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Whose identity?

Whose identity?

Whose identity? 17 May, 2020PoliticscultureIdentity politics is ruining society. The product largely of the chattering class, and turned into a thing by studentsit is driven by the individuals’s hurt feelings, and an ever expanding supermassive black hole of niche...

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Shirley

Shirley

Shirley19April, 2020memory cultureI remember sparkling kind blue eyes in a narrow face, chopped muddy blond hair like she had cut it herself, and a slight frame in a coat that was much too big for her. I don’t remember her surname. It was only last week, when I bought...

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Crab exits stage right

Crab exits stage right

M is someone I have known for most of my life. She is – by instinct – fair and level headed, but she is sometimes drawn from her instincts by watching ITV evening news. If Emmerdale followed Channel 4 news, we would have a whole different ballgame, but ITV news is the one that is watched, …

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The ‘seventies

The ‘seventies

The 'seventies - a Devon teenagehood 8 JULY, 2018 summer culture Cadbury's chocolate teddy bears, Corona Ice-Cream Soda; Harmony Hairspray: Show him your a Slimcia girl. Cheap aftershave and sickly perfume. Belted knitted jackets – Starsky; Crocheted waistcoats;...

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The will to movement

The will to movement

Travelling through the West Country on a Sunday at 5pm suddenly makes me wistful for the days when I used to hitch my way around the country.
When i was young enough for hitching to be a safe endeavor, because I had the indestructibility of youth.

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Galileo’s Finger

Galileo’s Finger

Galileo spent most of his life in Florence – there is a museum dedicated to him in that beautiful city

Hard though it is to believe though, the displays Galileo’s middle finger.

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Moaner Gherardini

Moaner Gherardini

I need to get some tomatoes from the market. All the best ones will be gone by the time he’s finished with me. And he’s not even painting it on a fresh canvas. God knows how much my idiot husband is paying for this, but it’s too much

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The European Union – in or out?

The European Union – in or out?

The level of "debate" if you can call it that around the should I stay or should I go question of Britian's membership of the EU has been conducted at a supremely infantile level. It reminds me of the kind of things adults say to small children to scare them into...

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Arsenal

Arsenal

My brother is a lifelong Arsenal fan. 10 years ago he conducted a ruthless campaign of text-bombing me with Arsenal facts, thoughts and hopes until I capitulated. He knows how much I hate being in a conversation where I know nothing about the subject at hand, so he...

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Nighthawks

It was some time after 2 that we left the club, making our way slightly drunk and boisterous, through the empty streets and back home. We came upon a cafe that was still open - the only shopfront where the lights were on for good reason. Chris made her way to the...

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kitten

kitten

I have become the minder of a kitten. Since I was intending to get an orange, white or grey kitten, it is quite surprising that I have ended up with an all black kitten. But I was of a kitten mood, and he is in need of a home. He has been in my home for about 6 hours,...

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