On your Bike ! The war on the car

4th June 2021 2

For the first time in thirty-three years, I am carless; my small VW is sitting outside but I am reluctant to use it. At first, I didn’t react when the next street was suddenly sealed off at one end assuming it was due to the usual, ‘road works.’ Then the road I use once a week to shop for myself … [Read on]

The Sextiest Days of Your Life.

8th April 2021 8

Aged eleven, we were grouped around our low shiny topped table, learning very little when boy N got the idea of asking my friend X to remove her knickers. He became increasingly intent on this. She was usually an absolute goody, never put her Clark’s sandalled foot wrong, and at first agreed to do it, then became reluctant, then distressed. … [Read on]

Clearing racist beastliness from our art galleries

7th March 2021 13

I felt guilty giving up my £73 a year Art Fund membership, not only does it allow entry to exhibitions at half price, but helps the funding of the arts which are now in trouble. The independent charity raises funds to buy art works for the nation and awards grants to artists. Many small galleries are now threatened with closure, … [Read on]

The BBC sees Britain through a forest of strutting jackboots

28th February 2021 17

In my Midlands comprehensive school in the 1970s, the boys in the 6th form were all planning to be Labour voters like their fathers and grandfathers. I’d joined the Labour Party aged 15 and we regarded the NF as uncouth ‘skin-heads,’ the sort you avoided at all costs. In London Professor Lez Henry had more to fear. ‘Us black yoof, … [Read on]

An unsayable epidemiology

29th December 2020 65

The priest’s sermon this Sunday concerned the integrated nature of things, all reaching up to that great controlling intelligence which lies somewhere beyond our ken. I think that was it anyway. I was having happy thoughts about how well Christmas with my friends had gone.   As I walked home in the weak winter sun, I passed an Asian grocer’s … [Read on]

Do you suffer from migratism ? Will there be clinics for it ?

11th December 2020 21

Six years ago, in a lovely part of Tuscany, there was some tension between my married friends, an English solicitor and his Albanian wife. She was obviously miffed about something but every time she started telling me about it he hoved into view. They united as a couple, against me, during a conversation about mushrooms. We’d picked some for tea … [Read on]

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