Gail Parminter on Gender & Advertising

17 May, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gail Parminter gave a talk at TEDx Bradford on Avon in 2012 about gender and advertising. I was present for this event but re-visited this talk recently after finding this article about a patronising advert selling bourbon. They patronise both women and the majority of men as dumb sissies. I drink bourbon… I also build my own [...]

Boris bikes for BoA? Donelan is cycling up the wrong track

17 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

On May 13th Mayor of London, Boris Johnson visited the local area and spent some time chatting to Michelle Donelan (who is standing to be the next Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency which covers Chippenham, Corsham, Bradford on Avon, Melksham and the surrounding villages) who, on her blog, states how she asked Johnson for his [...]

‘What I wish I’d known when I was 18′

14 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

Stephen Fry on ‘What I Wish I’d Known When I Was 18′ I would say the worst thing you can ever do in life is set yourself goals. I think goal orientation is absolutely disastrous in life. Two things happen, one is you don’t meet your goals so you call yourself a failure, secondly you meet your goals and you go “Well [...]

I believe in the Loch Ness Monster

10 May, 2014 // 1 Comment

‘The water in there is like looking through a glass of coca cola” Steve Feltham told us, rolling the clay between his hands as he created another of his much loved Nessie models to sell to tourists. I was sitting in the cosy van he calls home that is parked on Dores Beach, overlooking Loch Ness from where Steve maintains his [...]

Sunday Assembly is not enough

7 May, 2014 // 11 Comments

‘The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles and mean contentment, has kept humanity in helpless [...]

Review: Ghost Hunting – A Survivors Guide

4 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

In ‘Ghost Hunting – A Survivors Guide’ author John Fraser demonstrates his knowledge of ghost hunting history, presenting a great overview of the past 2000 years of ghost hunting and how it has shaped into the modern landscape of multi-disciplinary paranormal research. He asks early on ‘Does the inclusion of more people [...]

In defence of YOLO

4 May, 2014 // 2 Comments

I’m 16. I’m standing outside of my school and in my hand is a piece of paper telling me my GCSE grades. A mix of C’s and B’s. Average. My then-friend has achieves E’s and D’s. She is crying. Her life is ruined. Fuck, I’m not ready for this shit I think. ‘It will be okay’ I say, trying to [...]
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