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Establishment Bullies

Suzanne Moore’s op-ed for The Guardian today, makes some smart points about a particular kind of self-pitying right-wing bloke. You know, the guys who turn around and complain about oppression and censorship and political correctness run mad if anyone questions … Continue reading

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The Desolation of Smaug

Even though I found the first Hobbit movie pretty woeful, curiosity and a small hope that surely the second one couldn’t be as dire, got me out the door to see The Desolation of Smaug at the weekend. My pocket … Continue reading

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BBC apologises for John Inverdale’s gaffe over Marion Bartoli

BBC apologises for John Inverdale's gaffe over Marion Bartoli | Sport | The Observer. He’s a real prince among men this John Inverdale dude. His reaction to Bartoli’s win at Wimbledon: Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she … Continue reading

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John Scalzi on the Steubenville Rape Case

Steubenville and CNN and the Rest – Whatever. He writes sensibly about the disconcerting coverage of this case. It’s a nasty one. Small-town jocks, strip, piss on, masturbate on, digitally penetrate, and lug unconscious girl from place to place in … Continue reading

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Beneficiaries – they’re not like us…

Or so the National government would have us believe. They’re introducing a bizarre range of measures designed to control the behaviour of a whole section of the population, using the threat of benefit reduction or removal to ensure compliance. There … Continue reading

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How (Not) to Respond to Writers Who Decry Sexism

Strategy number one: Refuse to accept that the writer’s experience of the world can be different from your experience as a straight white guy. Demand proof of their assertions but only from sources that you deem credible. Focus on details … Continue reading

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Bits and Pieces from My Day

On the theory that a few things make a post. 1) I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to the lovely woman in the Johnsonville Public Library this afternoon, who watched me and Petra hanging out and chatting over the chapter … Continue reading

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