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Next Up, Capitalism Is Killing Us

Lead stories on the radio this morning:  How a third of fathers want a less stressful job so they can actually spend time with their kids.  Eight people in the world have more wealth than the poorest 50% The UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence rejects a life-extending cancer drug for use on NHS because

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A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

Currently reading this by Booker winner Julian Barnes, a collection of disperate tales that opens with the myth of Noah retold by a woodworm. Yup 🙂 It’s profound, and funny, and if you need a read for Christmas I’d recommend it highly. –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Mutiny | Withdrawal of Labour in the Age of Zero Hours

I’m no firebrand when it comes to trades union activity (though I am a lead rep in the education union I am a part of) but when a Tory government starts rattling sabres and threatening even more draconian legislation to outlaw strikes, it has me worried. Last night I finally got round to watching The

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Getting High…in 1753 | The Gin Craze

‘In all history there’s never been a culture in the world that didn’t have some drug of some kind to lift people out of themselves.’ Poverty, war, terrifying religion and women experiencing liberation… Could so equally have written Getting High about the Gin craze era of the mid 1700s 🙂 In Our Time, brilliant, as

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Can We Talk About Radical Theology and Alcohol?

In the past few posts about the bigger political, technological and cultural shifts that might be going on behind the ‘fake news’ scandal, I’ve proposed how Radical Theology might have in helping people to critique political and religious illusions. However, I’ve also mooted that Radical Theology could itself become a means by which the hard

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Creating Freedom, by Raoul Martinez

This looks like a very worthwhile read. Comes highly recommended, and if you’re interested in understanding and acting in these strange times, sounds like one for the Christmas list. From the review in The Guardian:  Creating Freedom is, in part, a mashup of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia, Thomas

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Don’t Tread Softly (Though You Tread on My Dreams)

It’s always a strange time in the run up to a book being published. Mostly, there’s a sense of excitement. But there’s also a degree of nervousness. Will people ‘get it’? Will people think it’s any good? I was thinking about this the other day, and was reminded of Yeats’ poem The Cloths of Heaven:

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Keep On Nailing It: The Constant Work of Putting Gods to Death

With just a few weeks to go until Getting High is out – see post below – I thought I’d post a short excerpt from the closing chapter. For some context: what I’ve done in the preceding pages is to explore how our various attempts at flight are connected with religious moves to attain access

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Getting High

OK, finally, after two years of writing, GETTING HIGH will be published mid-April 2016! It’s a book that’s been a long time in gestation. I actually finished a full draft a year ago. I’d also written and presented a 30 minute meditation on flight for BBC Radio 4, and in the course of that a

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