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  • From the Curvature of Certainty / The Wail
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    From the Curvature of Certainty / The Wail

    7 months ago

    ....all the lost time, all the lost life, all the desertion, all the failure, all the isolation, all the indifference, all the deception, all the duped-ness, all the suffering body pain

  • The Motorcycle Diaries / Part 3
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    The Motorcycle Diaries / Part 3

    9 months ago

    What else could I ever need? What else need I ever be doing? We cruised down those roads and lanes in a state of grace and perfection.

  • The Motorcycle Diaries / Part 2
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    The Motorcycle Diaries / Part 2

    9 months ago

    Somewhere in northern Wisconsin my endurance gave up. I stopped outside a combined roadside diner and 2 story clapboard motel and tried to pry myself off the bike.

  • The Motorcycle Diaries / Part 1
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    The Motorcycle Diaries / Part 1

    9 months ago

    I can’t remember precisely when my obsession with motorcycles began. Possibly via my neighbours on the shores of the St Lawrence River.

  • Penny Padoodle 01
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    Penny Padoodle 01

    18 months ago

    The adventures of Penny Padoodle are based, loosely, on the adventures of a girl who wished to escape the national grid and plant trees. She was very concerned about the destruction of the planet.

  • the Noble Interviews /
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    the Noble Interviews / "Sir" Philip Green

    2 years ago

    A series of interviews with be-knighted servants of the UK ruling class who reflect, through their lives and actions, on ennoblement in particular and on the imperial UK honours system in general.

  • Notice To Blairites 3 / Think Tanks
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    Notice To Blairites 3 / Think Tanks

    2 years ago

    "Our greatest achievement was Tony Blair." Thus spake reviled ex Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2002.*

  • Notice To Blairites 2 / Revolving Doors
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    Notice To Blairites 2 / Revolving Doors

    2 years ago

    "Our greatest achievement was Tony Blair." Thus spake reviled ex Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2002.*

  • Notice To Blairites 1 / Greatest Achievement
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    Notice To Blairites 1 / Greatest Achievement

    2 years ago

    "Our greatest achievement was Tony Blair." Thus spake reviled ex Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to a gathering of her oily 1950s throw back acolytes at the now infamous gathering at the Botleigh Grange Hotel in 2002. We are reminded of this by...

  • Is Questioning Conspiracy / Part 4
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    Is Questioning Conspiracy / Part 4

    2 years ago

    Follow the Money

  • Is Questioning Conspiracy / Part 3
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    Is Questioning Conspiracy / Part 3

    2 years ago

    Having raised Questions, I've asked whether raising questions qualifies as “conspiracy theory”. A question is, after all, neither: “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful”, nor “a supposition or a system of...

  • Is Questioning Conspiracy / Part 2
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    Is Questioning Conspiracy / Part 2

    2 years ago

    In Part 1 (here), I suggested the “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth” online video as one of the most reasoned, studiously neutral, and compelling arguments for re-examining the supposed facts of 9/11. In Part 2 I wanted to point to...

  • Is Questioning Conspiracy
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    Is Questioning Conspiracy

    2 months ago

    30 seconds is not always enough time to grasp complex subjects....

  • Left/Right vs Populist/Elitist
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    Left/Right vs Populist/Elitist

    2 years ago

    One of the ways in which the “establishment” and the drain stream media continue to confuse and bamboozle the voting public is through their use of the terms “left” and “right”. Even those of us who should know better fall into this...

  • Scottish Widows ?
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    Scottish Widows ?

    2 years ago

    Are they simply charlatans and mountebanks....?

  • We The Grunts
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    We The Grunts

    5 months ago

    What is a grunt? Well, it's a bit of a technical term, but in essence, a grunt is someone who: earns less interest then s/he pays, and pays more tax than s/he avoids. In terms of hierarchy, grunts appear below “snouts” (as...

  • Lost to Scientology
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    Lost to Scientology

    2 years ago

    The science of preying on the vulnerable....

  • From the Curvature of Certainty / After Henry
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    From the Curvature of Certainty / After Henry

    7 months ago

    That I happened to be a son to this father came to have little meaning for me. I feel we could have just as easily ended up playing these roles with completely different partners.

  • Demise of the Co-operative Group / Supplemental 1
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    Demise of the Co-operative Group / Supplemental 1

    5 months ago

    So, Barry Tootell (former Co-op Bank chief executive) and Keith Alderson (former Co-op Bank head of corporate and business banking) have been thrown to the wolves. According to the Bank of England’s regulatory arm, the Prudential Regulation...

