What the actual fuck

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I’m writing this the day of the EU referendum result, and I might actually cry.  It’s not merely that as I sit here, the British economy is having billions wiped off its value – as is the European.  It’s not just that the currency is in free-fall and no one has any fucking idea how we’re gonna muddle by from here on in. No.  I might cry because today, again, my country chose an utterly insane path for itself.  Not merely of anti-information – not merely of rejecting every informed, intelligent opinion that was put forward because it didn’t feel …

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EU Referendum. Yay.

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Yeap, here I am, declaring my voting intentions once again.  Sure, I could keep them to myself, but since I’m voting for something I believe and I’d like others to contemplate voting a similar way, I figured I’d lay it down, as if you don’t have an earfull of it already.  Oh well…. So, unremarkably, given my political leanings, I’m a Remain vote on the EU Referendum. As I see it, there are plenty of half-way decent reasons to remain.  The cost we contribute to the EU is significant, but still less than a fraction of overall government spending, ridiculously …

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In Frankly Astonished Praise of… Person of Interest

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The premise of this show is this: a few years ago, a computer-genius made a machine – wittily dubbed ‘The Machine’ – which could access all the world’s surveillance feeds, every computer, smartphone and technological nitbit you can name, and with this information predict crime. He then gave the Machine to the government, on the understanding that it will only give information about Big Acts of Disaster where many, many people will die, and generically speaking the privacy of the citizen will not be violated.  It is a big spying tool… but it’s ok, because the Machine just gives a …

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Self Doubt

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Here it is… here it comes.  Can you feel it?  It’s there, just lurking on the edge of your awareness, needling… the voice of self-doubt. Everyone gets it.  Me… I’ve always been lucky enough to do stuff pretty much by myself, for myself.  As a scribbler I don’t read my own reviews, I definitely don’t go looking for them, and even if bad stuff is written about my books I figure, meh, everyone’s entitled to their own point of view on something as subjective as writing. But then other things start to nag.  In the five years in which I’ve …

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Natural and organic

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Two annoying things.  In the EU there are over 2000 products banned from cosmetics, ‘cos of the damage they cause to people, animals and the environment.  In America, of those banned products there are just 36. My skin appears to responds better to face cream made from beeswax and oil than anything else I can buy off the shelf. I find both these things depressing for very different reasons.  Firstly, the things we as a species do to ourselves in pursuit of beauty, youth and… well, no, those two mostly… makes me a little bit sad.  We also do things …

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