Saturday Superstore

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The Great British shopping experience as it had been known for generations received its first vision of the future at precisely the halfway point of the twentieth century – when Sainsbury’s opened their first self-service ‘supermarket’ in 1950. The location of this landmark was the innocuous environs of Croydon, South London. The company’s soon-to-be Chairman, […]

August 22, 2015

Snail’s Pace Development.

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One of the few beliefs in their own omnipotence that the Romans didn’t hold, was a belief that they could walk on water; thus when they wished to travel from the sand dune known as Great Yarmouth to Acle, then a major port on the watery estuary they knew as ‘Gariensis’, they abandoned their belief that roads […]

August 21, 2015

Madison Avenues and Alleyways

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16 million private records leaked online, including credit card transactions linked to email addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers – the work of hackers yet again. Not nice, this is true; but context counts for a lot in such cases. Imagine if these were the private records of genuine paedophiles or active members of ISIS; […]

August 20, 2015

Bullying and the Misuses of Social Media

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When I was at school, in my mid teens, I was relentlessly and pretty badly bullied for a couple of years. It was very bad stuff, mostly but not always psychological. I can see now, with the benefit of hindsight that being just a little bit autistic – on the scale as my beloved friend […]

August 19, 2015

Laugh? I Nearly Had a Legal High

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Young people discover a new way to enjoy themselves that doesn’t adhere to the official social guidelines and the government intervenes on behalf of those it doesn’t affect under the guise of doing so on behalf of those it does. Nitrous Oxide, colloquially known as Laughing Gas, is the current cause of minor moral panic […]

August 18, 2015

Time to revisit Gillick?

Way back in the mists of time, when the Labour party was merely middle aged, Jeremy Corbyn was still wearing short trousers, and no one knew that veering to the left could cause electile dysfunction in a Labour member, Gregory Pincus started working on a product that would revolutionise women’s lives in a way that the medieval […]

August 17, 2015

Sunday Miscellany

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Hello Raccoonistas. I have been away for a while. Some things have diverted me. But I could not let this weekend pass without a voice. 70 years since the end of the Second World War. I want to ponder that for a moment. In a way I was brought up with it very much in […]

August 16, 2015

Parish Notice.

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Ms Raccoon duly attended her quarterly interview with the oncologist on Friday; delighted to tell you that you will have to put up with me for longer than predicted – it seems the Letrozole is having some beneficial effects and slowing the progress of my cancer! I’ve even, with the aid of the blissful ‘pain patch’ managed […]

August 16, 2015

The Saturday Matinee

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Art has the ability to facilitate change, particularly how one looks at the world and the people in it. Both novels and albums have done it for me at different times of my life, but before either weaved their magic on me, the movies got there first. I can list ten films that have made […]

August 15, 2015

Global Swarming…

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Listening to Radio 4 in the car the other day, to a sympathetic voice interviewing one of the sad ISIS fighters migrants refugees trafficked persons, that had just been hauled out of the briny by an Italian rescue boat, something about their story stopped me in my tracks. ‘Did they say they were Libyan?’ I asked Mr G. There was a […]

August 14, 2015