Sexual choice in feminism’s 21st Century Harem

15th February 2015 1

I awoke today, 15th January 2015, to the sound of a feminist voice complaining via the BBC. It was the most common current complaint; some man had erred in his sexual behavior with a young girl, and the judge in passing sentence had not been harsh enough. Louise Pennington of the campaign group, Everyday Victim Blaming, was furious because Stuart … [Read on]

A Quiet Afternoon Sketching

9th February 2015 0

I went to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford yesterday for a lecture on the Euston Road school of painters. Sadly I was a month early, but they told me there was a free drawing class going on down in the cast room. As I’d just been in an art shop and had ready materials I decided to do that. Unfortunately … [Read on]

An hysterical blindness worthy of Dr Mesmer

19th January 2015 0

Everyone is self deluded to a certain extent, just to keep going in life, but the severely myopic fantasist can be an irritating companion and sometimes dangerous. In government there seem to be a lot of people who cling to extreme fantasy, even in the face of extremist violence. This Sunday, 18th January, we had Home Secretary Teresa May telling … [Read on]

An hysterical blindness worthy of Dr Mesme

19th January 2015 0

Everyone is self deluded to a certain extent, just to keep going in life, but the severely myopic fantasist can be an irritating companion and sometimes dangerous. In government there seem to be a lot of people who cling to extreme fantasy, even in the face of extremist violence. This Sunday, 18th January, we had Home Secretary Teresa May telling … [Read on]

Will Gunners fans flock to Rubens?

10th January 2015 0

In my Midlands primary school I was often in a state of excruciating embarrassment. Children of course mature emotionally and intellectually un-evenly at different times, most girls faster than most boys. I always liked art of all kinds and it irritated me that most children in my class fell about laughing at the sight of a nude Venus or a … [Read on]

The BBC, Islam’s useful idiot

8th January 2015 1

I have recently left London and last night I regretted it. I wanted to be in Trafalgar Square with hundreds of other people, joining thousands in Paris, gathered together in protest against yesterday’s murders, but also in silent support of free-speech. As people stood in the open, lit candles and carried flowers, the mood was contemplative and sad, and some … [Read on]

Is the BBC succumbing to Sinophobia?

4th January 2015 1

There is trouble in China with their Muslim minority the Uighur. The video posted online last month looks much like ones from Middle East jihadist groups. It shows what appears to be a man making a suitcase bomb and grainy footage of an explosion at a crowded railway station here. The soundtrack plays an Arabic chant inciting holy war. The … [Read on]

Haunted by Christmas past

3rd January 2015 0

In the novel The Count of Monte Cristo, the hero Edmond, imprisoned in the Chateau d’If, finds himself sentenced to be flogged every year on the date of his arrival. Naturally this prays on his mind, and time passes both slowly within the confines of those terrible damp walls, but also with sickening rapidity as every day draws him nearer … [Read on]

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