Monthly Archives: July 2007

Jack and the Beanstalk

I was reading my junior children a pop-up version of Jack and the Beanstalk last night, and it struck me that this is a tale with a very confused moral message. We start with Jack’s mother sending him off to … Continue reading

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Inimical

I’ve deleted two of my Friends. That’s a very emotive way of putting it, isn’t it? It makes me sound like something out of ‘Blade Runner’. Thing is, one of them had no activity in 312 days, and another had, … Continue reading

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Lies, damned lies, statistics and spectacles

I confess to being rather bemused by my statistics on this site. In the eight days since I posted my Steely Dan review, I’ve apparently had 163 visitors making 518 page views. That’s 3.18 page views per visitor (compared to … Continue reading

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Steely Dan, Hammersmith Apollo, July 7 2007

While hordes of bright young things were cramming into Wembley to receive the ecological exhortations of didactic megastars, a few miles across town Hammersmith Apollo played host to a sellout crowd of the greying and balding who probably won’t be … Continue reading

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Virgin Megabore

I’ve been thinking about the claim that amongst the persuasive inducements used on Islamic suicide bombers is the promise of an afterlife wherein their every whim is catered to by 72 virgins. I have to say, it’s not an idea … Continue reading

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