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The Lambeth Country Show

I spent yesterday and Saturday at the Lambeth Country Show. For the last forty years, the London Borough of Lambeth has held an annual event in Brockwell Park, around the middle weekend in July, except in 2012 when a shortage … Continue reading

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Was like is now proper English

Just listening to conversations around, it’s quite clear to me that “was like” to mean “said” is now almost universal usage.  I have never consciously used it non-ironically but it’s the sort of construction that creeps into language almost unnoticed. … Continue reading

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The Big Iftar

On Twitter, I have been followed by @thebigiftar Iftar, if you didn’t know, is the name of the meal taken by Muslims during Ramadan to break the fast. It usually happens at the mosque, and by tradition the first thing … Continue reading

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My Next Phone (2) – a Yotaphone?

I have just discovered about the Yotaphone. I can’t afford one and I’ve got at least another year on my Sony Xperia z1 Compact contract. But… the Yotaphone, now in its second iteration, features at least one of the ideas … Continue reading

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That Mars trip is a dumb, dumb idea

You know the one. The one where people go but don’t come back. They go to colonise and settle Mars. The reason is, it’s very difficult to get stuff to Mars.  And to get enough fuel for a return trip … Continue reading

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Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford..

Oh such tragedy. Oh such stupidity. Cameron suggests that the answer is to criminalise those who don’t report sex abuse. It’s not. It’s nowhere close to being the answer. The first thing to do is to criminalise the rapists. Pursue … Continue reading

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Islamic feminism – continuing

I really am not the right person to do this. I am a bloke. I am not a Muslim. But I cheer on the idea of a feminist reformation of Islam, and in this post I am going right out … Continue reading

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