The Plastic Hippo

January 20, 2016

Caller on line one

Filed under: Fiction,Media,Music,Politics — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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Image via David Fisher Rex Features

Image via David Fisher Rex Features

”And that was Life on Mars by David Bowie; a musical legend and the man who changed the world. In this hour we discuss Britain`s nuclear deterrent. Trident; good or bad, right or wrong, vital or irrelevant, fried or boiled, salt or pepper, indiscriminate weapon of mass destruction or the ultimate insurance policy? Have your say by calling our usual number.

Our first caller is Abraham from Barking. Hello Abraham, what would you like to say about Trident? Good or bad, right or wrong, vital or… (more…)

January 18, 2016

With friends like these

Filed under: History,Politics,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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All our yesterdays

All our yesterdays

Before we all get too carried by the lifting of western sanctions against Iran, it might be worth taking a moment to consider quite how we define friend and foe, ally and rival and, perhaps more importantly, bosom buddy and hated enemy.

A cultural package tour of the historic glories of Tehran, Qom and Isfahan or a relaxing beach holiday at Bandar Abbas on the delightful Strait of Hormuz seems rather tempting even though the Axis of Evil continues to flourish and what with the war on terror going ever so well. (more…)

January 14, 2016

Vacant situations

Filed under: Fiction,Politics — theplastichippo @ 12:01 am
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Due to unprecedented success and expansion, Her Majesty`s government is seeking to recruit further high quality senior executives across a broad range of disciplines to consolidate and develop corporate excellence going forward. We require high-end, front-facing, hands-on, self-starting, low-maintenance, top class professionals with a proven track record of leadership, innovation, accountability, robust scrutiny, sound economic judgement and previous extensive experience in the scapegoat sector. (more…)

January 12, 2016


Filed under: History,Music — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am


A variety of worthy academics engaged in a futile analysis of popular culture claim with some certainty that Rock and Roll was born on January 10th 1956 when Elvis Aaron Presley recorded Heartbreak Hotel in Nashville – Happy 60th birthday Rock and Roll.

The heartfelt outpouring of genuine grief at the passing of David Bowie is a basic human reaction but says more about the audience than the performer. It seems that we cannot accept that our heroes are mortals just like us and even if they provided “the soundtrack of our lives”, it does not exempt them from running out of time. (more…)

January 9, 2016


Filed under: Fiction,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 11:00 pm
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Get down John, you`re not the PM

Get down John, you`re not the PM

Amid allegations of political bias and the blatant disregard of balanced impartiality, the BBC has once again provoked a storm of outrage and a flood of complaints. This latest controversy centres on senior political correspondent Valerie Singleton`s attempt to interfere with the democratic process by asking former Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe if he might be considering his position as a member of the government. (more…)

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