  • Bottoms Down
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    Bottoms Down

    2 years ago

    Sincere apologies to all those offended by the image to the right which appeared in my article "Demise-of-The-Co-operative-Group-Part-7-Where-do-we-go-from-here?". I had no idea this image would upset readers more than the content of the article...

  • The Parallel Economy - there IS an alternative
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    The Parallel Economy - there IS an alternative

    2 years ago

    There exists in the world today a complete economy, nestled within the mainstream economy, but separate and different in many ways. It has its own companies, corporations, factories, distribution networks, retail outlets, offices, banks,...

  • A Second Coming
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    A Second Coming

    2 years ago

    A couple of years ago, after much agonising, I decided to “come out”. At the time I said: “I know many of you have had your doubts about me; that you sense something else in my life influences the way I act, think, and write. I know that...

  • from The Curvature of Certainty / Return Curve
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    from The Curvature of Certainty / Return Curve

    2 years ago

    I first met you at that music festival in the Forest of Dean. I had that spoofy church stand up routine mixed with a sort of skanked up blues musical act. I never got very many groupies, but, always the optimist, I spotted you in the audience, drawn...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / All In One
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / All In One

    2 years ago

    By popular demand from people with Attention Spans longer than mine, here, in one go, are all eight parts of "Demise of The Co-operative Group". Good luck.

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 8 - Finale
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 8 - Finale

    2 years ago

    Should the loss of The Group trigger a mass exodus? Should we all, on a chosen day, abandon it to the stuffed shirts, hedge funders, and banksters and proceed to generate the resources to sue them for the mis-use of the term “co-operative”? ...

  • Bottom Liners
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    Bottom Liners

    2 years ago

    Well, it is really two closely related things. The first is a variation of “corporate man” (see "The New Mutants") - a person who holds a slavish adherence to “the bottom line” (profitability) as the only means for measuring success. The...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 7 - Where do we go from here?
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 7 - Where do we go from here?

    2 years ago

    Assuming we have not already lost The Group, what should we be doing? Do we wish simply to outperform Tesco? In fact we have, to a large extent, become the victims of our own success. Our unique selling point (USP) used to be fairness. But things...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 6 - The Implications
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 6 - The Implications

    3 years ago

    Will the loss of the flagship of the UK co-operative movement impact anybody but a few Involved, Interacting, and Influencing Members? Well, none of this really matters if neither co-operation nor the co-operative economy matter. So, do they...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 5 - The Trust
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 5 - The Trust

    3 years ago

    Throughout all of the foregoing, there is a constant, mollifying sub-text being trotted out and re-emphasised at every opportunity by our newly non-elected leaders and betters. “Trust us….” “We know what we're doing (better than you ever...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 4 - The Recourse
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 4 - The Recourse

    3 years ago

    Apparently not. Legal recourse? I happen not to be a millionaire. Nor do I have access to the bottomless pockets of a corporate legal department. So I, personally, don't have a hope in hell of purchasing justice through the market-driven UK...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 3 - The Urgency
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 3 - The Urgency

    3 years ago

    Not only were the Members being told that their democracy was at fault and had to be rectified. We were also being told this had to be done within a very tight time frame – effectively, less than a year. For most of us, the earliest indication...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 2 - The Accountability
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 2 - The Accountability

    3 years ago

    Where does the blame lie? Who was responsible for driving these programmes forward? Who was overseeing the “Due Diligence”? There can be no doubt as to the complexity of the situation. But, likewise, there can be no doubt as to the apparently...

  • Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 1 - La Débâcle
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    Demise of The Co-operative Group / Part 1 - La Débâcle

    3 years ago

    I am part owner of a very large co-operative corporation which in January 2013 was valued at £81,999 million. One year later, in January 2014, it was valued at £8,623 million. What in the name of heaven could have gone so spectacularly wrong? ...

  • Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 4 (Finale)
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    Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 4 (Finale)

    2 years ago

    At this point you should really stop reading this guide. I've done what I set out to do - passed on to you the full extent of my guitar expertise and musical knowledge. My job is done. You are on your own. Don't worry. You'll be fine. Just keep...

  • Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 3
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    Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 3

    2 years ago

    Now here's the breakthrough you've been waiting for. If you're playing with some one else in the key of C, you can get away with playing any of the yellow notes in the chord necks, in whatever random order you choose to play them, and sound more or...

  • Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 2
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    Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 2

    2 years ago

    Confusingly, western music also has “keys” of the same name, A through G. Even more confusingly, it even has “chords” of the same name too (A through G). So, theoretically, you could find yourself referring to the note of C in the chord of C...

  • Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 1
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    Deacon Martin's Guide to Understanding Music (for Guitar) / Part 1

    2 years ago

    Music is a mysterious place. It is close to being mathematically perfect, but not quite. Although the original western scales devised by the Greeks were simply multiples of certain lengths of vibrating string, many factors have conspired to make...

  • Messages From The Pre-Life
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    Messages From The Pre-Life

    2 years ago

    It took me a while to get over the staring phase. I sensed that she could pick up on my staring and that this could be unsettling for her at some level. So I tried carefully to manage the staring process such that what staring I couldn't refrain...

  • Space Bass Mix 1.01
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    Space Bass Mix 1.01

    2 years ago

    Electro swing is a mix of modern techno beats and swing band sounds from the 30's and 40's. In the same way that techno takes favoured clips of contemporary musical sounds and loops them, so electro swing does with those big band sounds. The...

  • Levels Of Conversation
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    Levels Of Conversation

    2 years ago

    A number of contemplaters and commentators (including the infamous George Gurdjieff) have taken the liberty of defining levels of conversation. Generally speaking, these fall into three main categories, to whit: a) Talking about people b)...

  • from A Squandered Life / Watford '78
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    from A Squandered Life / Watford '78

    2 years ago

    When Sharon left I began to re-think the whole Watford Social Education Project programme. She had always fought the notion that we were a dumping ground for kids the schools couldn't handle, but this seemed counter-productive for WSEP as we...

  • from A Squandered Life / Grunwick '77
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    from A Squandered Life / Grunwick '77

    2 years ago

    Our commitment to anti-racism peaked with the advent of the strike by 137 Asian women at the Grunwick photo development plant in Cricklewood, north west London. The women, led by the indefatigable Mrs Desai, came out on strike as a last resort in...

  • An Introduction to Deacon Martin             and the
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    An Introduction to Deacon Martin and the "Sermonology" tours

    2 years ago

    East Coast Road Productions is looking for bookings for Deacon Martin's UK and US "Sermonology" tours. Visit www.ecrp.co.uk or Email ecrpuk@gmail.com or vrd.martin@gmail.com

  • the Noble Interviews /
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    the Noble Interviews / "Lord" Rothermere

    2 years ago

    A series of interviews with be-knighted servants of the UK ruling class who reflect, through their lives and actions, on ennoblement in particular and on the imperial UK honours system in general.

  • Emotions and Emotionalism
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    Emotions and Emotionalism

    2 years ago

    In his work throughout the 1960's and 70's, anthropologist and psychiatrist Paul Ekman proposed that there were six facial expressions readily recognised fairly consistently across all human cultures. (Emotion in the Human Face, ed. Paul Ekman,...

  • from A Squandered Life / Juan '78
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    from A Squandered Life / Juan '78

    2 years ago

    As I was now left in charge of the flat, I had to find someone to share costs. One of the candidates was a big looming Argentinian guy called Juan who sort of hung around on the periphery of Stan's music shop gang. Juan was known to be morose and a...

  • from A Squandered Life / Good Cop Bad Cop '75
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    from A Squandered Life / Good Cop Bad Cop '75

    2 years ago

    The only cop I ever liked was one called Dave. He introduced himself as that instead of as PC this that or the other. And he would always take his peaked cap off when he wanted a chat. He had replaced the other little shit on the local beat who...

  • from A Squandered Life / Great Leighs Mushrooms '75
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    from A Squandered Life / Great Leighs Mushrooms '75

    2 years ago

    My involvement with “magic mushrooms” goes back a long way. I first discovered them whilst living in a truck in the fields of Essex. The charming indigenousness of these tiny plants.... They actually grow straight out of english ground. Some say...

  • from Farewell To Bluefields / Fat Man Drowning
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    from Farewell To Bluefields / Fat Man Drowning

    2 years ago

    At Holywell there’s a big pub by the river. His friend Florence lived near there with her daughter. He used to canoe down to visit and help out in the garden. Occasionally they had little get-togethers down there. A bunch of the gang from upriver...

  • from A Squandered Life / Expo '67
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    from A Squandered Life / Expo '67

    2 years ago

    So, home again, and no job, again. It was a hot summer and bubbling with the excitement of the Expo '67 World's Fair. I was enjoying the city centre location of our new home on Lincoln Avenue. It felt so cosmopolitan being able to step out the...

