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Category: Eclectic Blue

Against all odds

As ever on holiday, I read a lot. And I read books that you might think I wouldn’t be reading. Last year, I read Rod Stewart’s autobiography. I wouldn’t go to a Rod gig if he was playing in my back garden but...

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Sun block

If you are a Sun reader, can I ask you why? 30 years on since they wilfully lied about the tragedy of Hillsborough, the ‘newspaper’ continues to make our world uglier and darker. For taste reasons, I shall not repeat...

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Maybe I’m Amazed

Mental health campaigner Matt Haig tweets this: “I am amazed at how many people measure progress around mental health attitudes on how many celebrities talk about panic attacks, rather than how long people have to be...

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Buy this book

I don’t read as much as I should and when I do read, my choice of book is perhaps not always the most profound. But this week, away on my holidays, I have read a book that has changed forever the way I think about...

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Work until you drop

Fair play to the transport workers of Paris for going on strike today, paralysing the metro system. The French government intends to reduce the value of their pensions and make them work longer for less. It’s a shame we...

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Eighteen years

My God, 18 years since 9/11. 18 years and yet it still seems, if not yesterday, then the day before yesterday. Thousands murdered by 19 islamic fascist maniacs who thought somehow their evil acts would see them in Paradise, with...

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A change is gonna come

It’s been more than two years since the British Red Cross almost ruined my life. My employment with them came to a bitter end – for me – after months of bullying which culminated with me being shunted off,...

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The illiberal elite

I gave up on BBC Radio Five Live this morning within something like 30 seconds when a caller explained he just “sick to the back teeth of Brexit and just wanted a clean break (from the EU)”. Most Tories and leave...

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Airport

The annual Which? guide to British airports was published today, revealing that Doncaster/Sheffield airport is the best in the land and Luton the worst. The results are compiled by asking passengers what they think of their...

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Part of the union?

For most of my working life, I was a trade union member. Firstly, the civil service union the CPSA and later, when it merged with another civil service union, the PCS. If I was still a civil servant, I would still be a trade...

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