Election 2014: a vote of no confidence

European Election 2014The hustings are over and the results are in! Across the European Union, millions of citizens have cast their votes in the widely-anticipated elections of 2014. There will be some new faces in the European parliament, new voices and a lot of uncomfortable truths to be considered. For this particular election has been characterised by the rise of radicals and Eurosceptics, of disillusionment and frustration with the Establishment. We have experienced what French prime minister Manuel Valls quite rightly termed a ‘political earthquake’.

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Chapter 6: eggs and bangers

NeighborhoodIn his dream, he was thirteen once more and back in his home town, back in a more innocent time. It was the Easter holiday, the sun was shining and the flowers were in bloom. He was cycling through the streets of quiet suburbia, away from the house in which he lived with his parents and little sister. Alongside him were his friends, Mickey and Tony, and his cousin, Ralph, each of them grinning from ear to ear. Continue reading

The Walking Dead by Telltale Games: a review

The Walking Dead GameHave you enjoyed watching AMC’s The Walking Dead? Are you dissatisfied with some of the questionable decisions made by the protagonists? Did you sit in your armchair saying, with an air of smug superiority, that you would have done better in that situation? I certainly did, although I was reclining on a couch, rather than sitting in an armchair. If you answered yes to the above, I strongly recommend that you set aside your piggy-bank money for The Walking Dead by Telltale Games, available on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and some other platforms not worth mentioning. You are in for a treat. Continue reading

He’s not the Messiah: the Mark Duggan case

The Dugganites hold a vigil for their martyr. Would you enjoy the same honour if you were shot dead by the police?

The Dugganites hold a vigil for their martyr. Would you enjoy the same honour if you were shot dead by the police?

On 4 August 2011, 29-year-old Mark Duggan was shot dead by police. His death triggered an angry protest by his friends and relatives which snowballed into a nationwide riot. Most of the rioters neither knew nor cared who Mark Duggan was but the ensuing chaos afforded them a golden opportunity to pilfer sportswear and Playstations. More on that here: Continue reading