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Middle Class Morality and the Corporatisation of Everything

I have some thoughts about charity, based on my interactions with Andrew and the people who are supposed to help him. I am yet to engage with the Council on Andrew’s behalf, so can’t comment on how they treat him. However, he tells me that they can’t and won’t help him, as he made himself “intentionally homeless”. This phrase lets councils off the hook and means that they no longer have a “duty” of care towards him. I’m sure how it works...

Four Meals and a Teabreak

Part 6 of The Moscow ChroniclesI Follow the links for Part 1 - Moscow Calling , Part 2 - Taksi! , Part 3 - Night in the City , Part 4 - The Road to Red Square and Part 5 – A Bridge Too Far? I left the man swimming in the park to it and made my way back to the hotel. It was galling that I was going to have to walk past it, on the opposite bank, in order to get to the next bridge but, after my travails with the traffic and finding Red Square shut...

A man for his time

President Mandela was the only man who could unify South-Africa he was a great man, a man for his time and his dream was of a Rainbow Nation a brotherhood of our people's. He was known for charisma, affection and compassion, love for his country and love for all its people. The President of the Republic of South-Africa Cyril Ramaphosa is a leader of great integrity, reason and knowledge. He is our leader and worthy and as such has to be honoured...

Louis Theroux: Surviving America’s Most Hated Family. BBC 2, BBC iPlayer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006vv7/louis-theroux-surviving-americas-most-hated-family I watch most of Louis Theroux’s documentaries. I thought I’d already seen this one. My tag-line was the Phelps’s family were no longer America’s most hated family, because that was the Trump’s. Wishful thinking. Theroux has got some good mileage out of the Phelps’s family, but paradoxically the Phelps’s family has also got something back from...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 19 Jul 2019 So many wonderful pieces this week - how to narrow it down to two picks? It's been tough but I had to go for Canonette's moving journal, 'Looking for Andrew', for story of the week - it's a must read: https://www.abctales.com/story/canonette/looking-andrew-journal-1 Poem of the week was equally difficult - but Socialeaf's, 'Monet's Sea', is the chosen piece: https://www.abctales.com/story/socialeaf/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

So many wonderful pieces this week - how to narrow it down to two picks? It's been tough but I had to go for Canonette's moving journal, 'Looking for Andrew', for story of the week - it's a must read: https://www.abctales.com/story/canonette/looking-andrew-journal-1 Poem of the week was equally difficult - but Socialeaf's, 'Monet's Sea', is the chosen piece: https://www.abctales.com/story/socialeaf/monets-sea Here's the inspiration point: https...

Something for our Poets

We have so much wonderful poetry on ABCTales that's specific to particular places, I thought this might be of interest to some of you: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/18/a-unique-and-slightly-mad-...

A Bridge Too Far?

Being the fifth part of The Moscow ChroniclesI Follow the link s for Part 1 - Moscow Calling , Part 2 - Taksi! , Part 3 - Night in the City and Part 4 - The Road to Red Square Having singularly failed to get into Red Square and see the Kremlin, and having been frightened out of my skin by a young couple who just wanted me to take their picture, I decided it was time to head back to the relative safety of my hotel. To add a little variety to the...

Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone. A Place Beyond the Sky (part 1 and 2)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006vrs/chasing-the-moon-series-1-1-a-place-beyond-the-sky-part-one https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006vrv/chasing-the-moon-series-1-2-a-place-beyond-the-sky-part-two This six part serial set at the height of the Cold War tells us everything we need to know about the relationship between politics and technology. United States triumphalism that they had won the war, although unofficial...

Pat Black (2019) The Family

I read this book when it was first published. I’ve read some of Pat Black’s short stories. Some of them are outstanding. A novel is just a bigger story. It’s no great surprise that Black knows what he’s doing. The Family is an interesting title. A bit bland, unless you’re Charles Manson and his Family. And this is Charles Manson territory. There are evil people out there and more worryingly within us. We’ve got to channel them. Here’s a little...

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