!

I love books. They’re often overlooked when the ‘Greatest Inventions in History’ lists are compiled, and have to sit there quietly at the back clapping as the likes of The Wheel and The Internet and even (in one list at … Continue reading

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To be Blunt, it’s just not relevant

An earth-shattering Top Story on Mail Online today: News about the economy? You can scroll down a bit for that. Latest on the ordeal of the trapped Chilean miners? All the way down for that one too (no pun intended). … Continue reading

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Step right up to the Daily Mail’s Incredible Chinese Circus!

As someone with a particular interest in Chinese language and culture, I always keep an eye out for stories about China in the British press for two reasons. Firstly, I simply like to keep up with what’s going on over … Continue reading

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Living with an abusive football club

Imagine you have a partner who causes you nothing but drama. They take, take take – your money, your time and your energy. They build your hopes up only to knock them down again, and then invite you back for … Continue reading

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I know he’s dead, but what car did he drive??

People are a funny sort. We are fascinated by other people, and when people are involved in unusual circumstances we are especially keen to learn more about who they are and what they stand for. When someone is murdered there … Continue reading

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