capitalism is a shitty way to run a healthcare system Kameron Hurley – Let’s Talk About The Future (18th July 20017)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

County gentleman who read in their newspapers the speeches of this or that Minister would mutter to themselves that he was certainly a clever fellow. But the county gentlemen were not made comfortable by this thought. The country gentlemen had a strong suspicion that cleverness was somehow unBritish. That sort of restless, unpredictable brilliance belonged […]

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Mr Norrell (who knew there were such things as jokes in the world or people would not write about them in books, but who had never actually been introduced to a joke or shaken its hand) Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, pg 41

The serpent and the goddess

Women, therefore, had no input into a theology that gave so much importance to the male seed, and that led to a situation where masturbation or oral sex, performed between two consenting couples, was more serious than rape; rape at least preserved” the natural relationship between the sexes, whereas other activities “wasted” the seed altogether. […]

River of Teeth

River of Teeth book 1 In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a […]

Hampstead

There is really very little to say about this film. It was entertaining enough while watching it, but it wasn’t a gripping or wildly entertaining film. Perfectly suitable for a dreary wet afternoon’s entertainment. It made me laugh in a couple of places, and I always like Brendan Gleeson in any role ((apart from Calvary, […]

The serpent and the goddess

Fergus’s fertility was so renowned that his name itself has been translated as “male ejaculation son of super stallion”. His virility was such that seven fists fit in his penis and his scrotum was the size of a bushel bag. Condren, Mary. (1989) The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland […]

The Serpent and the goddess

the word man … can encompass women, although the converse is not true and the word woman can never stand for the general but only for the particular. Condren, Mary. (1989) The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland by Mary Condren

The Serpent and the Goddess

History is not the objective science it was once thought to be but a particular form of power and knowledge, involving the manipulation of academic and political resources and serving to ensure the dominance of certain groups. Condren, Mary. (1989) The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland

Ammonite

Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep–and its forces find themselves […]