AUSCHWITZ: BLAME DONALD TRUMP AND NIGEL FARAGE ?

28th January 2017 3

Shall we ever comprehend the mystery of evil as exemplified at Auschwitz and in the Germans’ slaughter of six million Jews in Europe? The Holocaust has taxed our brains, baffled our imagination and poisoned our feelings for more than eighty years. Are we any nearer an explanation? Yes, it was all the fault of Donald Trump and the Brexiteers. Well, … [Read on]

The working classes, a toy for rich feminists to play with.

28th January 2017 7

I’ve trawled through dozens of application forms. Applied for every job that will cover the rent. Graphic designer, illustrator, office sub, kitchen staff, support worker, pot washer, carer, cleaner and orthopaedic shoe maker.  My online sales flat-lined after Christmas. I cannot claim benefits for 5 weeks and therefore not much for me to do other than look for jobs then … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple: A Modern Macchu Picchu

21st January 2017 9

In the second section of the Guardian for 16 January, there is an article about a building in Peru that has ‘just earned… the title of best new building in the world.’ As the awarding body was the Royal Institute of British Architects, it was only to be expected that the building was a complete aesthetic mess, an eyesore: for … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple: Bread and Circuses

18th January 2017 0

The circuses division of our bread-and-circuses regime is certainly in rude health. Opinions vary as to the health of the bread division off that regime: one can find everything from predictions of imminent collapse to those of vigorous growth and expansion. For myself, I find myself unable to decide whether economists belong more to the world of bread than they … [Read on]

Smile you are going to live for ever – on a trolley

14th January 2017 6

I am a GP. Yesterday during the height of the A & E rush hour, seven p.m. to midnight, I sent a patient to my local district hospital. She had a complex disorder requiring an MRI scan, extensive blood work, the opinion of a specialist, and a decision on admission. A mistake would have had dire consequences. Within five hours a … [Read on]

Gibbon; The Emperor Elagabalus

13th January 2017 4

A rational voluptuary adheres with invariable respect to the temperate dictates of nature, and improves the gratifications of sense by social intercourse, endearing connections, and the soft colouring of taste and the imagination. But Elagabalus, (I speak of the emperor of that name,) corrupted by his youth, his country, and his fortune, abandoned himself to the grossest pleasures with ungoverned … [Read on]

Overturning the Religion of the 20th Century

12th January 2017 11

Fred Hoyle, Plumian Professor of Astrophysics and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge in 1958, and an atheist, made many enemies as a result of his opposition to Darwinism which was the religion of the day. He and his fellow workers William Alfred Fowler and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar discovered that we are literally made of stardust, that in a process called  (nucleosynthesis)  carbon and the other elements … [Read on]

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