Tag Archives: Politics

Noticed

‘A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.’ William James  

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Fighting talk

There are words whose unexpected appearance in the public domain causes a combination of fascination and dictionary grabbing. And then there is another category of words whose appearance is so utterly surprising that you just have to sit back and admire the sheer etymological bravado of it all. Such a word popped up in headlines the world over this past Friday. The American government’s choice of ‘bellicose’ to describe the rhetoric of North Korea.

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Leaders and Speechwriters

‘You start by writing down the headline you want to see in the paper after you’ve delivered the speech. Then you write the two press releases for the articles you want to appear as follow-up stories to the speech. Then you sit down to write the speech.’ Paddy Ashdown

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A thunder of assent

Throughout Churchill: The Power of Words, you are reminded of the importance of the physicality of writing, and the way in which the scaffolding of language is built, piece by piece, with effort and craft, to arrive at something which inspires, moves and motivates

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Southbank Centre celebrates the Festival of Britain

The English language is a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up wonder and the great leveller we all have in common.

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The Mindless Menace of Violence

What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created?

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Journey: day two

This final stage of the JOURNEY experience explores the faceless rhetoric governments and border agencies use to slag-off and dehumanise trafficked women. Many of the bureaucratic cultures that judge trafficked women are steeped in prejudice and prefer to think that women are playing at being prostitutes to get asylum.

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Journey: day one

We are told that awareness of trafficking is good in Holland, but many people don’t know that it is happening on their doorstep. We find this all over the world and JOURNEY becomes the missing link between the perception and the reality.

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Unfinished conclusions

What is this obsession with finishing things? Does life really become more manageable with beginnings, middles and ends, or is ‘finished’ just a comfort zone? The point at which any act concludes is purely subjective. We are in a perpetual state of unfinished everything.

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Writing wrongs

Denouncing gobbledygook generates headlines and can be claimed as an ‘initiative’, but it requires more than words to solve a problem with words.

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