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On 11th June I turned 34. It’s fair to say that more has been packed into the month since then than in the entirety of my 33rd year.

England played their first match at the European Championships against Russia on my birthday. If anything, we should be thankful for the England football team, because so far they are the only thing that has maintained consistency, i.e. disappointment. For the money those lads get paid, that’s the least we can ask for. Continue reading

Left Leave campaign
The debate around membership of the European Union (EU) is hotting up now in anticipation of the referendum on 23rd June.

As it stands, the arguments for a “Leave” vote has been dominated by the racist right, including UKIP and some of the worst examples of the Tory party. Continue reading

Football is simply a pastime, a sport. Yet, to many who follow a football team it is a passion that is central not only to their life, but also defines them.

The tribal loyalty it invokes has in the past given witness to scenes of horrific hooligan violence, but now has developed into something else – a hybrid of those old days of masculine working class defiance, and the open ways of thinking that have come since.

In 70s and 80s, to follow football was a gritty affair. Continue reading

Ken Livingstone press scrum
There is a fight going on within the Labour party that is dragging in the whole left, and being stoked and watched closely by the media. That is the argument that anti-Semitism is a serious problem within the party.

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended following comments made in interviews where he was discussing a Labour MP, Naz Shah, who herself had been suspended. Continue reading

Laputa Castle in the Sky
As a teenager I had a love of Anime and Manga (Japanese Animation and comics).

As I got older the time I had for this dwindled, but on a recent trip home I had the chance to reflect back on when my interest started.

Having recently bought my first house (I was waiting for someone to take it off me, realising I shouldn’t be trusted with it, but so far, nothing), me and Sally have been going through our things. Continue reading

David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
In my last blog I wrote about the reaction to David Bowie’s death. Or, rather, my reaction to the reaction of David Bowie’s death.

Having never listened to a full album by the man, I had used social media to ask for suggestions for three albums to listen to, as an introduction to his work. I decided on ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and his last album, ‘Black Star’. Continue reading

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When David Bowie died, the news was met with two broad reactions. Either an outpouring of sorrow at his passing, or with bemusement at that reaction. In a sense, I fall in to the latter category.

I understood well enough the influence David Bowie had on music and culture in general, and appreciate his importance. But at the same time, Continue reading