Not one shall be forgotten: the lies that take us to war

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. George Orwell For the past weeks I’ve been delivering British Legion letters to the people of Whitstable. You will have seen them. The envelope shows a picture of a bunch of First World War British Tommies, kitted out ready for war, with their helmets and their rifles, smiling and carefree, on their way to the front. It’s obvious that none of them have seen any action as yet or they wouldn’t be smiling. By the end of the war most of them … Continue reading Not one shall be forgotten: the lies that take us to war

Legal Highs vs Natural Highs

It often happens that there’s a confluence of stories which seem to illustrate the same point. Last week (21/09/’13) there was a story about legal highs in the Daily Mail. Karen Audino had released a picture of her son, Jimmy Guichard, 20, from Gravesend in Kent, who lay dying after suffering a heart attack and severe brain damage within hours of taking a legal substance from the controversial shop, UK Skunkworks, in Chatham, also in Kent. This is one of a number of UK Skunkworks shops in the South of England, which sell drug paraphernalia as well as legal highs. … Continue reading Legal Highs vs Natural Highs

Privatisation of the Royal Mail

As I’m sure you are all aware by now, the Royal Mail was privatised on Friday. It was sold for £3.3 billion. Within a day the share price had risen by 38%, meaning that the company was seriously undervalued and some people made a quick profit. Billy Hayes, General Secretary of the Communications Workers Union, said, ‘If you sold your house and the buyer sold it on the next day for 38% profit, you’d ask “what was the estate agent doing?”’ Actually it is even worse than this. If you remember, the government took on the company’s pension liability two … Continue reading Privatisation of the Royal Mail

Justified and Ancient. The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds

The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds by John Higgs Available here. I recommend this book. John Higgs has taken the standard rock biography format, done some strange incantations over it, waved his magic wand and – Abracadabra! – turned it into a philosophical tract. This book isn’t just about the KLF. In fact it is hardly about the KLF at all. It’s about Dada and Discordianism. It’s about the Illuminati conspiracy. It’s about Dr Who and the Situationist International. It’s about the number 23. It’s about Ken Campbell, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Moore, Carl Jung, … Continue reading Justified and Ancient. The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds

The Last of the Hippies by CJ Stone: sample chapter

Chapter 12. The Pilton Pop Festival. Rain. Rain, rain, rain, rattling on the roof of the van, falling in waves, washing down the hillside in muddy streams, gathering in pools: relentless, driving rain, hissing and shifting and blustering about. Rain. And then mud. Streams of mud. Rivers of mud. Oceans of dark, slimy, greasy, sticky mud. Mud up to your ankles when you walked. Mud splashing your trouser legs and up over your coat. Mud on the toilet seats in the awful festival toilets, looking like shit. Mud to stand up in and mud to sit down in. Mud. That … Continue reading The Last of the Hippies by CJ Stone: sample chapter

Which side is our MP on over Syria?

We all remember the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Now we have the spectacle of the chemical attack in the suburb of Ghouta in Damascus on August 21st taking us to the brink of yet another war. Of course, as we know, our MP, voted to support military action, despite the fact that there was no evidence that the attack was carried out by the Syrian regime. I would urge Julian Brazier to look at the report by Sister Agnes Mariam and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS). Sister Agnes is a Greek Melkite nun and the … Continue reading Which side is our MP on over Syria?