Articles

“The first time I met another gay person I broke out in a cold sweat.”

October 10, 2011

This article was originally written for a private zine about coming out experiences, and has now been published on LiberateYourself.co.uk. You know, I was writing my CV today and as I was looking it over, I realised it was quite, um, gay. “Coordinator, LGBT WikiProject”, “Delegate, NUS LGBT Conference”, “Bi rep, UMSU LGBT”. I spent […]

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Hacking Your Life: The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss reviewed

August 30, 2011

You know those books that you pick up by chance one day that goes on to change the way you look at life? The Four Hour Work Week (4HWW) by Timothy Ferris was one of those books for me. It was published a few years ago and through judicious application of his own principles, it […]

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Chavs: A Review of The Demonisation of the Working Class

July 25, 2011

I do not subscribe to a “class conscious” philosophy that suggests that I shouldn’t condemn the animal cruelty involved in producing cheap meat in supermarkets because otherwise poor working class families wouldn’t be able to afford it, or that the environmental movement shouldn’t try to end cheap flights because otherwise working class families might not […]

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The One Man Sex Revolution: A Review of “Kinsey: A Biography”

July 11, 2011

I wonder if you can imagine a world in which you had literally no idea what sex was, and had no way of finding out. A world where you thought that you could impregnate yourself by touching your genitals, a world where semen was finite and you would die if you ran out of it. […]

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Who are Re:Vision Drug Policy Manchester?

April 5, 2011

Originally published in Student Direct. Re:Vision Drug Policy Manchester is a student society that is now in its third year – we were previously known as Manchester Students for Sensible Drug Policy, but are now affiliated to the Re:Vision Drug Policy Network. We campaign for effective drug policy based in human rights and scientific evidence, […]

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A failed Messiah? A Review of The Life and Afterlife of Rebbe Mendel Menachem Schneerson

March 28, 2011

The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Mendel Menachem Schneerson by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman is the first non-hagiographic biography of the final leader of the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch sect. Over the course of forty years of leadership, he turned the tiny Russian sect into a global order whose trademark services, such as Chabad […]

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A New Phase for the Student Movement is Starting

March 14, 2011

Newly published from myself on Manchester Mule: The student movement against fees and cuts has been a pretty big fail by our stated goals so far. Tuition fees have tripled, our teaching budgets are still being cut by 80 percent, and I don’t think anyone outside the student bubble even noticed the day the Commons […]

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20 Funny Street Names

January 25, 2011

Formerly 20 signs, now reduced to 12 on account of my failure to upload the images instead of hit-linking them. I was young.       ACDC Lane is a street in Melbourne, Victoria. The street was formerly called Corporation Lane, but was renamed on 1 October 2004 as a tribute to Australian rock band […]

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Mephedrone 101 – Common Questions and Answers

November 17, 2010

I get a reasonable amount of search engine traffic to my blog, and one of the most popular cluster of search terms that people search for is on mephedrone (the others being: cool charities, homosexuality and Bah’ai, homosexuality and Sikhism, Christopher Hitchens, and an endless variety of angsty questions about police raids.) None of the […]

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“The Chemists are Winning”: The Rise of Mephedrone and Legal Highs

October 4, 2010

Originally written for Student Direct. In April 2010, after a media storm, the British government passed legislation to classify mephedrone as a Class B drug. Mephedrone is a stimulant somewhat similar in effects to MDMA and cocaine, and is chemically based on cathinones found in the African stimulant Khat, but which was sufficiently chemically different […]

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