My parents proposed that I come with them to see this film and I replied with scorn, having seen a happy-clappy trailer presenting a film resembling a Mama-Mia sequel.
Recently, one of Britain’s loudest foulmouths announced his intention to contest the Bradford West by-election, having been outside a legislature since he lost his seat in 2010. It is not yet know whether he will stand as an independent or under his contrived party ‘RESPECT’.
There has been a concentrated number of references to human rights recently, with the benighted suburb of Homs at one end and some people claiming they were being infringed by a cross in the window of a crematorium at the other.
A few days ago I talked with a school friend with whom I hadn’t spoken in a while. She is a first-year studying English Literature, History and Philosophy in university. We talked over the usual news and plans which people explore when they haven’t chatted in a while; then we… Continue Reading Free Will
‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’ — The first amendment to… Continue Reading Baroness Warsi’s Speech to the Pope — Secularism, Contradiction and Misapprehension
The protesters form a semi-circle against the Nuffield Building, in Birmingham University campus. An impassioned protester yells into a microphone, damning the cuts to staff pensions and to other facilities which Professor David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor, has instituted. ~In every single aspect you take a hard line.~ The students now… Continue Reading Birmingham University — A Protest
On Thursday I went to a public debate in Birmingham University, on whether or not Britain should renew the Trident nuclear weapons system. I already knew the motion, and had established that — given the opportunity which exists in debates of this type for audience members to make a three… Continue Reading General Secretary of the CND: Short Interview
A short time ago, Alex Salmond called a Ric Bailey, the political advisor to the BBC, a Gauleiter. The name calling was in response to the fact it was because of this poor BBC chap that Salmond’s place as a pundit during a certain Rugby match had been withdrawn, supposedly because… Continue Reading Gauleiter — Alex Salmond’s Bland Failure
When I was in school I was functionally clever, but I was not as smart as some of my classmates for whom passing exams was a passtime. This meant that, in order to avoid replicating the slow-motion train-wreck which was my AS levels, I had to take some pretty extreme… Continue Reading A Mediocre Student’s Guide to Not Failing Exams
The film ends with the first Prelude from Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Klavier‘. The piece is superlative, it is also an example of Bach’s mastery of discord.