Boldly Gone

Leonard Nimoy, who has just passed away, did more than create a character. He became an archetype for an entire race and part of the human character and behaviour (ironically whilst playing a half-alien) that can be summed up in a single word: Spock.  Nimoy...
St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

One of my favourite sights of London, of anywhere. Always brings to mind the passage from ‘Bleak House’: “And there he sits, munching and gnawing, and looking up at the great cross on the summit of St. Paul’s Cathedral, glittering above a...

Trickle down treacle

Very apt comment from Ha-Joon Chang on the perversity of trickle-down economics and the veneration of ‘wealth creators’. Neo-liberals like to think that lowering taxes on the rich and allowing them to keep higher profits encourages them to invest more and...

The artist formerly known as Kanye West

“I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line…” And I haven’t made a decent record in years? Not so much fighting for creativity as fighting to get on the front page for something other than his wife’s cleavage. Beck and Kanye...

Drowning In Static

Got into an argument with a Tory troll on a forum this week, basically trotting out the same tired nonsense about Labour spending, “spending other peoples’ money” &etc. Which fantasy world do the pro-austerity tribe live in? Don’t they...