Fifty-five years ago, a black tide swept away 109 young lives

It was a quarter past nine on the morning of 21st October 1966, the staff and pupils of Pantglas Junior School in the village of Aberfan were just beginning the day. On the other side of the country, in Hull, my eight-year-old self was doing the same at Southcoates Lane…


The stupidity of relying wholly on one thing

They say Christmas this year is going to be a wash-out, that the shops will be empty: no turkeys, no toys, no baubles, no Terrys’ Chocolate Oranges, Cyprus Sherry or boxes of dates.

I’m not going into the politics of it, other than to say that if the British working…


A personal idea of what might replace two obsolete systems

I seem to have given Henryk A. Kowalczyk, among others, the impression that I’m a Socialist, which is not strictly true. That said, I am no admirer of capitalism in its current form; one which manages to be both predatory and parasitic at the same time. In actual fact, it…


It’s a funny old world (or not, as the case may be)

Apologia

I was moved to write this piece after reading some articles by Graham Pemberton. Mr Pemberton writes frequently on subjects of spirituality, philosophy and science. He is a follower of the Perennial Philosophy and an opponent of materialism. He recently published two articles discussing the manner in which recent discoveries…


More soap tropes in an action series

OK, so this is a hobby horse of mine from way back.

If I am watching a medical drama, I want to see skilled and brilliant doctors solving complex medical problems or coping with the consequences of natural disasters, plane crashes, etc. …


A TV legend is about to begin a new cycle

We are in the early stages of regeneration. Jodie Whittaker, after the now-traditional three-year run, is stepping down from the lead role in Doctor Who. At the same time, showrunner Chris Chibnall is also leaving. …


Neither formal nor a polemic

OK, background. I recently posted a somewhat prolix response to this article by Henryk A. Kowalczyk. In a response to my response. …


“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster…” (Nietzsche)

The tagline to the subtitle quote is, of course, well known: “for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” This is too often the fate of the crusader, the campaigner, the activist.

It begins with the wish to escape oppression, to find freedom -something…


The British superhero -underpants inside the trousers!

“If Superman is so clever,” my schoolfriends and I used to ask, “why does he wear his underpants outside his trousers?” It’s a question that nobody could answer satisfactorily. …


Is either of them still fit for purpose?

Everything we are arises from our evolution, DNA and learned behaviours. We are purely material, as is the universe. There is nothing else.” So say the materialists. But they don’t know that!

The material universe is only the smallest part of reality. Our bodies and brains are merely vessels for…

Tony Atkinson

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Advocate-in-Ordinary to His Satanic Majesty.

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