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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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Monday the 1st of November. Jane Kelly
Good News & Bad

I had to go to hospital today for my six months check up after having cancer in 2010. The wait in the corridor for the results is never pleasant, as with just a few words a doctor can change your whole world and predict very accurately when it's going to end. No matter how many times you go through this and turn it around in your mind, it doesn't really become less challenging.

Thursday the 4th of November. Jane Kelly. The Grinning Face of UK plc

The notice-boards in hospitals are a fascinating slice of life in UK plc. Giving a fully PC perspective but letting reality slip in by accident.  I caught sight of one today sporting a big poster in blue and yellow with the words: Sept 10 2014. A & E Services are changing at Central Middlesex Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital. The A & E departments at both hospitals will close.’

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.

The Beheading of our Culture
Jane Kelly

It was a short, blunt knife, that was a bit of a surprise in itself. I think I expected a longish butcher’s blade if not a Saudi style scimitar or long sword of the type a compassionate mediaeval king might have used to kill his wife. But this killing was about stabbing, cutting, tearing and hacking off sinew, in the way a poacher might kill game. This was the killing of Lee Rigby again, transferred to a desert scene rather than the streets of London, and again an execution made as savage as possible...

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...
Money has no Smell
Mark Griffiths

When is your money not your money? Well, one answer is when cutting taxes gets called ‘giving to the rich’, as if their money was never really theirs but belonged to the state all along. Yet there’s another way we’re trained to think that our money and possessions have been lent to us by governments on sufferance. This is the mysterious new crime of money-laundering....
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Keen on beheading. Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah.‘The Mad Mahdi’1881.

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.
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