Adventures in…. Estonia

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Why is whenever anyone asks me to go traveling I automatically assume it’s some terrible mistake?  Why, for example, would anyone invite me to go to Estonia?  It seems like madness…. … as it turns out, the madness of awesome. In May 2016 I went to the Headread Festival in Tallinn.  As prep I did the following:  Bought some Euros Renewed my European Health Insurance Card Read about the history of Estonia (800 years of various occupying powers; brief flourishes of independence in the early 20th century; more occupation; liberation in 1990 and twenty five years of cultural and economic …

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And now… exhale….

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A few days ago I wrote this. The rage was real, still is real.  Since we voted out of the EU, I’ve had friends crying, shouting, serious discussions about whether moving to Scotland is a good idea, eaten a lot of comfort-cake and generally felt a combined sense of a) what the fuck is even the point now combined with b) I need to get involved in politics NOW.  The day after the result, I spent a morning just looking for charities and political causes which I felt could speak to values I hold dear, and help promote them.  The …

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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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