Democracy, it’s not for everyone

I’m reminded of the lyrics to the Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Although the recent cover of that classic by The Disturbed is by far the better version   ‘Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly, creeping Left its seeds while I was, sleeping […]

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What were they thinking?

In England they put blue plaques on the outside walls of places important or at least significant people used to live. ‘Orson Wells lived here once’ sort of thing. A friend posted a thought provoking and mildly ironic photo taken outside somewhere George Orwell used to live. Bolted to the wall below his blue plaque […]

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In the news

When I lived in England I used to be an avid reader of newspapers. I used to watch the news on television every night without fail. Since returning to New Zealand my consumption of current events seems to be almost entirely via the radio or online. When I am consulting news media on the Internet […]

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Waitangi Day

The 6th of February is Waitangi Day in New Zealand. Also known as New Zealand day. It’s sort of our little version of the American 4th of July but with an awful lot more controversy surrounding it over the years and not so much celebration, which is a shame. I worried about doing this post […]

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Casting a vote

I haven’t had a proper rant for a while. I’ve been too busy being reflective or trying to be more about having a glass a little bit more than half full. Today my glass is quite empty in figurative terms though, because last night something dramatic happened in television entertainment. When I state what occurred […]

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Now and then

I wrote a thing recently called formative years about how parents form the opinions of their kids largely by accident. This is an elaboration on that theme in a roundabout sort of way as it got me thinking about what life was like when I was busy having my mind accidentally formed. This is because […]

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Observing Americans

You know the the Fourth of July? That’s when Americans celebrate Independence Day, Independence from British Colonial rule. They make quite the song and dance about it. Some might suggest a little over the top as the actual event was an awfully long time ago. But it’s nice to have a big party to celebrate […]

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Conflict is eternal

A couple of the phrases we hear our wonderful leaders using an awful lot are “peace and stability” or “peace and democracy”. The leaders of the great western powers feel it is very important that nations are run according to democratic principles. They will even get the guns out to enforce this upon some people they […]

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Who is in charge?

NB, this was written before the last British General Election in 2015 when the liberals where wiped out. They were wiped out because having spent a term in power, middle Britain discovered what Liberals stand for and they didn’t like it, The SNP are now in charge of Scotland. Well this is ambitious. I am […]

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What we really want

The great thing about being able to string a sentence together is that you hardly ever have to resort to fisticuffs to get your point across. If you are able to articulate your point of view, you never have to punch people who don’t understand the point you have been able to make. I have […]

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Afghan conflicts for beginners

I like to simplify things for people who don’t have the inclination or the wherewithal to look stuff up on the internet themselves. They may watch a snippet of news on television about something going on somewhere. Maybe even read some more detail in a newspaper. Many though don’t actually realise that what one reads […]

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Town & Country

There is a huge divide in Britain. It’s not north versus south which is a biggy but as there is no real dividing line between the two with the midlands muddying the boundaries its hard to define where the wall should be built.  No the big dividing line in Britain is town versus country. Town […]

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What’s in a name? (Examination of racism)

I was minding my own business, well as much as you can on Twitter, when I got a #followfriday from someone who suggested I follow a girl in America who happens to have a blog and as I am nosey I had a poke around in it and found this clip Apparently it’s called Def […]

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Love thy neighbour (Who are the Europeans?)

All the news channels everyday start with the present economic and political situation in Europe, the Euro zone, The EU. Someone has lost everyone’s savings and the finger is being pointed at reckless bankers gambling to make large fortunes for themselves with other people’s money. It is all incredibly complicated and becoming quite tedious. Folk […]

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Who will win the spitting? (A look at social graces)

I had a look back at my past few posts, getting a bit philosophical and distracted by the footy, time to get back to business, the business of ranting. I know a lady who lives somewhere between here and Portsmouth who also feels strongly about this, so this is for her. Everyone should feel strongly […]

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We are not all equal. (Equality v fairness)

I have always maintained my rants are my own ill-informed opinion. That continues to be so of course. My opinion is stuff I know, think, or believe to be so, sometimes based on a conversation with someone in the know or stuff I have read and believe. My opinion today is that equality is bollocks. […]

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The right to choose. (Discussing who gets to vote)

My last post was about Religion and the title was ‘Don’t talk about Politics or Religion’. I’m going to talk about Politics today but not in the way you’d think, of course. I was spending some time with the general public recently and started to despair a bit. We all know that Politicians are bastards […]

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Don’t talk about Politics or Religion. (so I do)

Sorry, I know that’s a common phrase but it’s my blog and I can talk about what I want. Today I want to talk a little bit about Religion. I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with those who get a bit of comfort from some sort of faith and like to believe in an after-life. […]

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The real reason there is rebellion in Libya?

It occurred to me when watching the news last night that we just have not been told the real reason for the mass insurrection in Libya.  The real reason is that they have been deprived access to television or film. Colonel mad bastard Gaddafi has not been letting his citizens watch movies or tele!! How do […]

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Irish issues

Everyone will know that some Northern Irish people have historically been setting off bombs in shopping centres and such places because they wanted to be part of Ireland rather than Britain. Also once upon a time and sadly nowadays from time to time some of the Northern Irish general public amuse themselves by throwing bottles […]

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