  • from A Squandered Life / London '68
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    from A Squandered Life / London '68

    2 years ago

    I utilised this freedom to the full as, my trusty "A to Z" in hand, I got to grips with London and the Underground and the differing parts of the great sprawling mass. Apart from Carnaby Street, I didn't go looking for the usual tourist sights. For...

  • the Noble Interviews /
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    the Noble Interviews / "Sir" Andrew Witty

    2 years ago

    A series of interviews with be-knighted servants of the UK ruling class who reflect, through their lives and actions, on ennoblement in particular and on the imperial UK honours system in general.

  • the Noble Interviews /
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    the Noble Interviews / "Lords" Browne and Howell

    2 years ago

    A series of interviews with be-knighted servants of the UK ruling class who reflect, through their lives and actions, on ennoblement and on the imperial UK honours system in general.

  • the Noble Interviews /
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    the Noble Interviews / "Sir" Norman Bettison

    2 years ago

    A series of interviews with be-knighted servants of the UK ruling class who reflect, through their lives and actions, on ennoblement and on the imperial UK honours system in general.

  • The Tappers - Examples
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    The Tappers - Examples

    2 years ago

    A response to requests for examples arising out of the original "The Tappers" article....

  • The Tappers
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    The Tappers

    2 years ago

    Tappage is a process engaged in by the Tappers. The Tappers are a group of performance artists / strategists / tacticians / subversives who hold the view that building enormous Engines of Confrontation to deal with the enormous Engines of...

  • from The Curvature of Certainty / Rennes le Chateau
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    from The Curvature of Certainty / Rennes le Chateau

    2 years ago

    From years ago, when I still lived by the river in my wide-windowed, centrally heated flat, I have a vivid memory. I awoke, sweating, from an intense dream. I had a clear vision of distinctive low lying hills and stone buildings over which I was...

  • from A Squandered Life / Road to Calgary '67
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    from A Squandered Life / Road to Calgary '67

    2 years ago

    The work in Winnipeg finished and there wasn't any more. It was getting much colder and the little Volkswagen didn't have a heater. I dreamt of a big american car with a heater and seats wide enough to sleep on. I eventually found a dealer who took...

  • from A Squandered Life / Ohio '67
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    from A Squandered Life / Ohio '67

    2 years ago

    I crossed the border into the US at Detroit. I encountered a particularly nasty border guard who asked me if I was prepared to serve in Viet Nam. I said I was only visiting and didn't think that should amount to a commitment to fight a war....

  • from A Squandered Life / Bucky
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    from A Squandered Life / Bucky

    2 years ago

    One of Henry's main claims to fame was his strength as a “networker”. His appetite for blagging stood him in very good stead for this. He was a very entertaining guy and never at a loss for words. In his capacity as “design consultant” for...

  • from A Squandered Life / Competitive Swimming '66
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    from A Squandered Life / Competitive Swimming '66

    2 years ago

    The other upshot was that Drinkwater had spotted me swimming (before I was engaged in perpetual pool battle) and approached Donny to sound me out about trying out for the swim team. I initially poo-pooed the idea, but sometime after the christmas...

  • Corporate Football - an introduction to economics
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    Corporate Football - an introduction to economics

    2 years ago

    English football has provided an extraordinary opportunity for working class people to glimpse how global speculation can blight whole areas of the economy and aspects of their very day to day living. After all, vast chunks of housing, utilities,...

  • Aspects of Life on the Turkey Farm
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    Aspects of Life on the Turkey Farm

    2 years ago

    She was like a wee flower, carefully unfolding almost for the second time. I was so careful. I was oh so careful. I was so careful not to tamper, not to bruise, not to put her in a place in my mind where she mightn't want to be, not to interfere...

  • from A Squandered Life / Shooting Mice '66
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    from A Squandered Life / Shooting Mice '66

    2 years ago

    One night, on one of my infrequent visits back from university, I was up late and sitting in moonlight in the kitchen after everybody else had gone to bed. All the lights were off because I was simply having a quiet cup of tea and absorbing the...

  • from A Squandered Life / Doyle Revolution '65
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    from A Squandered Life / Doyle Revolution '65

    2 years ago

    In the real world outside the residences, the university was going through it's lugubrious “freshers' week”, another stupid set of conventions adopted, I guess, from stupid American universities whereby first year students or “frosh” were...

  • Creeping Socialism
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    Creeping Socialism

    2 years ago

    Ever stopped at a traffic light? You're a socialist. Traffic lights serve a common purpose without reference to a users' status or wealth. Ever pulled over for an ambulance? You're a socialist. You've acknowledged that whenever another human...

