Facebook Is No Longer Michel Foucault’s “Heterotopia”

Reading Time: 6 minutes     The Missing Comma   It started with the sharing of a tweet in a Facebook group. There followed a heated discussion between those, like myself, who thought that the tweet had more than an undertone of racial prejudice and white supremacy, and those who didn’t. I don’t recall that the person who posted […]

Utopia, Anno 2017 – Catalonia And Brexit

Utopia

Reading Time: 8 minutes   During the UK referendum campaign, the Leave camp’s arguments for leaving the European Union  focused on, (i) a full economic recovery only made possible outside the EU, (ii) close to zero immigration and, (iii) a financed healthcare system. Whilst a non negligible proportion of the Brexit voters are clearly isolationist and/or xenophobic, I do […]

Pardon Me, Your Honour – I’m a Sexy Lady With Talent

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Reading Time: 5 minutes In May this year, Lavinia Woodward, an Oxford medical student, was found guilty of stabbing, and seriously injuring, her boyfriend. An exceptional delay in the verdict was pronounced, the court having heard of her ‘extraordinary talent’, as sufficient reason for this strange decision. The judge had made it clear that he did not favour a […]

Mayhem in Florence

Florence

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the beginning, there was Rome – six paths leading away from the city, towards an ever closer union of six warring nations. Then, there was Maastricht, the symbol of a European treaty that no-one voted for. More recently, Lisbon, emblem of the same treaty that no-one got a chance to vote for.  Now, there […]

(M)Alice In Euroland – Juncker’s Playing With The F-Word

Brexit

Reading Time: 7 minutes Juncker through the looking-glass There are many words beginning with the letter “F” that are not suitable for the ears of small children. The word, alluded to, but not pronounced by Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, certainly falls into this category. I feel great passion for the European Union, but the annual […]

Joking Apart – Don’t Turn Charlie Hebdo Into Charlie Hebdon’t

Charlie

Reading Time: 8 minutes The Kouachi brothers ran into the street shouting “Charlie is dead”…Today’s Charlie-killers are loose on the Net and in the White House…But Charlie is alive and well.   Well Donald, who do YOU remind ME of?   WARNING In the same vein as Charlie Hebdo, this post is provocative and can endanger your mental health. This […]