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Theodore Dalrymple is a retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. A highly popular journalist, he writes for The Times, The British Medical Journal,The Observer, Daily Telegraph, Spectator, The Salisbury Review and is contributing editor to the City Journal where he is Dietrich Weismann Fellow. His books include, ‘Life at the Bottom’, ‘Our Culture’, What’s Left of It’ ‘Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality’ ‘The Worldview that Makes the Underclass’. 'Dalrymple's work,' writes Daniel Hannnan, 'takes pessimism about human nature to a new level....once you get past the initial shock of reading about battered wives, petty crooks and junkies from a non-Left perspective, you find humanity and pathos.'
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Jane Kelly worked for the Daily Mail for 15 years as a leading celebrity interviewer. Among her subjects were; Hilary Clinton, Jack Nicholson, Russel Crowe, George Clooney, Michael Portillo, Tony Benn, Jeffrey Archer, Edwina Curry, Scarlett Johansson, Arthur Scargill, Vanessa Redgrave and Elizabeth Taylor. She has written two books; a biography of Colin Farrell, and ‘Inside’ an account of working as a teacher in Wormwood Scrubs Prison, London.

These acerbic, direct, and often funny blogs, reflect Jane’s clear eyed view of our silly, sentimental, shopping obsessed, left wing society as it stumbles toward self annihilation.
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Friday September 5th. Theodore Dalrymple on 'Comrade Madam', Nadine Gordimer; Literary Midwife to the death of tens of thousands of today's South Africans

A friend of mine, who knew Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature and who died recently, sent me her reminiscences of her in their early days together in Johannesburg. This has prompted me to record my own reminiscences of her.
Saturday 6th of September. Gabriel Hershman; The Face That Sank a Thousand Pints
Britain increasingly seems to specialize in producing people who are not only drunken and foul-mouthed but also downright ugly. Take this egregious encounter during the Euro 2004 football tournament in the Algarve. I was watching the England V Portugal match when an English "fan's" obnoxious behavior unsettled me. First she repeatedly booed the Portuguese national anthem. She obviously didn't care that she was sitting in a bar on the territory of that very nation. She then gulped down six pints of beer in 90 minutes.

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The earth is no more than a huge piece of cooling rock. Clinging to its surface like gossamer is the biosphere, a living breathing membrane in which billions of creatures, including ourselves, live. Compared with the size of the earth, it is no thicker than a coat of varnish on a door, but infinitely more fragile. Earth’s greatest enemy is a relative newcomer, us.....read
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Monday September 8th. Jane Kelly;
‘Bewildered Victims of Degrading Lust‘

In its efforts to make the welfare system fairer, i.e to squeeze the pips and make the purse strings even tighter, the government is introducing new sanctions for benefits claimants. Under plans just unveiled by employment minister Esther McVey, they'll  have to undergo interviews to assess whether they are 'determined,' or 'bewildered.' Anyone found showing signs of bewilderment will be placed on a rigorous scheme of intensive anti-bewilderment coaching at the job centre.
Sunday 14th September. Gabriel Hershman 'Anti Semites' Corner'

When I read about Islamic extremism my mind goes back to 25 years ago when, as a callow youth, I used to attend Speakers' Corner almost every Sunday. (Yes, I know, I know, but not all of us enjoyed traditional Sunday lunch with all the trimmings!) I was attracted to a forum where people could express their view on an array of subjects. Little did I know that the proceedings would be hijacked by Edgware Road Arabs and Muslims spitting venom against the West, Israel and Jews.
September the 16th. Theodore Dalrymple. 'Will we ever see a stained glass window to Tony Blair?'

A friend of mind drew kindly drew my attention to a very revealing historical artefact of whose existence I had previously been lamentably ignorant. It is the Fabian stained glass window designed by George Bernard Shaw in 1910, and now reinstalled in the Shaw Library in the London School of Economics. The window depicts the Fabians in mediaeval costume remaking the world.
Tuesday the 17th of September. Jane Kelly  'Thank you Scotland for reminding us what a farce English Politics are'.

Some time ago I was critical of 'Old Beardie,' the former Archbishop of Canterbury for saying that we should be grateful to Muslims because their recent violent, anti-democratic actions, he didn't say that, he just said rather vaguely that we should thank them for making us all think.
I can now see what he means.
Thursday 18th of September. Gabriel Hershman describes a Bulgarian housing estate.

A popular English-language memoir of communist-era Bulgaria (not written by me!) was called Street Without a Name*. The book was not a one-off account of a deprived family. This sums up the current living conditions of most Bulgarians who inhabit prefabricated, identikit socialist housing in the suburbs of Sofia and all Bulgarian cities.
Wednesday September 19th. Jane Kelly experiences a normal day in the Acton Caliphate

I began my day by walking to Tescos, it's a small one and much of the meat sold in there is Halal, or very cheap frozen chicken which is unlabelled. But I can buy a limited range of fish there, and all the food outlets near to me are Halal. So it's this shop or a drive or bus ride to something better.


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