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[RANT] Giving hand driers the hairdrier treatment

I’m in the mood to have a rant. The topic is hand driers. I strongly feel that having a hand drier in a public loo that can only dry your hands is not fit for purpose. That may seem like … Continue reading

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REACTION: “How Not To Be A Boy” by Robert Webb

(This is not so much a review as a reaction to the book above, but I’ll file it under Reviews as well.) This week, I read Robert Webb’s “How Not To Be A Boy”. The book is an autobiographical work … Continue reading

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Help me choose a cover design!

I am so close to being ready to launch my novel. I have a limited budget so I want to do everything myself that I can, and that includes using photos I’ve taken to create a cover design that hopefully … Continue reading

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Polls, youth, and experimental weighting

There seem to be very widely different predictions from the various polling companies in the run-up to the 2017 General Election, with some much closer than others. I was curious as to which polls I should put more trust in … Continue reading

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When Corbyn Regenerates: Choosing the Left’s Next Leader

With the news that Peter Capaldi is stepping down as the Doctor, I think of another grey-haired hero of social justice whose time at the helm may be limited, and how we make sure the legacy continues. There is a … Continue reading

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The political equivalent of rioters: verbal violence and anger in 2016

Ever since the referendum result for “Leave”, I have been spewing far more insults, obscenities and expletives at the television whenever the news comes on. This is not a spurious correlation. There has been a second increase since the Labour … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Angela Eagle MP

Dear Angela Eagle MP: I write to you as a lifelong supporter of the Labour Party. I have not always voted Labour, but this has largely been irrelevant: under the FPTP system, my votes have been meaningless since the constituencies … Continue reading

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Young children can feel the pain too (Content Note: Suicide, Bullying)

Content note: suicide, bullying. The front page headline in the Cambridge News on Friday concerned a situation in which primary school children being taught about bullying were accidentally shown an online video aimed at an older audience, in which a … Continue reading

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Change, my dear. And not a moment too soon!

The eagle-eyed among my readers will probably have noticed the theme has changed slightly here. For a while I had harboured vague worries that maybe the text was a bit too small to be easily read by visually impaired readers … Continue reading

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Violence and BDSM assumptions

[CONTENT NOTE: abuse mindset, violent behaviour] So today on the Guardian’s Comment Is Free blog service, Emer O’Toole writes that a murder in a BDSM relationship has “made me rethink my sexual practices”. This is a sad and, if I’m … Continue reading

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