A Private Tragedy – A Public Disgrace.

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Were you to Google the name – which I’m not going to give you! – you would come up with results running to four figures. Each of those news items have been read hundreds if not thousands of times. We need news, don’t we? Nay, it is our right to know what is going on […]

April 15, 2016

Misogynistic Brothel Creeps.

Take your pick – the unfortunate Olivia is a ‘sex-worker’ in the Guardian; a ‘professional dominatrix and escort’ in the Socialist Worker; and ‘a prostitute’ in the Independent; nowhere have I seen her described as she is – a young single woman who signed up to Match.com in an effort to find a partner outside of […]

April 13, 2016

iPorn, iPads and iPandas…

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The Chinese government has long kept tight reins on both main stream media and social media to maintain its authority. Tactics include monitoring systems and firewalls, blocking websites, and jailing journalists and bloggers who seek to circumvent the ‘Great Firewall of China’. In other respects it is surprisingly liberal. Whilst those of us in the West, who […]

April 7, 2016

Panama Gnats.

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Hey oop! The media midges are on manoeuvres. Dive-bombing unsuspecting celebrity ankles; swarming with righteous innuendo; there is no escape from the garrulous gnats as they mix ‘tax avoidance’ with ‘tax evasion’ and tar every customer of the well established firm of Mossack Fonseca with the suggestion of criminal activity. An act that was initially described as […]

April 5, 2016

Gawkward Truths.

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The thrusting naked bottom of Hulk Hogan is an unlikely place to lower the flag of ‘free speech’; but there it currently resides. Pending an appeal. Gawker v. Bollea was an American court case that turned on the Constitution’s 1st Amendment which protects the right to freedom of expression from government interference. The sheer fact that Criminal […]

April 3, 2016

The Pachyderm in the Palliative Care room…

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Just as no one would read a ‘Baby rearing’ book until the prospect of parenthood was bearing down upon them – so we all adept at ignoring the literature regarding Palliative Care until we become personally involved in either our own death or that of someone close. I had thought it axiomatic that the difference […]

April 1, 2016

Slater & Gordon – Part 962.

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Last Thursday, as you were rushing about buying Easter eggs, the beleaguered staff at Slater & Gordon were more worried about their Easter pay cheque. They were due to be paid on the morning of the 25th, Friday, but that being a bank holiday, they had been promised the money would be in their bank […]

March 29, 2016

To #Believe or not to #Believe.

That is the question. There are so many possible answers. When Exaro first emerged with their ‘credible and true’ allegations of exotic Westminster paedophile rings, the opprobrium heaped on the head of anyone, like Ms Raccoon for instance, who dared to suggest that perhaps tales which sounded too fantastical to be possible, were, indeed, too […]

March 27, 2016

‘Waiting for Goddard…’

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Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot‘ was famously described as ‘a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats’. ‘Waiting for Goddard’ is fast acquiring the same sense of existentialist absurdity that passes for compassion in our complex world. The media are waiting for Goddard so that they […]

March 22, 2016

The Dangers of Internet Dating.

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The BBC continues its mission to ramp up the dangers posed by the Internet, as opposed to the dangers of cosy old Aunty Beeb…. As it happens (and you might have guessed) Ms Raccoon had early, very early experience of ‘computer dating’. From the profitable side of the business. As you also might have guessed…why […]

March 15, 2016