‘Something to tease, something to please, something to test, something …..'

There is some earthy language in that video so if that causes you palpitations then … what are you doing here?

We can all understand his exasperation but with a little bit of effort it’s really not that difficult to get a handle on economics. You can make a good start by never wasting your time with any mainstream television news output; that’ll help you enormously. Just stop consuming it.



H/T; Carol Kocian


Wanksy. Yes, you read that right.


Fantastic use of art as a weapon for social change; much more direct than normally possible. Bravo to whoever is doing this necessary work of getting the council to do what we need them to do.


“There is no law of progress, and everything will depend on ourselves.”
Karl Popper, ‘The Open Society and Its Enemies’ (Chapter 20)

The fact that the concept of human civilisation inevitably pursuing an upward if erratic course is being questioned should tell us all that those in charge of steering us are doing an awful job.

From our very own Welsh correspondent.

Richard Emmanuel Jones


Last night I spied a wandering ant
a-pondering on Immanuel Kant.
It sat beside a thoughtful flea
And talked epistemology.
Or did I squash them with a broom?
– The flea he was a fan of Hume –
A spider abseiled silken-line
Then chipped in with some Wittgenstein.
The mantis was a sulky creature
who spoilt the mood with quotes from Nietzsche.
But still! – what fun it is to see
Arthropod philosophy.

From our very own Welsh correspondent.

Richard Emmanuel Jones

Poem for the Muse

The flint is struck, the fuse is lit
They cannot know the why of it.
Nor how by Blake’s immortal hands
Twas set, no reason understands.
The fiery God can shine no light
As deep as love nor e’er so bright.
As shadows fall by reason’s dial
In darkness we are drunk awhile.
Now words drop careless golden sands
Of dreams escaping sieve-like hands
But none til death can ever rest
Save honouring life’s noblest quest.


Rembrandt van Rijn: A Man seated reading at a Table in a Lofty Room, c. 1628-1630. Oil on oak panel, 55.1 x 46.5 cm. The National Gallery, London, UK. Image: National Gallery, London.


Joaquin Sorolla (Valencian Spanish, Impressionism, 1863-1923): Paseo a la orillas del mar (Walk to the Sea), 1909. Oil on canvas, 205 × 200 cm (80.7 × 78.7 inches). Sorolla Museum, Madrid, Spain.

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Comments (2)

    • AllanW


      It’s breathtaking, isn’t it?

      Do you complete a tax return or spend ten years negotiating a 90% reduction with your friends without the deal being tested in court? It’s difficult to choose isn’t it?

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