  • the Noble Interviews /
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    the Noble Interviews / "Sir" James Crosby

    2 years ago

    A series of interviews with be-knighted servants of the UK ruling class who reflect, through their lives and actions, on ennoblement and on the imperial UK honours system in general.

  • from A Squandered Life / Bay Talk '65
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    from A Squandered Life / Bay Talk '65

    2 years ago

    In the course of the next few days and weeks I learned that everybody who came from St John's, Newfoundland's provincial capital and home to all it's rich and ambitious, were “townies”, and that everybody else was from “the bay” - the...

  • Anticipating
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    Anticipating "terror"

    2 years ago

    In the age of information it seems we have it all at our finger tips. In fact, of course, we have a virtually impossible-to-manage overload of information at our finger tips. And, ironically, the application of the old adage, “a little information...

  • from A Squandered Life / Telephone Poles '68
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    from A Squandered Life / Telephone Poles '68

    2 years ago

    Somehow or other, I guess through the Labour Exchange, I got a job measuring distances between telephone poles. There were six of us working in teams of two. We were issued with orange implements which looked like snow shovel handles attached to a...

  • From a Squandered Life / Robere '60
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    From a Squandered Life / Robere '60

    7 months ago

    The principal of this school was a dark squat tubby man called Mr. Robere. He wore heavy black rimmed glasses which added to an air of menace whenever he appeared. The full extent of the man's evil was thrown into horrific relief when, one day, at...

  • from A Squandered Life / White Rock Horse '68
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    from A Squandered Life / White Rock Horse '68

    6 months ago

    Stuart's family had two horses and, one day off, he asked me if I could ride. Feeling semi-pro after my experiences in Alberta and at Younberg's I said “Sure.” He then said that one of the horses was slightly mad but that he would ride that one....

  • from A Squandered Life / San Feliu '69
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    from A Squandered Life / San Feliu '69

    2 years ago

    San Feliu de Guixols was a charming little coastal resort with an exquisitely curved beach laid out before a semi-circle of rocky hills sparsely clad in stoney pastures, rock walls, and Mediterranean pine. The man I was looking for was called Juan...

  • from A Squandered Life / Barcelona '69
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    from A Squandered Life / Barcelona '69

    2 years ago

    Somewhere near Toulouse I encountered a young South African guy. We got to chatting and, as his planning was easily as vague as mine and he was heading for Barcelona, I offered him a lift. He was a blonde surfer type guy who I initially thought was...

  • from A Squandered Life / Norton Commando '70
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    from A Squandered Life / Norton Commando '70

    2 years ago

    That summer seemed a particularly long one. It may have been the one in which I spent the most time down on the Vermont farm. It also meant I got to know some of the neighbourly assets a lot better - prime among whom was Dan. Dan was the son of...

  • from A Squandered Life / The Battle of Scoot '66
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    from A Squandered Life / The Battle of Scoot '66

    2 years ago

    My friend and accomplice from the previous year, Scoot, and her equally wayward room mate Mary had rented a small flat in town and me, Dave, and Donny used to visit them there. One dark winter evening we went down there with our Doyle House...

  • from A Squandered Life / The Strap  '58
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    from A Squandered Life / The Strap '58

    2 years ago

    I seemed to have a succession of teachers conspiring to protract my misery and to bring about my downfall. I simply couldn't get into the rhythm of work, play, work, play. There always seemed to be an overwhelming imbalance in favour of work time,...

  • from The Curvature of Certainty / Letter to Hazel
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    from The Curvature of Certainty / Letter to Hazel

    2 years ago

    I think I’m slowly getting over the staring phase. I sense that you can pick up on my staring and that this can be unsettling for you at some level. And I’m careful to try to manage the staring process such that what staring I cannot...

  • from A Squandered Life / Carol  '69
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    from A Squandered Life / Carol '69

    2 years ago

    As winter came on I carried on riding the 650, freezing as I rode through snow and ice, driving slowly and carefully, refraining from ever touching the front brake. Not quite the same experience as blasting down warm roads on sunny summer days, but...

  • from A Squandered Life / Eberhard  '52
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    from A Squandered Life / Eberhard '52

    2 years ago

    One day Mari-Ann announced that we were going around to visit some people called Mortons in the village. For some inexplicable reason she wanted us to scrub up and put on some clean clothes, but she happened to mention that there was a boy there who...

  • from A Squandered Life / Re-finding Roger '80
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    from A Squandered Life / Re-finding Roger '80

    6 months ago

    It was at about this time that I re-crossed paths with my old friend/adversary Roger from the Doyle House era. Like me, Roger had been away travelling and sampling the essences of counter-culture elsewhere on the continent. His hair was longer and...

