Health and Unsafety

30th December 2016 5

It’s a bit parky out there this morning, so I’d better not stray beyond the front door. Public Health England (PHE) has told the aged to stay indoors. And they define an aged person as someone over 65. Well, I’ve been aged for nine years, going on ten and I’m afraid I’ve not been behaving myself. When, aged 70, I … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple; Keening

28th December 2016 2

I usually give a few coins to beggars in the street. I know that some people think that this encourages beggary and even fraud, but I would rather be duped sometimes than never to trust anyone. And even the beggar who asks for alms when he could perfectly well earn his living some other way is pitiable, as a day … [Read on]

The call-centre worker’s tale

27th December 2016 3

As the dust settles after the momentous earthquakes of Trump and Brexit, one fact remains standing amongst the rubble; our democratic seismographers completely failed to detect the rumblings, and were assuring we metropolitans of our safety, even as the tsunami mounted about us. It was a victory for the privacy of the voting booth against the forces of polling, prediction … [Read on]

Christmas, Scrooge, & The Internet

26th December 2016 3

Charles Dickens’ tale ‘Christmas Carol’ is rightly popular this time each year, but widely misunderstood. Almost everyone misconstrues what his nightmare visits by the three ghosts actually teach him. Children at Christmas frankly express joy at getting things they desire. We grown-ups laugh indulgently, yet dimly know acquisitive materialism is one of the major causes of human unhappiness. Although we … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple; Misappropriating mistruths.

21st December 2016 0

A single word – there will be no prizes for guessing which – caught my eye in the following headline, published by the news service of one of my internet servers: ‘Katie Hopkins makes statement after writing series of mistruths in Mail.’ Mistruths? What is a mistruth? A lie, an untruth, an error? The word is a neologism invented or used … [Read on]

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