A Day out in Merrie England 2022.

2nd October 2022 1

Getting out and about does you a power of good – and these days there is that exciting extra frisson of uncertainty; about everything. I was going to see Richard III at the RSC in Stratford, a place which   could easily have become an international cultural hub, but didn’t, as it lacks good transport connections. It’s not even possible to … [Read on]

“Examining 9/11 as an embodied event and reading the Twin Towers through affect theory in an ecocritical frame.”

29th August 2022 5

I recently had the misfortune to hear ‘AntiSocial’, a discussion program on BBC Radio 4 about the use of ‘Trigger’ warnings, an import from the US, warning people about content which they might find upsetting. These are now used before most archive programs on TV, even Dad’s Army, and in universities to protect students from possible shocks provided by the … [Read on]

Black Power Games

30th July 2022 18

The Commonwealth Games opened in Birmingham on July 28th led by Sir Lenny Henry who doesn’t come from Birmingham, he’s from Dudley, but for the London elite perhaps all the towns in what they tend to call ‘The North’ are the same. Strange that they couldn’t find anyone famous enough and of the right ethnicity – non-white, actually from Birmingham … [Read on]

BBC wimmin on their menstrual (wokestrual) cycles

17th July 2022 11

In an age when educated people are rejecting scientific fact in favour of identitarian faith, dietary whims, and anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, there has been a sudden, quite passionate embrace of biology at least to do with women. BBC Radio 4 is offering us, 28ish Days Later, ‘An intimate, bold, taboo busting series,’ in twenty-nine fifteen-minute episodes, all about the menstrual … [Read on]

Fat shaming – The new adipose crime

25th June 2022 11

Wokesters on twitter have found another glaring social injustice; ‘Fat shaming’. The word ‘fat’ is no longer allowed among the virtuous; in the enlightened US they have long used ‘Big’ instead, so that if someone tells you they come from a ‘big family’ you don’t necessarily need to look enthusiastic. The issue has swelled to large proportions by skinny actress … [Read on]

Cleaning White Art out of the The Royal Academy Summer show

9th June 2022 15

The English summer is always full of delights, Pimm’s, open gardens to visit if the rain holds off, and a trip to the RA Summer Show an art feast since 1769, showing over 5,000 works including printing, sculpture, film, photography and architecture. This year 14,000 works were submitted, 1,500 shortlisted. I was fortunate to have two paintings nominated.  I read … [Read on]

The BBC dumps its elderly listeners

29th May 2022 4

Most of us probably have inklings about how we might spend our extreme old age, with a worst and best scenario. My good one was seeing myself in a nice room in a kindly care-home, listening to my radio, enjoying the ancient drama, readings and comedy on BBC Radio 4 Extra, created before the Corporation went Woke. Pretty much what … [Read on]

A sensible Ukrainian refugee would take one look at us and flee

18th March 2022 15

Poland has generously allowed in over a million Ukrainian refugees, who can stay for 18 months. The British government are allowing the latest refugees in for three years, with all state benefits. They are asking cash strapped councils to provide, ‘Wrap around support.’ Charities, faith groups, named sponsors and communities will assist with access to benefits, registering with GPs and … [Read on]

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