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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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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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My Misanthropic Cynicism Takes Another Kick In The Crutch

The night before last I was doing my normal nocturnal trawl around the web when I stumbled on a video called “Coming out, abuse, being gay, depression”. It had been posted on the 12th of February by an 18 year … Continue reading

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The Pope Has Resigned

Six months later at a local petrol station: “Pump 3, sir? £17.50?” “Yes, that’s right……..I used to be the Pope you know.” “Really sir? Would you like a receipt? There’s a special “two for a pound offer” on Smarties at … Continue reading

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“More Bonuses, Vicar?” “Thank You, That Would Be Simply Scrumptious.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9668919/Archbishop-of-Canterbury-You-have-no-future-in-the-Church.html So the old bird has done it. The good old Church of England has formally declared its own redundancy. A former Oil Executive who “found Christ” at university and who then went on to amass a nice little secular … Continue reading

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“Fancy Free” (1911) by Stanley Houghton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcXdEBKPlH4 Described after its premiere by the “Manchester Guardian” as being “a rather cold , dry, impersonal representation of two men and two women morally not far removed from a state of canine promiscuity”, this one act farce was to … Continue reading

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Mr Ovens By Stanley Houghton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rayWWlbN8OU I have recentlybeen reading through the plays of the Manchester based Edwardian playwright Stanley Houghton. Best known for his play “Hindle Wakes” his often uncompromising views on morality made him controversial. Much of his work is based on generational … Continue reading

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