There's been a bit of controversy this week because Amazon have been selling this hoody; Understandably the crass, unfunny top which mocks two eating disorders has come under fire for its insensitivity and many are calling on the online giant to remove it from their site. I can understand why many feel this way but … Continue reading Why the anorexia hoody shouldn’t be banned
Right, to lay out my position on the Royals. I'm pretty much neutral. I won't be bending the knee anytime soon, but I'm not calling for us to wheel out the guillotine. I think they seem nice enough people, if odd, and do some good work for the country, through charity and tourism, but I … Continue reading In defence of Prince Charles
Like a lot of Brits, a lot of the major news stories of my life were delivered through my TV by John Simpson, the BBC's foreign correspondent who always seemed to be in the most dangerous places. While he was often shown hunkering down as bullets and bombs flew, or engaged in a tense interview … Continue reading Book Review: Twenty Tales from the War Zone by John Simpson
The hate filled rag that is the Daily Mail today used it's front page to attack Jeremy Corbyn. This is standard fare for the paper, which is so Tory it may as well be publisher with blue ink. The reason for the attack was that Corbyn refused to answer if he would use Trident, the … Continue reading 15 Minutes Blog #GE2017: The Trouble with Trident
The general election is fast approaching, and I thought I'd write about it on my blog. However, to stop it just turning into a massive rant I'm keeping it simple and to a 15 minute timer. So here we go. Ever since Theresa May announced the snap election a few weeks back the British press … Continue reading 15 Minutes #GE2017: Who to vote for?
Apparently the punishment for being caught speeding is going to be stricter in the UK from next month (source). The announcement has been covered in a weird way by the press in a way that highlights an odd view of speeding we have here. There are frequent articles in the tabloids where they whinge about … Continue reading Hey, speedy! You are a real criminal!
This weekend saw the passing of Dr Henry Heimlich, famous for his life saving technique. I'm not going to lie reading his brief obit from the Beeb there were two things that hit me (a) surprise, as I thought he was already dead and (b) shock, as I'd assumed the manoeuvre had been around a lot longer. … Continue reading A belated thank you to Dr Heimlech
I could write for hours about today's events, but let's keep this brief, shall we? Britain has voted to leave the EU. Yesterday, reassuring MWF I had said that I felt the British people would do the right thing and not gamble the future on nostalgic nationalism, fear and intolerance. I gave my countrymen too … Continue reading 15 Minute Blog: Out and Down
Yesterday was election day here in the UK, with the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and English councils being decided. There were also mayoral elections in London and other cities. As a lecturing do-gooder I urged my "friends" on social media to get down to the polls and vote, but at least I didn't write a … Continue reading Votey McVotefarce (see what I did there?)
It sounds like a dream. It sounds like something my ten year old self would have lost his mind over. A strike from school, all of us deciding to not go in, and our parents actually backing us up. It never would have happened. But it has. It's all in protest against the SATs which … Continue reading Kids on Strike