“PIP” stands for Personal Independence Payment. It is the means by which the government supports disabled people in our community, allowing them to live free and independent lives Continue reading IS PIP a Money Saving Device?
Just as the worship of Attis and Osiris was supplanted by Christianity over a millennium and a half ago, so the worship of Christ has now become replaced by the worship of brands Continue reading Bring back the Christmas spirit
That’s when I saw it, as he handed me the envelope. There was this fierce light burning in his eyes, like the glint you see in a child’s eyes on Christmas morning Continue reading What’s in a name?
Cannabis keeps my friend alert and focused and able to function normally. What was once a recreational pass time has now become a medical necessity Continue reading Sick people forced into crime by politicians
Should we make Noel Edmonds illegal then? Does daytime TV drive you to heroin? I wouldn’t be at all surprised. Continue reading Whitstable Gazette: Is Cannabis a Gateway Drug? and other stories
The scariest thing I read last week was a Facebook post by Heather Richardson, professor of History at Boston College. I think it must have gone viral as I saw it a number of times on a number of different … Continue reading Muslim ban is Trump’s “shock event”
So, aside from the celebrity deaths, the big news last year was about fake news. It was all over the place, in our newspapers, on the TV, on the radio, in the mouths of our politicians and media pundits: everywhere. … Continue reading The Triumph of Propaganda
So we’ve come to that part of the year again, when the Gregorian calendar clicks forward a notch and we say that another year has passed. Many people died in 2016. About the same number as died the previous year, … Continue reading People who achieved so much in their short lives
Greg Lake, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, became the latest celebrity musician to die in 2016, joining such luminaries as David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. Greg was probably most famous for his Christmas song, I Believe in Father Christmas. … Continue reading I believe in Father Christmas, not Santa Claus
In the run-up to the American elections a friend of mine on Facebook described Donald Trump as a fascist.
I thought that was an exaggeration. A loud-mouth certainly: a canny media operator, able to play upon people’s prejudices. But a fascist? Continue reading Trump: A man of the people? We’ll wait and see