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Time to run for the hills
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Economic malaise – check
Weak government with internal divisions – check
Ineffective opposition – check
Ineffective democratic institutions – check
Callous populist leader figure – check
Relentless propaganda – check
Scapegoating – check
Dehumanising rhetoric – check
Paramilitary gangs of thugs – check
Widespread sense of grievance about having lost national identity and/or assets – check
Sense of exceptionalism and supremacy – check
Increased attacks on minority groups – check
Massive investment in military – check
Disregard of academics – check
We-stand-alone-and-proud attitude – check
REFERENDUM BRINGS EXIT FROM INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PEACE – check

Germany 1933. Anything looking familiar? Be very afraid.

Everything Luke can do, Rey can do better, Rey can do everything better than Han
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One more thing I have to get off my chest.

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When you've been promised a feast, toasted cheese just won't do - Review of the New Star Wars movie
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How something gets judged depends to a large extent on what is sets out to achieve. Which is why for a new Star Wars movie that promises to rejuvenate the franchise, the bar is pretty high.
*SPOILERS*

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To all friends of Linda Hoyland
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She's phoned me to let me know that her internet is down and asked me to let you all know so you won't have to worry if you don't hear from her for a while. She's fine otherwise.

The Only Ever Robin
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...and my first ever TV review, of the all-sorts-of-wonderful Robin of Sherwood, still amazing after three decades.
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An Open Letter to the Labour Party
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Thanks a lot, Labour Party. Thanks to you we will be governed for another five years by the party that has pushed people into poverty in their droves, that has seen suicide rates soar among the sick and disabled, and food banks spread like a fungus. Thanks to you the party that has brought the UK’s economic recovery to a standstill whilst doubling the national debt can go on wrecking what is left of our assets and destroy the environment as collateral damage. Thanks to you, Ian Duncan Smith will be allowed to continue his assault on the most vulnerable and Theresa May can go on slashing our civil rights in the name of fighting terrorism. Thanks to you the rich will get even richer while everyone else will get poorer and the NHS in England may as well pack up and go home. It is your fault, Labour Party, that the Tories now have a clear majority, unchecked even by what little moderation the Lib Dems might have been able to impose. The Tory reign has been so abysmal, you ought to have won this election by a landslide. You failed.
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Some thoughts and a lot of facts concerning the State of the Nation
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For the benefit, mainly, of those outside the UK who may be bewildered about what’s going on. Or for those among my local acquaintance who don’t know my stance yet and were perhaps wondering. I have tried hard to avoid hyperbole and sarcasm, so the text is less entertaining than it could be, but more accurate. Links to all sources at the end.

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An early farewell to TOME
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After due consideration, I have decided to explain publicly why I will not participate in the TOME awards and why I will encourage others to boycott them as well.

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Lego Wonderland
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It's a rainy summer. The children and I decided to build all our Lego stuff. After three days, we gave up - there are still some vehicles we didn't bother with, and sadly we've lost the instruction booklet for the campervan. Still, it's a respectable collection, largely courtesy of Onkel Axel. :)

Picture 388
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Look! Look!
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I've had a poem accepted for the first time. It's "only" an online magazine, but hey, it's a start!

http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~simmers/