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Good Night Old Year

Good Night Old Year

Nothing’s eternal, except eternity itself. Goodbye old friends, I wish you were here. Gone to your rest, but I don’t envy you. Memory is sorrow; I want to see you again. Your eyes filled with flame, faces so vivid, Those […]

Merry Christmas from the National Rifle Association

Merry Christmas from the National Rifle Association

ANNOUNCER: We interrupt this Christmas to bring you an important message from the National Rifle Association. Let’s go straight to the press conference at the NRA’s headquarters… COLONEL MUSTARD KEENE, PRESIDENT, NRA: Hello. I’m Colonel Mustard Keene, President of the […]

When Paid Media is Not Professional

When Paid Media is Not Professional

It is a truism that the world is run by elites. The very nature of power and wealth means that it is coveted most by those who are prepared to act most selfishly. As such, those who attain power are […]

Two is Too Many

Two is Too Many

As the calendar catapults us And we contemplate the new new year’s resolutions that propose to make us into version 2.0 of what we are Version new Version something else Version improved They escalate The numbers accumulate. Going on the […]

Locating Disgust

Locating Disgust

You ask me what I think? Then I’ll tell you what I think. It’s them in charge what’s all to blame. They each one bloody stink. Have you seen the papers? And the awful things they say? They’re spying on’t […]

10 Bond Secrets We Will Never Know

10 Bond Secrets We Will Never Know

Thanks to Skyfall, the new Bond film directed by Sam Mendes, we know more about James Bonds’ back story than ever before. We know he used to live in a big drafty house in Scotland which was implausibly isolated from […]

Escaping Sha’tar

Escaping Sha’tar

“You overstay.” In one sense, she was right. I had overstayed. Anyone taking the lengthy bus ride from their plane to the arrivals terminal has already stayed too long in Sha’tar. Three years ago, when I rode that bus for […]

The Two Who Strove

The Two Who Strove

(a poem about the US Presidential election, with a humble nod to e e cummings) anyone lived in a pretty big country (where the people were one, as no-one would agree) winter spring summer and autumn a year for decision […]

Parallel Return of the Jedi: Swamp Gas

Parallel Return of the Jedi: Swamp Gas

A few decades ago, a man sat in his office and realized that film-making was a hard way to make money. If he made a really popular film, then many people would pay for their cinema tickets, and they might […]

MaV-Eric Reveals the Source of All Stuff

MaV-Eric Reveals the Source of All Stuff

2012 has been an annus horribilis around chez nous. Unable to secure a grant for any of my research projects, and harangued by my wine merchant over the subject of unpaid bills, I was forced to grovel to the Dean […]