  • from A Squandered Life / Disneyland  '68
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    from A Squandered Life / Disneyland '68

    2 years ago

    Some time and some rides later, I found myself just outside Los Angeles when I got a lift from a chubby bearded guy in a Porsche. He was very friendly and super chatty. He asked if I was hungry and took me to a diner not far from Malibu Beach. We...

  • from A Squandered Life / Little Ron  '70
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    from A Squandered Life / Little Ron '70

    2 years ago

    Strangely, Roger's next side-kick was another Ron. Unlike the other Ron (of Doyle House) who was relatively fit and good looking, this Ron was a plump little American whom I first met in a sociology seminar at the university. He was a sour little...

  • from A Squandered Life / Paris  '69
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    from A Squandered Life / Paris '69

    2 years ago

    The day came when, with my worldly goods, a sleeping bag, and a waterproof poncho strapped on to the chrome rack of the BSA, and wearing a pea jacket and a leather jerkin, I said my goodbyes to Maria and one or two others who happened to be around...

  • The Real Economic Underpinning of the 60's
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    The Real Economic Underpinning of the 60's

    2 years ago

    "Free love" undermined and almost destroyed the Prime Economic Driver. The PED is the commercialisation of the Prime Directive. The Prime Directive is - "procreate". Human economies have been driven since Babylonian times by the channelling of...

  • from A Squandered Life / Portugal Cove Road  '70
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    from A Squandered Life / Portugal Cove Road '70

    18 months ago

    In the course of wandering around I bumped into my old second year Doyle roomie, Cal, his booming voice and character intact and unchanged. He was in the company of Anne, his loyal companion through blunder and buss, who years later became his wife....

  • from A Squandered Life / Music  '68
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    from A Squandered Life / Music '68

    2 years ago

    In between times I began to spend a lot of time in the multiplicity of second-hand record shops on the Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate and Camden Market and Brick Lane, trying to piece together some musical history to fill in the gaps created...

  • from A Squandered Life / Graham  '71
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    from A Squandered Life / Graham '71

    2 years ago

    Graham also owned a very sporty muscle car - a pristine white convertible Pontiac GTO automatic - which was his absolute pride and joy. Thing was, he couldn't drive. I don't mean he simply didn't have a license. I mean he couldn't drive and refused...

  • from A Squandered Life / Scuba  '71
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    from A Squandered Life / Scuba '71

    2 years ago

    At this time the university was also sponsoring scuba diving lessons and Don and I decided to give it a shot. The instructor was a slim unsmiling bearded guy by the name of Caldwell. He was attached to the relatively large and well funded Marine...

  • from A Squandered Life / St John's Harbour '70
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    from A Squandered Life / St John's Harbour '70

    21 months ago

    Jonathan, true to his word, set about looking for a flat, eventually found one, and came to find me at Don and Nellie's to see if I wanted to have a look. It was on a contour hugging road near the top of the extended slab of hill overlooking the...

  • from A Squandered Life / Acid '70
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    from A Squandered Life / Acid '70

    2 years ago

    At about this time my urge to experiment with LSD was becoming an obsession. Lenore had already done some and advised, if not entirely against, at least caution. So, one quiet Sunday, we resolved to drop together and began our journey in my bedroom...

  • from A Squandered Life / My Dog Ben
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    from A Squandered Life / My Dog Ben

    2 years ago

    I did a lot of tramping through the woods with Ben. There was a beaver pond on the north east edge and we would go up there as silently as possible and then just lie down at a vantage point to see if they would come out. I never saw those beavers...

  • from A Squandered Life / Bicycles
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    from A Squandered Life / Bicycles

    2 years ago

    At some point I learned that I had a “god father”. A man called Philip Rosenthal had been a close friend of Henry and Mari-Ann's back in Switzerland. He was a tall loud confident swaggering man with a hearty laugh who would occasionally appear...

  • from A Squandered Life / Berlin '69
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    from A Squandered Life / Berlin '69

    2 years ago

    The road to Berlin in those days was a “protected” corridor through East Germany. Plenty of traffic coming and going but at no point were there any identifiable points of access or egress. Just one long run from the East / West border to the...

  • from A Squandered Life / Prologue
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    from A Squandered Life / Prologue

    2 years ago

    We were supposed to be the generation of hope, the boomers, the babies who sprang from the wombs of mothers enjoying their first freedoms from the terrors and constraints of war. This feeling was perforce more pronounced in Europe where those...

