‘Old age’ is no excuse for stupidity

When relatively young people use ‘old age’ as an excuse for ‘purported memory lapse’ it is simply disrespectful. At a time when we all have to be mindful for the well-being of the community I find the weak excuses of the prominent and famous an insult. Does it stem from a sense of entitlement, superiority,…

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Discrimination: down to the bone

It is well on the way to being a ‘catch-all’ term for attitudes as widely varied as bias, favouritism, injustice, intolerance, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness. More particularly it is used in situations of ableism, ageism, anti-Semitism, chauvinism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism; the list goes on. With so very many different terms hiding under the umbrella of…

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Peering above the Parapet

Peering above the parapetnot an awful lot to seethe little I see is awfuland nothing to do with me. Fake news, the only tale in town –cheats and lies and alibiesrough-shod rides, swift changing tidesnegating the already down. Turning back from the parapetwrapped in awe of my own spacelimitlessly intimatemanufactured natural place. Physical isolation is…

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Social Isolation: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The bad – but with the potential to be better Social isolation is particularly stressful for those who rely on going out in order to find company, connection, and care; the ones who live alone, or live with serious illness, their own or a loved one’s, those needing respite, the old, the frail, and the…

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Brexit and Ukrainegate: different sides of the same coin

Which coin and why? For a start, it has nothing to do with politics.As it’s a Wednesday post from me, this is all about Words and the coinage of new ones from old. Both ‘Ukrainegate’ and ‘Brexit’ are words recently fashioned to conceptualise headline-grabbing issues. Their similarity is a semantic one in that they are…

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New coin rejection: politics or punctuation?

On Friday this week a new 50p coin is to be issued. Not any run-of-the-mill coin – or should that be run-of-the-mint coin – but one to commemorate the UK beginning its departure from the European Union. For whatever reason it is being issued the bottom line is, it’s a coin. It’s money. Small change…

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