There was a rather silly documentary hidden away on BBC4 on night last week all about the crisis facing Europe. Called The Great European Disaster Movie and set in a not too-distant future after the collapse of the EU, it featured an archaeologist (played by Angus Deayton) on a flight to Berlin beset by a menacing storm, explaining to … Continue reading The eurozone: ‘this machine from hell’
The photo says so much. The lady in the wheelchair is Amelia Boynton, last seen portrayed in the film Selma. She was the local leader of the civil rights protests in Selma in ’65. Now her hand is held by the first African-American to become president as she goes once more over the Edmund Pettus … Continue reading Selma 50 years on: one of Obama’s finest speeches
loo The Google driver-less car From around 8 am and throughout the day, our avenue is busy with deliveries – vans (mainly white, some liveried) bringing Amazon packages, Ocado deliveries for the posh people up the road or Asda shopping for the students, and much else besides. Driving and delivery work has, just in the last couple … Continue reading How robots will eat our jobs
WSPU poster depicting the force feeding of Suffragettes in prison Watching Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power on BBC 2 last night I was reminded that I recently re-discovered in the back of a cupboard an unpublished piece of original research I had done in in 1975 into one of the more barbarous episodes in the … Continue reading Atrocities inflicted on suffragettes in Walton jail
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, jailed in ‘Selma’ The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, colour, or previous condition of servitude. – Amendment 15, United States Constitution, ratified February 2, 1870 Ava DuVernay’s film … Continue reading Selma: a film for our times
Peter Kennard , Photo Op, 2006 Increasingly we live in a world where nothing makes any sense. Events come and go, like waves of a fever, leaving us confused and uncertain. Those in power tell stories to help us make sense of the complexity of reality. But those stories are increasingly unconvincing and hollow. So … Continue reading Bitter Lake: helping make sense of complex reality?
Medieval bookbook support Ikea’s new advertising campaign is a hoot, mocking Apple and our obsession with the latest gadget and all its conveniences. The Ikea bookbook has no cables, its battery life is eternal, an expandable interface, and a navigation based on ‘tactile touch technology’. Content is pre-installed! To start browsing, ‘simply touch and go – … Continue reading When you need bookbook support