Posts Tagged ‘culture & society’

deadly-drivingI had the opportunity before Christmas to go along to a motoring safety course. And was really surprised at the psychological perspective it took.  Nothing on stopping distances, hardly anything on driving distances. Little on the law.

Sure there was quite a bit reminding us of how much of The Highway Code that we thought we knew, has over the years been forgotten, never learned, or is new since we took the test.  The focus was on how we see ourselves.  Yes, three hours of motoring introspection.  Was it dull?  No. Read on

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Daniel is dead.  Jerry is now quaking for his son.  Daniel was 16.  Jerry is a drug dealer and in prison.

Dan Spargo-Mabbs lived in Croydon. The family are regular members of their church, Emmanuel South Croydon. Dan used to run free errands for the elderly people to whom he delivered papers. He also helped out church members with gardening and odd jobs.  You’d be happy to have the family round for dinner.  Fathers – you’d be happy for your 16 year old daughters to date him.

On Friday 17th January 2014, Dan persuaded his mum to let him go to a local party with friends. As Dan was usually responsible, mum agreed. But they went to an illegal rave instead. It was the first time he’d been to a rave. At the rave Dan (more…)

cohen-draperDon Draper and Leonard Cohen, two contemporaries, born in the 1930’s.  Both lovers of cigarettes, women and sharp suits.  Ah, the women.  And so many of them too.  I am drawn to both Don and Leonard.  Both know there is more to life than the nonsense swirling around us.  Both reached out to women, in Don’s case for the mother he never had.  In Leonard’s case, looking for God The Father, as his own died when he was just 9. (more…)

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Le Pen, Trump, Putin as Crusaders

So Donald has Trumpit the Brexit. Nigel (Farage) told us in the early hours that 2016 opens a new era.  Indeed.  For what?  In a British pub in Moscow last night, I saw them sit up and cheer Trump.  A painting is brought in, of three mounted Crusaders.  But the portraits are of Marie Le Pen, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.  It is derived from a famous painting of Adolf Hitler as a mounted knight in armour, holding a standard, searching for The Holy Grail.  A crusade you want to be part of?

No mistake – this is epochal.  We are all revolting against the elites that patronised us for years now.  Popular disgust is being captured and (more…)

Wbooitches in the neighbourhood.  Squeals of groups of children trick-or-treating up my street last night.  With parents at a discrete distance watchful behind.  Ha ha, harmless fun?  Well of course.

But my pumpkin went into soup, not onto the window sill. But overall – we are missing a trick here.  There is a need for a proper something.  What we currently have is pale entertainment.  Ditch the Americanised saccharine of Halloween.  Fast-forward over the faux fright-fests.  Skip on the Satanic stuff that creeps in.  Let’s get statistical. The ultimate statistic – one in one dies.  You dear reader will die, as will I.  The lights will go out.

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desadeSo The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse struggles with resignations and credibility, while Penguin Books announces it is publishing “The 120 Days of Sodom” by the Maquis deSade.  The first – seeks to uncover sexual crimes against children.  The second – a fictional account of what sexual crimes an aristocrat, a politician, a bishop, and a banker comit against eight boys and eight girls aged between 12 and 15.  One seeks justice for the many who have suffered.  The other, many gratifications including murder.  There is no direct link of course.  But while the Inquiry seeks to uncover crimes of the powerful, deSade seeks to describe the crimes of the powerful.

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Creative budgeting 1Have you played Budget-Tango?  Between a charity that supports other institutions, say a hospital, school, homeless project, there is a dance.  Where the donor and done strut around eachother. It is Budget-Tango.

Your charity or grant making body seeks to support an independent organisation or project, in UK or elsewhere, with some funding and some management and budget advice.  Their show – but your help too.

Opening Moves of the Dance
It starts when they send you a copy of their budget.  Very nice to get one at all.  Do not be surprised at the number of front line services that do not have them.  The Chief Medical Officer/ Principle Housing Director/ Emergencies Director did not enter their vocation to sit in the office playing with spreadsheets and accounting jargon.  But you’ve got one – hurrah!

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