Archive for the ‘Rant’ Category

Vote For Pedro

Voter apathy seems to get worse every election. So many people feel that either all the parties are practically the same, or that their vote makes little or no difference. The thing is, it does make a difference. Even if you live in an area considered a ‘safe seat’, if everyone who said “what’s the point in voting because XXX is going to get in anyway”, the safe party may not be unseated, but they would be forced to sit up and work harder. Plus, it could encourage other parties to field candidates. Less Read more […]

The story of Thanksgiving for non-Americans

It is Thanksgiving in the USA today. Regarding my thoughts following, I want to quote Moonaum James, the organiser of the National Day Of Mourning ceremony in Plymouth,  and say that like him I am “not against Thanksgiving, but rather want to correct the history of the holiday that suggests that the Pilgrims and Native Americans coexisted peacefully. We’re not there to condemn, and not there to do anything other than point out some truths.” Most people get the next two days off work, and it Read more […]

It’s Not Your Penis

There is a lot of media attention at the moment on the topic of circumcision. This is largely due to protests in the States recently from ‘intactivists’ as they call themselves, looking for legislation to ban the practice of circumcision. I am not entirely comfortable with legislation governing medical procedures on either view point, but I am against circumcision as a routine and unnecessary procedure. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking all those things that you have been taught Read more […]

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Bah Humbug

It’s November. The nights are longer and people’s spirits are dropping quicker than the temperatures. What do we do to cheer ourselves up? We cover everything in gaudy tinsel and retina-blowing lights, every shop speaker vibrates to the strains of some inanely repetitive  song, and the already financially strapped populace falls for the marketing campaigns and buries themselves in even more debt by going on a conscience salving shopping spree. Don’t get me wrong, there are aspects of Christmas Read more […]

Stop pissing on my parade

I used to be fairly active on Twitter but have found I have taken a bit of a step back recently. I realise the thought of Twitter may make some people shudder in horror, but I used to think it was like hanging with a bunch of mates in a bar. You get to listen to all the different conversations going on, partake in some, ignore others – just like it is when you are in a bar with a large crowd. Of late, it has lost some of its attraction, and for two main reasons. The first reason is that there Read more […]

Book Conventions – Fan event or Industry Circle-jerk?

I shall be attending World Fantasy Convention 2013 in October, in Brighton, and despite looking forward to it enormously – especially seeing Joe Hill (SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!) – I think that this will be my last con for a while. Why? Because its seems the business of books stopped being about reading and readers. I have been to several cons now, and always go there bright eyed and bushy tailed, but by the end of it I leave there feeling slightly inferior, unnoticed, and unimportant. I am fed up of going Read more […]

The Twelfth Doctor

On Sunday 4th August, at around 7:30pm GMT, the internet exploded. The reason for this was the announcement, on a rather lame excuse for a show, that Peter Capaldi was to take over the iconic role of Doctor Who as his twelfth incarnation. I have to say, when I heard his name pop up last week amongst all the other dozens rumoured, I immediately thought YES! He would be perfect. Which of course meant it was never going to happen. I can’t say how pleased I am that I was wrong. I first saw Capaldi Read more […]

DOMA

It as been announced in the U.S today that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), the Federal law allowing same-sex marriage discrimination, was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Why is this a good thing? Well, this is good news for already married same-sex couples, as they have until now been discriminated against when it comes to matters of federal benefits. For example, a New York same-sex couple married in Canada. When one of the couple died, she left her estate to her partner, who Read more […]

Why I won’t apologise for being an atheist

Religion. It’s like a penis – it is great if you have one, but it is not appropriate to wave it about in public. It’s a funny old thing. If asked what religion you are, how do you define that? Some people unthinkingly will fill out a census form, and list themselves as Christian, simply because they were christened as a baby, yet haven’t set a foot inside a church since they were a baby. I want to take an opportunity to answer some of the questions posed to me in the past by theists who seem Read more […]

I know I am not perfect but…

… I am so close, it scares me. That was the quote that was on a t-shirt I bought on holiday once when I was a kid.  In truth, I know I am not perfect – but then who is? No one I guess, yet some people, while perhaps acknowledging their own imperfections, seem unwilling to accept that others may be less than perfect. Alexander Pope said ‘To err is human.’ Now, he would probably say ‘it’s human to fuck up’.  I fucked up. How? Well, trusting an ‘ex’ friend would go their own way, allow me to Read more […]

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