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    from A Squandered Life / Chomay '65

    2 years ago

    High school Physical Education (PE in the UK, but referred to by us simply as “gym”) was a whole order above anything we'd experienced in elementary school. Everything seemed so “professional”. There wasn't just a single PE teacher; there...

  • from A Squandered Life / Motorcycles   '69
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    from A Squandered Life / Motorcycles '69

    2 years ago

    The centre piece of my less than brilliantly conceived plan for the year in Europe was to buy the British motorcycle of my dreams and to prove to myself once and for all that I could be a proper biker without falling off at every opportunity. The...

  • from A Squandered Life / Birchfield  '69
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    from A Squandered Life / Birchfield '69

    2 years ago

    I returned from christmas in Lincolnshire to start work at my auntie Martha's nursing and Christian faith healing establishment near Tunbridge Wells. I was issued with some “whites” and set about familiarising myself with the institutional...

  • from A Squandered Life / Bush Pilot  '65
    0

    from A Squandered Life / Bush Pilot '65

    2 years ago

    Opposite the end of our drive on the Lakeshore were our neighbours, the Schornhursts. He was a small but strikingly handsome man with a very friendly disposition; she was taller and slightly distracted and a bit unpredictable. She must have been a...

  • from A Squandered Life / Snow Sculptures  '66
    0

    from A Squandered Life / Snow Sculptures '66

    2 years ago

    As christmas approached I had two major worries. One was that I had no desire whatsoever to go home but couldn't think how I could get out of it. The other was that I'd promised Les that, if there was enough snow, I would help him to win the winter...

  • from A Squandered Life / Hitching  '66
    2

    from A Squandered Life / Hitching '66

    2 years ago

    That first summer after university I took it upon myself to hitch-hike home rather than simply jump on a plane. Two reasons. First, I hadn't hitched before and fantasised about the promise of independence and adventure. Second, I had no summer job...

  • from A Squandered Life / The Tobacco Fields  '66
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    from A Squandered Life / The Tobacco Fields '66

    2 years ago

    True to his word, my truck driver dropped me just the other side of Toronto, and I carried on south and west. I'd been told to head for a town called Tilsonburg at the heart of tobacco country. It wasn't long before I found myself trudging up its...

  • from A Squandered Life / Motorcycles  '66
    0

    from A Squandered Life / Motorcycles '66

    2 years ago

    Around this time my obsession with motorcycles was escalating. I had a few hundred bucks set aside for this. I recall being mesmerised by dreams of unfettered personal mobility - plus the attraction of looking cool. My family were fairly...

  • from A Squandered Life / Flight Out  '68
    0

    from A Squandered Life / Flight Out '68

    2 years ago

    While I was working in Jerome's crusty dusty cellar, he happened to visit with Irene and a woman friend of hers. I could see them peering through the swirling clouds of aerial debris, clearly aghast at the mess I appeared to be making. As I stood...

  • from A Squandered Life / Alberta Mental Hospital  '67
    0

    from A Squandered Life / Alberta Mental Hospital '67

    2 years ago

    Sometime after I'd given my notice, I was out and about with one of the kids and turned around to find myself confronted by Jimmy, the allegedly prescient boy from Cedar Ward. How he'd suddenly got there I still don't know, but this time he wasn't...

  • from A Squandered Life / the Grannies  '57
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    from A Squandered Life / the Grannies '57

    2 years ago

    We had two grannies – one in Great Leighs, Essex and one in Loughton, north London. Loughton Granny was the one who lived in White Cottage with Gaffer. We discovered they were quite well to do. The “cottage” was actually a massive house and...

  • from A Squandered Life / White Rock  '68
    0

    from A Squandered Life / White Rock '68

    2 years ago

    ....the unexpected immediacy of this beautiful woman's relaxed attention fired me into a zone of maturing acceptance of my place and my worth, even for someone as patently stupid as me, in the unravelling cosmos.

  • from A Squandered Life / Epilogue
    0

    from A Squandered Life / Epilogue

    2 years ago

    So, as we destroy the only island we have in a dark non-communicative firmament, I still find myself saying, to fellow humans and to anything else that might be listening, “Well, not bad considering....” .....considering we've only been...

  • The New Mutants
    4

    The New Mutants

    2 years ago

    "They have neither soul to save, nor heart to feel, nor body to kick." Thus spake Samuel Adams (1722 – 1803) of the then newly emerging corporations. Adams was an American politician and philosopher who, as a founding father of the United...

