Sluts, Opportunists and Martin Amis – The Pregnant Widow

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

A lot of people are cynical about the sexual revolution. Most acknowledge that the new set of sex and dating rules has produced ‘confusion’. Some go so far as to label it ‘anarchy’ that will ‘destroy society’. We are told that women can have sex like men if they want to – that consenting adults […]

Band of Skulls TMO Interview

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

There’s a telling moment, during Band of Skulls soundcheck – on a bitterly cold January night, in a small venue in Bologna, Italy. The three piece from Southhampton, England have been going through song parts individually and together for the best part of an hour, but something doesn’t seem quite right, at least to them […]

Poland’s Recipe for Wealth: Work till you Drop

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

“That pension systems are unable to finance the retirement of ever increasing numbers of longer-lived pensioners nobody in aging Europe doubts,” writes Joanna Solska in Poland’s biggest selling, influential current affairs magazine Polityka1. Meanwhile Prime Minister Tusk insists that, “the aim of the pensions bill is to bring pleasure.” The proposed bill raises the retirement […]

5 Things You Can Do To Honour International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

International Women’s Day is at once a problematic and worthy idea; Shoe-horning half the world’s population into a day on the UN’s calendar, along with other hard-pressed categories like migratory birds (14-15 May) and world intellectual property (26th of April) should make you more than a little uneasy, as should the fact that more than […]

Irish Sopa statute signed

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Yesterday, despite a popular outcry and serious objections raised, Ireland’s Minister of State for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock signed into law the European Union (Copyright and Related Rights) Regulations 2012, a statutory instrument which has been described as Ireland’s version of SOPA. The background to the statute is outlined here and here. When news […]

Digital censorship – Italian judges close down disaster information site

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Imagine the closing of an entire newspaper/magazine/portal online because judges deem one simple phrase published, on one of its pages,  to be defamatory.  No need to imagine it, as it’s already happened this month – not in China, as one might think, but in the heart of the EU; Italian judges, deeming one phrase published […]

Hurling the little streets on the great – Gorbaciof

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

While everyone’s getting caught up in the buzz about The Artist, I have a shameful confession to make:  silent movies have always bored the bunions off of me – as a child I gnashed my teeth in despair when Charlie Chaplin or, god forbid, Harold Lloyd came on the television. That’s not to write off […]

Women Under Siege – the use of rape as a weapon of war

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The International Criminal Court made legal history in February 2002, when it ruled in what has become known as the’rape camp‘ case that the systematic rape of women in the town of Foca constituted a crime against humanity. In Slavenka Drakulić’s book They Would Never Hurt a Fly – War Criminals on Trial in the […]

Images, piety and women in late medieval devotion: The Hunt Crucifixion with Saint Clare.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

First published in the journal of the University of Limerick History Society, History Studies, vol.6 (2005), pp.2-17. The small fourteenth-century Florentine panel in the Hunt Museum, Limerick, shows an image of the Crucifixion. Beside the cross the Virgin falls in a swoon, supported by one of the holy women and St John the Evangelist. At […]

This shameful sacrifice of Greece to the gods of the market

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The behaviour of the EU states towards Greece is inexplicable in the terms in which the EU defines itself. It is, first and foremost, a failure of solidarity. The ‘austerity package’, as the newspapers like to call it, seeks to impose on Greece terms that no people can accept. Even now the schools are running […]

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