Re:born

Re:born

The leaves are out, the flowers blossoming, spring has not only sprung, its coils are stretched and it’s bloomin’ bouncing like a budding summer’s day. It’s all glorious and we should be enjoying it and though I’m loath to poop a party, I still feel we shouldn’t forget that it’s...

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Is it time for a global body to manage the internet?

Is it time for a global body to manage the internet?

Facebook has become the anti-social network overnight. But, more than anything else, it has finally made us all sit up and ask who owns our data? It is much worse than you think. We have all conspired to make it so by signing up for Apps and ticking those hundreds...

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Democrafatigue

Democrafatigue

  It’s raining. I’m upstairs on the no. 49 to Clapham Junction in a humid breath fug. Two gents are sitting in front of me, “May 3rd. More bloody elections. Might as well move in to the voting booth I’m in there so often.” “Yeah.” “It’s bigger than most flats...

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From the Riverbank

From the Riverbank

Three of my most treasured joys all came together one glorious summer‘s day in June, with the sun splattering through the beech trees and dancing on the bonnet of the little Morris convertible as we drove from the cottage in Sussex down to a riverbank, some 40 miles away. With...

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West End Labour calls for new operators for the Windmill Theatre following licence loss

West End Labour calls for new operators for the Windmill Theatre following licence loss

Patrick Lilley of the West End Labour Action Team says: “It would be tragic if this this hugely historic venue closed for good and was replaced by a bland and faceless chain store or restaurant. It’s a really special place, with a hundred years of history as a theatre, a...

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Only the Lonely

Only the Lonely

They say no one wants to be on their own at Christmas but, seriously, by 6pm Christmas Day who doesn’t? Yes, somewhere someone must be having a perfect Family Christmas but it’s probably not you and, for many, the Family Christmas is just a bitter breeding ground for passive aggression,...

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The Good Fight

The Good Fight

The last time I was roughed up was when I grazed myself on some sandpaper. The jury’s out on whether I’m a lover but I know I’m not a fighter. In my vocabulary, “punch” is a cocktail, “slap” is shoddy cosmetics, “hit” is an iTunes chart topper, and “knock out”...

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When will Labour have its first female leader?

When will Labour have its first female leader?

When will Labour, the party that has always advocated for social justice, have its first female leader? Jeremy Corbyn stated during the keynote speech at the party conference that Labour is ‘ready to govern’. Thatcher and May have proven women can make it to Number 10 through the different periods and climates...

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A parliament left behind

A parliament left behind

The Conference season has come and gone. They are strange beats coming just after Parliament had sat for a fortnight following a seven week holiday. Nothing much happens in the two week period but it was brought in to stop the tabloids going on about MPs all apparently having twelve...

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Aging Scribblers

Aging Scribblers

There are many instances of novelists continuing to practise their art well after the appropriate faculties have failed. They re, I imagine, egged on by greedy agents, lazy publishers and pusillanimous editors, all of whom know that, at certain levels, it is names, not content that sell books, leading to...

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