The Fourth Lie: Britain Decides 2017

The Fourth Lie     ‘There are three kinds of lie: lies, damned lies, and statistics’ –Mark Twain, Chapters from My Autobiography, 1906 [Oft attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli]   I One facet of English socio-political life which I sincerely detest is its hypocritical civility. Of all the forms and types of democracy … Continue reading

The Stormy Present: Trump and the Advent of post-Presidential Politics

The Stormy Present   “The office neither elevates nor degrades a man. What it does is provide a stage upon which all his personality traits are magnified and accentuated.” -George Reedy, President Johnson’s press secretary on the nature of the US Presidency ‘Don’t you dare call me Dick. I am the president of the United … Continue reading

The Power of a Glance and Nod: Black History Month as Black Future

‘If you ever forget you’re a Jew, a gentile will remind you.’ –from a story by Bernard Malmud I Often times the easiest way to explain an experience is to do so in relation to how others react to the state of affairs that cause that experience to manifest itself in the first place. So … Continue reading

The ‘Good Guy’ Candidate: How Trump Wins in 2016

I It has to be said, I prefer bagels to burgers. That is to say if I had to place myself on the American political map it would be safely in the liberal-left New York/New England wing as oppose to the fries & shake culture of the centre-right West Coast, the baby-back rib conservatism of … Continue reading

In Defence of Cocktails in Jam Jars (and teacups)

For just shy of a century, the world’s most technologically advanced and cosmopolitan cities have made a real art form of using the hours between 17:00 and 19:30 for activities completely removed from getting home as fast as possibly after a hard day’s work. In fact let me rephrase that: never has it been so … Continue reading

50 Shades of Othering [Essay abstract-via six quotes]

Six areas, and six small quotes, touched on in my essay-in-progress:  ’50 Shades of Othering’. It will be a response to the artist known as ‘Andre 300o’ [Outkast] and his, shaky and vague,  assertion in a recent performance that: ‘Across cultures darker people suffer most. Why?’    The essay proper forms part of a submission [successful or not … Continue reading

Patois Serendipity: a play, in poetry, about personal heritage.

Introduction to the piece One of the founders of the Ikon contemporary art gallery in Birmingham, Robert Groves, happens to be a neighbour of mine in Lichfield. Being a generous man, he-often gets me arty gifts. One of them was his/the Ikon gallery’s history book  ‘Some of the Best things in Life Happen Accidentally’. I … Continue reading

Why school pupils must see their teachers strike, [or ‘Solidarity for kids’]

Note: The circumstances describing poor educators contained within the essay pertain, of course, to a small constitency of teachers and managers of young people. There are many people who celebrate, diversity of veiws, dissent and independance in eductaion and they ought to be celebrated. [N.G] TODAY many pupils and parents will be made to stay at home due … Continue reading

One does not simply ‘Do Lent’: Reflection # 1 of 40

A brief note on the temptation of Christ  It occurs to me that at the start of Lent we are regularly told, as sure as the daffodils mark the start of Spring, that there is a great deal of nonsense spoken of the Devil. No sooner does the lectionary provide us with the temptation of … Continue reading

Is it true? For if it is, a little honesty about Christmas.

A clutch at your finger One gets used to a considerably improved church attendance rate around Christmas time as members of the public, for a complex number of reasons, pay homage to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Well, let’s be a little more honest than that. Members of the public from reasons … Continue reading