Food For Thought?

Shelagh McKinlay (who blogs at ‘The Absurdist’) on the latest useless piece of ‘research’ on diet: I once ordered a cheese roll at a cafe in Fife and was astonished to hear the waitress cry: “Once through the hot fat…

Can a dress code be homophobic?

Well, I suppose if it reads “Don’t dress like a big flaming poof or one of them bean flicking, dungaree wearing lezzies” then yes, without going into the rights or wrongs of having such a dress code I’d say that…

Your five a day is going to kill you

This was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? AN APPLE a day is supposed to keep the doctor away, but a small but passionate group of Melbourne medics believes apples and other fresh fruit are in part to blame…

Reefer Madness!!

A Llanelli drugs worker has launched a campaign to rid the town centre of legally sold bongs and other drugs paraphernalia. Yeah, you didn’t miss the ‘legally’ bit; there’s nothing wrong with selling these items at all. So why has…

Marriage is one man and one woman

The name which immediately springs to mind is Martin Niemöller. It’s difficult to explain what’s wrong with Featherstone’s move from a scriptural perspective because most people have either not read or have rejected scripture. It’s easier to argue against from…

Oh, We’re Happ, Happ, Happ, Happy…

And don’t we know it. As if hmg hasn’t got enough money to waste, they are pressing ahead with plans to ask even more personal and irrelevant questions about our lives. This time it is the happiness indicator that the…

Not fit for purpose

It came as no real surprise to me that 3 days after announcing that the UK might face another terrorist outrage like the London bombings on the 7th of July 2005 it turns out that the UKBA chief had ordered…

The tropic of torpor in Western society

Some of you reading this are parents and what follows most probably does not apply. With that disclaimer out of the way, do you find it interesting to watch how other parents are preparing their offspring for adult life? A…

Posturing and reality

Where there’s a will there’s a way as the old saying goes, unfortunately it also applies to the political will of our idiot politicians whose proximity to the real world seems to drifting ever further apart. This unfortunately is very…

Charlie Hebdo and the Islamists

Unlike the more cowed British press, Charlie Hebdo has shown no qualms in offending the easily offended. During the Danish Cartoons furore, they published. Did we see it this side of La Manche? Did we buggery. Yesterday, their offices were…

Gambling, collecting and loyalty

  There are good reasons to think that many common human behaviours such as petty gambling, collecting and loyalty are intimately linked. Here’s how. Imagine a Phänomen Gre Loetz glass vase made about 1901 – a highly collectible piece of antique glass.…