Shakespeare Slam – The Merry Wives of Windsor

February 1, 2019

Part of my effort to see every Shakespeare play. Merry Wives of Windsor was the first Shakespeare I’ve ever encountered that made no pretence to be literature, and is not treated as such by teachers and people who would make me study what are living, breathing texts. Allegedly it was written at the behest of Elizabeth I, who loved the character of Falstaff […]

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Shakespeare Slam – King Lear

November 28, 2018

Part of my effort to see every Shakespeare play. Well, that was…intense. Ian McKellen was asked by the Chicester Festival Theatre, where he started his professional career many decades ago, if he would star in a play of his choosing, and he felt that he would like to “have a another crack at King Lear”. […]

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Shakespeare Slam – Troilus and Cressida

November 16, 2018

Part of my effort to see every Shakespeare play. We kick off our quest with a RSC live broadcast of Troilus and Cressida at Vue Wood Green. Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakepeare’s rarest performed plays, probably because it is rubbish. The plot is confusing, all moments of high drama are ultimately fudged, and […]

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Your Trump/Russia briefing update (April 2018)

April 30, 2018

Originally posted to Facebook in April 2018. 1. Yesterday morning, Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen was raided by the FBI on orders from the South New York U.S. attorney’s office and made off with all kinds of documentation including attorney-client privileged communications. In retaliation, Donald Trump has threatened to fire the Special Counsel Robert […]

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Your Trump/Russia Briefing

January 9, 2018

Originally posted to Facebook in January 2018. So the Russia investigation story is now overspilling in so many headlines going in different directions that even I, who reads the news for a couple of hours every day, can now no longer keep up with it all. But if you would like a basic primer on […]

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Peter Reynolds Falls Beneath the Wheels of Justice

October 18, 2017

As some of you may remember, I was sued for libel by Peter Reynolds, President (“irrevocable until death”) of CLEAR-Cannabis Law Reform, for posting a variety of things that he didn’t like on my blog, the long story of which you can read here. I defended myself as a litigant-in-person and me and Peter Reynolds […]

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Antisemitism on the Left and the Whitewashed Documentary

June 30, 2017

The Whitewashed documentary on the Chakrabarti Report and antisemitism in the Labour Party was released yesterday. It interviews various people who submitted written testimony to the Chakrabarti inquiry and feel like they were completely ignored. I did not look up the backgrounds of the people who contributed to this documentary, deliberately, because it does not […]

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On the Conservative Party-DUP agreement

June 28, 2017

Originally posted to Facebook. re the Tory-DUP agreement: I’m just going to be really honest and say I have absolutely no idea what the politics of our country is going to look like for the next six months. The Government has literally sold out the nations and thrown a billion pounds at Northern Ireland in […]

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On Croatia, Eurovision, and homophobia.

May 16, 2017

Originally published to Facebook.   I posted several times last night about Croatia’s Eurovision entry (which was ROBBED), and on each post someone different (LGBT and not) made sure to post that in 2005 Jacques Houdek gave an interview in which he made some unpleasant comments about gay people and same sex marriage and was […]

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Highlights: The Constitution Revisited: Originalism v. Textualism v. Whatever by Mike Pelletier

February 11, 2017

This highlights page does not contain any information to allow you to cite this book without reading it yourself. If you want to cite it, you have to buy it:     “It may come as a surprise to the reader that the accepted role of federal courts in passing on the constitutionality of federal […]

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