  • from A Squandered Life / Watts  '68
    0

    from A Squandered Life / Watts '68

    2 years ago

    I had no idea really where Laguna Beach was in relation to anything else and soon found myself trudging through the outskirts of Los Angeles. I wasn't having much luck with rides, but I found a phone booth and made a return call home to tell them...

  • from A Squandered Life / Orange County Jail '68
    2

    from A Squandered Life / Orange County Jail '68

    2 years ago

    I found myself dropped off at Laguna Beach. There were a few travelling people like me loitering around where the coast road overlooked the beach itself. I got talking to a young beardy guy called Freddy. He turned out to be slightly in the know...

  • from A Squandered Life / First Spliff  '68
    0

    from A Squandered Life / First Spliff '68

    2 years ago

    Somewhere on that coast road, near the state line between Oregon and California, I got a lift from another older hippy guy, in what was clearly a working van, who told me he was a carpenter. He talked quietly about the joys of working with wood and...

  • The Fall of English Football as a Lesson in Economics
    0

    The Fall of English Football as a Lesson in Economics

    2 years ago

    Years ago I was an avid follower of ice hockey. I couldn't watch English football in those days because it was too godforsakenly slow. There were too many people standing around doing nothing for too much of the time. But then I had to do a bit...

  • Thought For the Month 2 - February 2012
    0

    Thought For the Month 2 - February 2012

    3 years ago

    The energy game is hotting up... Having seen how bankers and investment racketeers are prepared to gamble entire economies on short term gains, we are now seeing energy corporations gambling on the very lives of the poor, the infirm, and the...

  • Thought for the Month - February 2012
    0

    Thought for the Month - February 2012

    6 years ago

    Oh dear. They took his knighthood away. Poor Fred Shred. No longer Sir Fred Shred. I believe this is the very first instance of responsible use of the "honours" list. Who but the servile English could still be lingering longingly on with such...

  • Thought for the Month - January 2012
    0

    Thought for the Month - January 2012

    6 years ago

    As we accelerate our way towards species oblivion in the eternal pursuit of "growth", it might just be worth remembering that this year is the UN International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). Last year it was, apparently, the UN International Year...

  • River Nations
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    River Nations

    9 months ago

    Humans have fought over territories since before consciousness. The chimpanzee in us won't easily let go of the territorial imperative, especially in the male of our species. There are many factors which continue to contribute to this primitive...

  • The Pocket History of England - Provisional Conclusions
    2

    The Pocket History of England - Provisional Conclusions

    2 years ago

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  • The Pocket History of England - Part 5
    0

    The Pocket History of England - Part 5

    2 years ago

    The Pocket History of England Part 5 After the second enormous debacle, the second swindle, the second great conflagrating confidence trick, many people became wary. Many people, Peasants, Representatives, and even Professionals, began to be...

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    0

    The Pocket History of England - Part 4

    2 years ago

    The Pocket History of England Part 4 For Barons, enough was never enough. Even though they had everything going for them; even though all the advantages were on their side, the Barons were still very rattled by the efforts of some of the...

  • The Pocket History of England - Part 3
    0

    The Pocket History of England - Part 3

    2 years ago

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  • The Pocket History of England - Part 2
    0

    The Pocket History of England - Part 2

    2 years ago

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  • The Pocket History of England - Part 1
    0

    The Pocket History of England - Part 1

    2 years ago

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  • The Pocket History of England - Introduction
    0

    The Pocket History of England - Introduction

    2 years ago

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  • Guidance for Government - Economics
    2

    Guidance for Government - Economics

    2 years ago

    "Localising the Economy" fabric of community In some circles, "fabric of community" is a readily accepted concept. The theory is that individuals within communities establish complex strands of communication with each other. These may be...

  • Guidance for Government - Health
    0

    Guidance for Government - Health

    2 years ago

    "barefoot doctors" In the early days of bright rational thinking in the new nation state of Tanzania, some of the strategists noticed that their programmes for improving the peoples’ health were flawed. They were paying good money to subsidise...

  • Guidance for Government - Education
    0

    Guidance for Government - Education

    15 months ago

    A Democracy is only as good as its Education System Every year thousands upon thousands of secondary school leavers are released into the society for which they have, supposedly, been being prepared. It is more and more widely recognised that: ...

  • Guidance for Government - Intro
    3

    Guidance for Government - Intro

    2 years ago

    For many years I strove to be a good citizen in this participant democracy of ours. I felt I had an obligation to the brave men and woman who throughout history have made enormous sacrifices in order to improve my chances of living in a truly...

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