Why not kill yourself while you are still healthy?

27th December 2015 0

In theory, at any rate, I am opposed to euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the like – except for myself, that is. Recently I was laid low by an illness among whose symptoms were slight nausea, fever and severe headache. It wasn’t even the worst illness I had ever had in my life, let alone the worst illness imaginable, but it … [Read on]

The Companions of Silence

22nd December 2015 0

I have reached the age when friends start to suffer serious illnesses and today I had to take one of them (whom I have known for more than 40 years) to hospital for his radiotherapy. Oddly enough, this was not the depressing experience one might have expected it to be. In the first place, all the staff were kindly, even … [Read on]

Middle Class Beastliness

20th December 2015 0

Man, as far as I know, is the only creature who can envisage his own extinction: not only envisage it, but enjoy doing so. Deadly new viruses, collisions with asteroids, overwhelming floods: all are the stuff of Hollywood films. But of all of mankind that enjoys contemplating its own extinction, the portion that enjoys it the most must surely be … [Read on]

Where Is the Feminist Rage?

16th December 2015 0

As someone who grew up in the 70s I do wonder where the dungaree clad feminists are these days; the ones I used to know, furious for independence and parity with men, who went out at night to ‘claim back the streets,’ for women who wanted to walk the pavements in safely. Beginning in 1977 there were ‘Reclaim The Night’ … [Read on]

Editorial Winter 2015 ©

15th December 2015 0

This November a crowd watching a ‘friendly’ football match in Istanbul between Greece and Turkey booed and chanted ‘Allah Akbar’ during a minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. Allowing for the yobbishness of football fans worldwide and a long history of antagonism between Greek and Turk it still shows how little sympathy the west can expect from … [Read on]

‘The Donald’ Trumpet shall sound

10th December 2015 2

There is no law saying anyone has to take Donald Trump seriously and until recently not many did, even his wives. For most he represented the ugliness of American capitalism, admirable in its energy but unpleasant to look on in all its raw vulgarity. His current attempt to grab the US presidency was a vainglorious joke. There are always ludicrous … [Read on]

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