The Plastic Hippo

October 5, 2015

So much to answer for

Nice but dim

Nice but dim

You might think that having experienced the Peterloo massacre, the Christmas blitz of 1940; various visitations from the Provisional IRA and having to endure the presence of the Gallagher brothers and Morrissey, Manchester and its people have probably suffered enough. Sadly, the cradle of the Suffragette movement and the host in 1868 of the first Trades Union Congress now once again “welcomes” the Conservative Party Conference presumably through gritted teeth. (more…)

October 3, 2015

Red October

Filed under: Fiction — theplastichippo @ 2:01 am
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Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

It is June 2020 and Captain First Rank Jeremy Corbyn surveys the eastern seaboard of the United States from the conning tower of his recently surfaced Typhoon-class nuclear submarine. Equipped with an undetectable stealth drive propulsion unit and loaded with multiple warhead intercontinental ballistic missiles, his submarine represents the pinnacle of human ingenuity it its pursuit of the most efficient way to destroy humanity. (more…)

September 30, 2015

Fresher`s week

Filed under: Education,Faith,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Pokemon zodiac via Arkeis

Pokemon zodiac via Arkeis

On long road journeys, only two rules apply when driving along in the family car with the squeaking breaks. Firstly, anyone who asks “are we there yet?” is immediately ejected and made to walk and secondly; the driver decides on the CD or radio station. Thus, on the long Saturday morning drive to deliver the Neanderthal that formerly occupied an upstairs room to his seat of tertiary learning; the airways were given over to Richard Coles and Saturday Live courtesy of BBC Radio 4. The people not driving retreated to their personal audio devices only noticeable during the reassuring moment of silence before the news when the sibilant hissing was loud enough to cause a olive grove full of cicadas to drop down dead from the trees. (more…)

September 26, 2015

George…don`t do that

Filed under: Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 2:15 am
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Image via Stefan Rousseau

Image via Stefan Rousseau

The genius of Joyce Grenfell`s Nursery School monologue is that what George is actually doing is left to our sordid imaginations. Decades on, and with the quaint and gentle satire of black and white television and the Home Service a distant memory, what George is actually doing requires no subtle interpretation.

On a recent jaunt to China, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has indicated exactly how his long term economic plan actually works. Like some low-life addicted to crack cocaine, he steals stuff that he does not own to flog it off at a knock down price to unscrupulous dealers simply to fund his self-destructive habit. (more…)

September 24, 2015

Aylan and Hadeel

Filed under: Faith,History,Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Image via Youth Against Settlements

Image via Youth Against Settlements

If an image of a dead child washed up on a Mediterranean beach conveys the consequences of being a refugee, then an image of a young woman about to be shot dead conveys the reasons for becoming a refugee. The image of a lifeless Aylan Kurdi face down in the surf temporarily shocked the world into an all too brief moment of compassion now almost forgotten; the image of Hadeel al-Hashlamun, an 18-year old Palestinian student will be ignored in the interests Middle Eastern security and forgotten in the interests of western economic pragmatism. (more…)

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