From Taiwan

16 Sep

My first encounter with the far east’s, and more particularly China’s, emphasis on the importance of face  came not in China but Bangkok in 2009. I was at the snake farm attached to one of the city’s several world class … Read More »

Hello Mr Lennon

12 Sep

I think Marco – his comment appeared below a Youtube clip featuring Al Pacino speaking of the time he met John Lennon – must be American. In which case ‘Strawberry fields’ refers to a small part of Central Park, dedicated … Read More »

Was Diana’s death an accident?

2 Sep

Some say the Devil’s signature achievement lies in convincing us he doesn’t exist. Substitute more secular terms – ruling class, say, or imperialism – and the wisdom of those words is far reaching. As is that of a further tweak: … Read More »

It was twenty years ago today ..

31 Aug

… on August 31, 1997, that “the people’s princess” was killed by a high speed collision in Paris’s Pont de l’Alma road tunnel. I don’t know whether or not MI5, in cahoots with Sûreté and DGSE, engineered that collision. Neither, I … Read More »

Good King David’s Dowry

30 Aug

A claim frequently made by illegal Zionist settlers in the Occupied Territories is that the land is theirs by the deed of entitlement also known as the Bible. Well you can’t say fairer than that, now can you? This from … Read More »

Jess Phillips on rape threats

28 Aug

This from the Independent yesterday: A Labour MP has called for increased support and training for women in public life after revealing she received 600 rape threats in a single day last year. Speaking to The Independent, Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham … Read More »