‘An Essex Epiphany’

By Friday, October 10, 2014 0 Permalink

With the by-elections in the UK being dominated by UKIP publicity I had decided to avoid the results for as long as I could. Not being a compulsive phone fidget or living my life online it was relatively easy, until friends starting texting me because they know what I'm like. Mea culpa. For someone who swore off politics I do seem to spend a lot of my waking moments (and some sleeping ones) concerned with it. Who'd have thought Clacton would ever generate headline news! You can read all the 'what lessons can be learned ' dross in the press or listen to the pundits and academics dissecting the results ad nauseum with stats and comments we've heard a million times if you really want to wallow in negative energy, and make yourself miserable about the state of the nation. How ashamed we should feel to have in parliament someone who represents disenchantment. I felt dissapointed at ...

‘The Party Line’

By Tuesday, September 30, 2014 0 Permalink

Around this time several years ago the boyfriend said quite out the blue, that I should return to my first love. I snapped out my trance like state staring at the party conference on tv and looked at him in confusion. "What"? He pointed to the screen."Why pretend? Politics is your one enduring love, you fight it and stayed away but maybe it's time to admit you hate it so much because you love it, and go back to it all". He was right of course, he knew me, and loved ones are annoying like that! Naturally, I ignored him and cut my nose off to spite my face! Until recently. On the eve of October, the cusp of Autumn, it seemed apt to catch up and blog about the current state of play on the political scene after the Scottish referendum and in light of the political events over the last few months. It ...

‘The Longest Week’

By Sunday, August 31, 2014 0 Permalink

If only someone would have said that a penchant for Bach was the hallmark of a maladjusted, commitment averse fantasist I would have perhaps adjusted my classical music playlists all these years. Michael Fassbender's character in Shame, Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs and though rather more caddish than wicked, now Conrad Valmont  in 'The Longest Week'. After what seems to be a flurry of posts about death I thought some cinema might be a nice change. As I have watched a lot of excellent films lately it seems ironic that this review is for a fairly unremarkable one. But it is perhaps easier to write a playful review for a whimsical film than to dissect the deep and powerful ones. Nonetheless 'The Longest Week' kept my interest mainly due to the interesting script. Engaging banter is as rare in real life these days as it is in the movies. I am ...

‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society’

By Thursday, August 14, 2014 0 Permalink

Over the last few days there has been increased discussion about suicide sparked by the sad loss of the American actor/comedian Robin Williams. I resisted discussing anything about what I view as a fact of life, and sat back only to find the outpouring was superficial and lacking in real knowledge. Such discussion needs considered reasoning based on experience rather than hypocrisy or pity. However, knee jerk reactions are generally lacking in any reason and based on misconceptions which do need to be addressed for any informed debate. Suicide is for many the epitome of autonomy and ownership over one's life. Therefore it deserves a decent discussion. His suicide while sad is no more or less significant than any other but it is the knee jerk social media outpourings about it which means that the topic gets the attention for this moment. Until the next 'thing'. Every day you can find a news item about a suicide ...