The Limits of Positive Thinking

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This story came up on the World Service about a New Jersey city that has installed “happy street signs” in an attempt to improve residents’ lives and outlooks. When I heard this I became quite angry. About one third of this mostly black city live in poverty. In 2012 it was ranked the 6th most dangerous city … Continued

A generation gap holding things back

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Pay gaps, thigh gaps and now, a generation gap: the many gulfs slowing down gender equality just increased by one. At the recent Feminism in London 2014 national conference (a veritable cascade of hairy pits and colourful knits), it emerged that gender inequality facing young people in the UK today has some totally new hues to … Continued

My Mistake Being Female

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“You’re going to Egypt? It’s pretty bad out there for women you know…” Here we go again. It is 1am, cheap vodka has been consumed before entering the club, and I am now swaying on a rooftop above Brixton’s glimmering nightlife. A stranger stands beside me voicing his opinion on my next adventure, but the obligation … Continued

Farage’s Nightmare [Short Story]

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It was half past seven and Nigel Farage was ready for the recording of Have I Got News For You. He was on Ian Hislop’s team, presumably because Hislop hated him. Opposite him were Paul Merton, looking as confused as ever, and a woman. The host was a man who wasn’t Jeremy Clarkson. They started … Continued

Democracy is a Lie

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After a typical election in the UK, the parliament we get will be radically different from the parliament we vote for. Representative democracy would mean that if a party gets 20% of the votes, it would get 20% of MPs. Like they have in Germany and Ireland and Denmark and Iraq and all those democracies. … Continued

This is my World [Poem]

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This is my World. And it’s also yours. It’s full of heat, and has volcano pores. It’s ours to share, If we all care, Or split or dominate. It could use a bit of organising, The thoughts we think need harmonising, Sometimes, everyone feels out of tune.   This is my world. And it’s yours. … Continued

Hardly Working

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Dealing with stress in your job? Each day an unending slog? Unable to stomach even the idea of your Monday morning muesli? Good news! Help is at hand with our distraction-packed survival guide: Monday mornings; am I right? You show up to work full of vim, spunk, and gusto, and by half nine your soul feels as dead … Continued

Woody Allen: rabbit and duck

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Woody Allen has one of the greatest film legacies of any living director. Even at 78, he manages to put out an entire feature film every year. That’s not just a feat of talent, that’s a feat of mechanical and industrious skill. He also allegedly abused a child of seven years of age. The problem here … Continued