St Barlaam’s Day: Crime was never meant to be this funny by R.B. Taylor

Taylor skilfully applies the forms of political satire to the tale of a band from an East London estate, creating a tale that is likely to appeal to fans of Tom Sharpe, Antony Jay, and Jonathan Lynn. With representatives of three major labels having agreed to attend their next gig, St Barlaam’s Day think things … Continue reading St Barlaam’s Day: Crime was never meant to be this funny by R.B. Taylor

On Topist

While I have previously declared no interest in it, I am today announcing my candidacy for President. During a conversation over breakfast, my wife announced that she endorses me for President. This came as somewhat of a surprise as I was not aware I was running for President. However, that confusion is easy enough to … Continue reading On Topist

Green Joy

The Green Party Conference was last weekend, marked—among other things—by the first speech of Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsey as new Co-leaders of the Party. As the last forever years show, pretty speeches don't necessarily result in progress, but I found this one inspiring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzuf9Ikv6eg I love the clear enthusiasm to learn the lessons of … Continue reading Green Joy

Deep Green

The Green Party are joint largest party in Bristol City Council. Sandy Hore-Ruthven, the Green Party candidate, was in clear second place for Mayor. Joy? Deep Joy! Hearing the Greens had more seats was good, but seeing it on the map really drove it home: I'm a firm believer that politics works better when people … Continue reading Deep Green

Una Nation, Una Way

Today's political debate is extremist and anti-expert, replacing any inclination toward trusting knowledgeable individuals to create nuanced solutions with the requirements that everyone has to have an opinion on everything and everyone's opinion is equally valid. I suspect my thoughts are already relatively well known to readers; however, Una's aren't. So I asked her for … Continue reading Una Nation, Una Way

Green Shoots of Knowledge

With only a few days to go until the General Election, representatives of some parties are doubling down on the message that they are speaking for the nation. They might genuinely believe they are, but Parliament, the organisation they seek to be part of, isn't one person speaking for everyone, it's many representatives discussing perspectives … Continue reading Green Shoots of Knowledge

Why Would You Care What I Say?

The continued existence of lawyers, speech-writers, poets, and sundry other professions confirms that how you say something can be as powerful as what you say. However, this talk provides evidence and a way to apply the technique without spending years in study and practice; and does so in an (appropriately enough) accessible and engaging fashion. … Continue reading Why Would You Care What I Say?

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

The original trolley problem provides mental exercise enough, but that doesn't mean there aren't some enjoyable twists on the form: A runaway trolley is about to kill philosophy professors who invent trolley problems. Will you divert it? - Peter Krantz (@peterkz_swe) August 14, 2016 And, for those of you who don't think trolley problems are … Continue reading Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’