Covid-19: people at their most stupid

I went to buy a couple of new pairs of shorts from my local sports discount store yesterday and covered my mouth to clear my throat while browsing. A woman next to me almost ran, so quick she was to get herself to the other side of the place. It’s getting to a point where … Read moreCovid-19: people at their most stupid

Unregulated, Wild West social media needs to be reined in

I’m now convinced social media – as opposed to moderated online chat forums – does more harm than good. Doesn’t matter how responsibly millions use it, there are millions of trolls and bullies and other wicked people using it to divide, humiliate, terrorise and smear. The latest is about that little boy who has dwarfism … Read moreUnregulated, Wild West social media needs to be reined in

Ms Flack’s death is a symptom no one will heed, but they should

Tabloid newspapers are busy deleting their bullying, revolting articles about Caroline Flack, but those who wrote and published them can’t erase their guilt. Neither can the members of the public who posted hateful comments about her online. As Ms Flack herself wrote: “in a world where you can be anything, be kind”. If only her … Read moreMs Flack’s death is a symptom no one will heed, but they should

A victory for lies but don’t lose hope

Woke unexpectedly at 4.40am. I was having a lovely dream. Looked at the news on my phone. Realised I’d woken to a nightmare. A victory for lies, smears, the rich and smug. A crushing humiliation heaped on the sick, the disabled, NHS workers, firefighters, the homeless, the poor, the working poor, those on zero hour … Read moreA victory for lies but don’t lose hope

Hate in response to hate: dangerous and dumb

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I’ve seen on social media some unthinking and hate-fuelled responses to the news that Shamima Begum wants to return to the UK. We don’t live in a country where kids who do stupid, dangerous and offensive things are later strung up as adults. Children do commit acts of murder and rape but efforts are made … Read moreHate in response to hate: dangerous and dumb

Roundabouts, rabbits, insects and the shit we’re in

Keighley roundabout plans

Sad to witness that work began today on demolishing the big roundabout as you drive into Keighley from Skipton. The reason for my sorrow was the sight of a great many trees cut down, flat to the ground, their stumps white and raw. Like the roundabouts in Skipton, and probably many other places, this one was … Read moreRoundabouts, rabbits, insects and the shit we’re in

Vince Cable colluding with Mrs May

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Are we all thought to be completely stupid blank sheets for the Tories and their friends to write what they want into our brains? First up this week, Vince Cable – a man painted by the media, including the supposedly left-wing Guardian – as a person with integrity – announces that the Lib Dems will … Read moreVince Cable colluding with Mrs May

Smartphone stupid

Many people at the Culture Club gig I went to last night watched the whole thing through their smartphone screens, recording it.  Now, professional cameras with zoom lenses are banned but you can pinch and zoom in using a smartphone but it’s software- assisted, which basically means the result is blurred – the closer you … Read moreSmartphone stupid

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