Hell is other people?

20th October 2014 0

Loneliness is a terrible state, of course, but speaking personally I have suffered far more from human company than from the lack of it. Hell, as Sartre famously remarked, is other people; but such is the capacity of the human soul for contradiction that so too, in many cases, is the absence of other people. A recent article in the … [Read on]

The Post Communist Proles of Bulgaria

20th October 2014 0

After seven years in Sofia I realise that totalitarian regimes must have engendered a unique kind of thinking – or rather non-thinking. I’m not referring to Bulgarians born post-communism. Such people are invariably friendly and intellectually curious, especially once you tell them you’re British. Those over 50, on the other hand, don’t ask many questions. Their typical conversation is impersonal, … [Read on]

Editorial Autumn 2014

15th October 2014 0

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 … [Read on]

***ARTICLE MISSING*** Back to Turkey’s Kurdish Killing Fields. President Erdogan takes a leaf from Stalin’s Book

14th October 2014 0

Turkey is now killing Kurds, surely the most depressing bit of news in a long time. Today 14/10/14 Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border. Meanwhile, in Europe, some good news as it was reported that many Jews are leaving Israel and returning to their lost city of Berlin. By leaving Israel, the … [Read on]

Borrow and Grow Rich

14th October 2014 0

A quarter of my council tax goes to pay the pensions of the former council tax workers, and thank goodness for it. Without such payments those pensioners would have no money to spend; and if they (and many others like them) had no money to spend, demand in the economy would decline catastrophically. It follows, then, that the solution to … [Read on]

Gipsy Summer in Bulgaria

13th October 2014 0

The bad news here in Sofia is that the recent Bulgarian elections have solved nothing. “Indecision, uncertainty and divisions still paralyse the political establishment” – would probably be the formula of words used by quality media. This means in plain English – it’s still a mess but the names of the mess-makers have changed. The centre-right party (GERB) won the … [Read on]

The Social Media, animals at the keyboard.

12th October 2014 0

Last week I met a pleasant lady who, though she had appeared a few times on television, could hardly be counted a public figure. Nevertheless, she had received many abusive messages on Facebook and Twitter as a result of her appearances, and one man had written to her thousands of times and threatened to kill her, telling her that he … [Read on]

***ARTICLE MISSING*** The BBC, a hiding place for witches?

8th October 2014 0

BBC R4 this morning had a news report about some children in the UK being savagely abused after being accused of witchcraft. These infant ‘witches’ are beaten, secluded, forced to drink strange, noxious substances, abandoned, and some sent back to Kinshasah where they live on the streets. The BBC said the perpetrators live in, ‘faith communities.’ They did not mention … [Read on]

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