Category Archives: Opinion

I Hope the EU Fixes Itself


Don’t rejoice in Brexit failings. We remoaners must shape the future (says Zoe Williams in the Guardian) Zoe Williams Juncker is the compromise candidate propelled to to prominence. There is plenty unremarkable about him as well as some murky areas that … Continue reading

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Man Cannot Survive on Mobile Alone.


For Xmas my eldest bought me a smart mobile. I’d been struggling along on my ailing Nokia. It held battery charge great but internet connectivity was a chore. I didn’t bother. Other things being equal I was quite open to the … Continue reading

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World leaders congratulate Macron on victory as EU breathes sigh of relief


M Macron What is Macron’s remit: France or the EU? He’s President of France, has a lot to say about the EU, and as an elitist product of the French system, he’ll be imagining all he can do with his … Continue reading

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British Fantasy Society: 2nd 2017 York Pubmeet


The New York Club WMC, 11th March 2017 To kick things off

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Net migration to UK falls by 49,000 after Brexit vote


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Unpayable debts and an existential EU financial crisis – Is the break-up of the euro now inevitable?


Unpayable debts and an existential EU financial crisis – Is the break-up of the euro now inevitable? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/23/rising-euro-break-up-risk-stokes-new-fears-central-bank-solvency/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_androidshare_AnZzPVKjy5pM The Break-Up issues are real. Not Holly convinced by the impact on city of London activity. To put it another way, when … Continue reading

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Francois Fillon and British wife Penelope expected to face legal proceedings this week over payments, reports say


OFrancois Fillon and British wife Penelope expected to face legal proceedings this week over payments, reports say http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/12/francois-fillon-british-wife-penelope-expected-face-legal-proceedings/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_androidshare_AnXJhqtzKTTL Such practices were legal and widespread. Let’s just stick to widespread

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Unanswered questions behind the failed witch hunt of Iraq veterans


Unanswered questions behind the failed witch hunt of Iraq veterans http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/11/unanswered-questions-behind-failed-witch-hunt-iraq-veterans/?WT.mc_id=tmgliveapp_androidshare_AnW50HlplQh5 A shambles.

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Writing Groups near Burnley


Attending writing groups means many story starts. Over the past two years I’ve been to various groups: Hasiwriters (based in Haslingden Library) Irwell Writers (meet in the Mosses, Bury) Holmfirth Writers (meet in Holmfirth Library) Slaithwaite Writers (meet in Slaithwaite … Continue reading

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Burnley Literary Festival – day four Open-mic


How odd are the acoustics in my new home – the hoover seems to be in a different place according to where I sit in the bay window. I’m still ruminating on last night’s Open-mic session. I was late to … Continue reading

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