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Putin World Cup Socialist

The World Cup is upon us. As a Socialist it brings up unpleasant displays of Nationalism I disagree with, along with the financial excesses of the rich elite. As a football fan though, I can’t help but be excited.

Whilst the Champions League probably deserves to boast of having the greatest teams (with players assembled through the market, rather than nationality), the World Cup is still the greatest trophy any professional footballer can hope to win.

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Jeremy Corbyn

It’s a good job that Jeremy Corbyn has many years experience of maintaining his allotment, as dealing with manure for his spuds will have set him up nicely for managing all the shit that has been thrown at him recently.

One the countries longest standing anti-racist activists is now an anti-semite.  This will be a surprise for many, not least of which for Jeremy Corbyn himself.  But I suppose these things can sneak up on you. Continue reading

Finally, the election is upon us.  I am desperate for a Labour win.  My feelings can be summed up by a phrase a friend used recently about the situation – “I can handle despair, it’s the hope that’s killing me!”

Seriously, my nerves are shot.  It was one thing when MayBot announced the election and the feeling was that, with the state of the opinion polls, a Tory victory appeared almost certain.  Now those numbers for the Tories have all but evaporated, and it’s too close to call.

I don’t think mainstream electoral politics has been this inspiring sine the mid 90s.  Yes, it might have been Blair, and we all know what followed.  But at the time of the 97 election the Tories were hated and falling apart.  Blair had a broad appeal to the middle ground, and particularly women voters.  At the same time people knew that change was actually possible. Continue reading

Chris Tavner Dorset stag

Last weekend I traveled down south with my fiance for our Dorset stag and hen do’s.

I was born and brought up in Poole, Dorset.  I moved up to the Manchester area to go to Salford University in 2001, and have lived up here ever since.

When you consider the beauty of the place, I often get asked why I haven’t moved back home.  It’s not quite the idyllic land of farmers and yacht owning millionaires everyone thinks it is. Continue reading

5 min journal

In my last blog I looked at techniques I use to increase my productivity through mindfulness, meditation, and journalling.  Here I will talk about a further journalling technique that helps me to take time to reflect – the 5 Minute Journal.

Spending time in your distant past is not helpful, but taking time to reflect on your immediate past can be.  It is about looking at the here and now, not about ruminating on a time long since gone. Continue reading

In the last few years I have been particularly conscious of improving my personal productivity.  That sounds very clinical, but as a self-employed writer and comedian, that means looking at my methods of working. How to make them better. Continue reading

Just after New Year I traveled for something that I have never done before, to see tributes laid outside the final resting place of a celebrity that had passed away.  I went to the home of George Michael.

It would feel unusual enough admitting to that if I was a massive fan of his.  But I wasn’t, so it definitely feels weird! Continue reading