Tagged with society

Cancer Overtakes Marriage in UK

Here’s some scary statistics from yesterday’s i paper: Developing cancer is now more common than getting married or having a first baby… Analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support shows there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK compared with 289,841 marriages. Getting cancer is also as common as graduating from university, and more common … Continue reading

Religion, Charity and Britain

This is from the i of 28 December by Nick Spencer. It’s a great article as it fits with anecdotal stuff I’ve heard, of homeless people being able to stay a few nights in a church, of various events being held for the poor who are not necessarily Christians. But also, beyond this article, sometimes … Continue reading

GM Crop Failure

A controversial field test of GM wheat has failed to repel the aphids as intended. It was hoped that the modified wheat would repel greenfly and blackfly without pesticides, but failed. The government funded field trial at Rothampstead Research cost nearly £3m of which more than £2 was on security to protect from vandalism by … Continue reading

Girl Power?

I’ve lost my notes from the episode of Stuart Maconi’s Peoples’ Songs that dealt with Girl Power, so I’ll have to do some random recollections. It sort of centred on The Spice Girls, who exploded onto the music scene back in 1994, having replied to and add for singers and dancers. There is a huge … Continue reading

Not So Violent Ancestors

Here’s a bit of research that most people could have figured out for themselves a long time ago: Our ancestors were not the war mongering grunting oafs that the cartoons have been presenting as. A new study of hunter gatherers has found that war is alien to them, not an innate part of their behaviour. … Continue reading

He Must Be Gay, He’s a Hairdresser

I wish I was making this up, but sadly not. Australian jounalism hit a new low last week during a radio interview with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Perth’s 6PR radio, when she was asked if her long term partner Tim Mathieson was gay. She replied that was absurd, but then came the above reposte. … Continue reading

Mad Women

With so much doom and gloom about the lack of progress of women, there is one field that they seem to be steadily taking over: advertising. The field of advertising is not one I generally take an interest in, but we are all affected by it, and who runs it has a big impact on … Continue reading

The Sound of Suffragettes Spinning

Yesterday was the centenary of the death of Emily wilding Davison, who threw herself under the feet of the king’s horse to draw attention to the campaign for women’s rights. There has been a lot of stuff in the media about her, but though tragic, she was rather a marginal, solitary figure in the movement. … Continue reading

They Does Things Diff’rent In Somerset

It seems one of the driving forces in the present welfare debate is the old 18th century notion of the deserving poor, that the days of handouts for free are gone, but there is a housing association in the county of Somerset that seems to have gone a bit far and seems to be about … Continue reading

Kids Trying the Patience of Saints

This is for anyone who thinks kids of today are out of control. They are nothing to the kids of the 19th century. Not sure why there were so many homeless kids in the mid century – possibly many were orphans in the wake of the cholera outbreaks which had raged from 1832, combined with … Continue reading