Category Archives: General “Rants”

Election Reporting At Its Best

The following actually happened on Channel four news: Ann: In order to find out how people on the ground felt about Ed Miliband’s defeat, we went down to the Hendon Bagel Emporium where a number of his fellow Jews were … Continue reading

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Thought For The Day

“As the lights in a penitentiary grow dim when the current is switched on for the electric chair, so we quiver in our hearts at a suicide, for there is no human life self-taken for which all society is not … Continue reading

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From John Evelyn’s Diary

” August 1st 1672: I was at the marriage of Lord Arlington’s onely daughter (a swete child if ever there was any) to the Duke of Grafton, the King’s natural son by the Dutchesse of Cleaveland. The Archbishop of Canterbury … Continue reading

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Intimations Of Mortality

Thursday marks the 3rd anniversary of the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer. I shall be observing my usual 24 hour online silence vigil in remembrance. Three weeks ago we lost my grandmother to cancer. It was quite a shock. She had … Continue reading

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Zachary Macaulay – A Case For Biography?

I have long been a “fan” (if that’s the proper word) of the ideas of Lord Macaulay. His speeches to Parliament on the Indian question, and other topics generally, I consider to be fine specimens of political thinking. I was … Continue reading

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Sodomy In The UK

Well, the gay marriage issue has been and gone here. The world has continued to spin. There have been no earthquakes to speak of, no classic signs of the wrath of the almighty that made itself so clearly palpable to … Continue reading

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William Cowper On Polygamy (1780)

Impromptu On Reading The Chapter On Polygamy In Mr Madan’s “Thelyphtora” “If John marries Mary, and Mary alone, T’is a very good match between Mary and John. Should John wed a score, oh the claws and the scratches! It can’t … Continue reading

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