It is foolish to wish your life away but, on current form, I wish this coming Wednesday was September 23rd when the mighty Chelsea Football Club travel to Walsall. Three weeks is a long time in football and fortunes may change, but if the next game both teams play were to be the third round League Cup match, Walsall could beat Chelsea. No, really…think about it.
Having played five, won four and drawn one, Walsall are top of League One and a mere 31 places behind Chelsea in the football league. Chelsea have been beaten by the likes of Crystal Palace and there is a palpable absence of confidence and morale at Stamford Bridge. (more…)
There are marginally fewer books and films depicting the future breakdown of civilisation than there are infinite possibilities in a multiverse that can only be explained using string theory via the voice box of Stephen Hawking. It was Thomas More who coined the word “Utopia” way back in 1516 and was subsequently separated from his head by an unhappy Henry VIII. A mere 350 years later, no less than John Stuart Mill came up with the antonym “Dystopia” to describe a very bad government. (more…)
It is sickening to realise that we have evolved into a species that finds it acceptable to exploit violent death for profit. Newspaper proprietors and television news executives are happy to display the final moment of a taken life to boost circulation and viewing figures and in so doing, make money. Rather than expressing disgust, we buy the papers and watch the broadcasts. It seems that we are sitting in a global coliseum being entertained by wild animals tearing slaves apart proving that Darwin might need to fine-tune his theory of evolution. (more…)
Philip Larkin was only partially correct in suggesting that we project our own faults onto our children; he forgot the bits about bequeathed neuroses and anxiety. The dead poet and librarian might have held some unpleasant opinions but he took his own advice and by having no children of his own avoided the gathering apprehension of an offspring’s A Level results day. Thursday was always going to be a tense morning. (more…)
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It`s a bit rich for a government that allows George Osborne to dole out billions of pounds of public money to his wealthy friends to then accuse a charity of financial irregularities. Kids Company, you may recall, once provided care and support to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people abandoned by a callous government that regards yet another Lamborghini for an investment banker as more of a priority than social care for the victims of abuse. (more…)