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Job Guarantee, you say?

You get some amazing stuff through your door living in Lewisham – mostly adverts for quack healers and hellfire priests, though, and as I’m not currently posessed by Satan (well, I think not) they’re of little use. Today’s delivery brought something far better – a Job Guarantee*: The website – URL removed above – claims […]

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Beyond Westminster

If you have half an hour to spare, I’d recommend listening to this morning’s edition of Beyond Westminster – here’s an iPlayer Link – which was on (the not at all contentious topic of) religion and politics. The main body of the programme is fairly interesting – who knew that the press are excluded from […]

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Between the blue of sea and sky

From the “rather old but worth reading” file comes this New Yorker piece on the Golden Gate Bridge and the people who jump from it. It’s a macabre subject, but one that’s treated respectfully, documenting the sad stories of those who leap – like the fourteen year-old who took a taxi from school directly to […]

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Hither Green kids are smart

Overheard on the way to work this morning: Small boy: When I grow up, I want to be a nurse. Mother: You could be a doctor! Small boy, determinedly: I want to be a nurse. Mother, encouragingly: If you become a doctor, you’ll have more authority. (pause for consideration) Small boy: I want to be […]

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Silver Lining

I was a bit annoyed by the news that Heinz had chosen to pull a television advert following 200 particularly stupid complaints to the ASA. Apparently the complainants wrote (presumably in pencil, in a mixture of capital and lower-case letters, on the back of an old copy of the News of the World) that it […]

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