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On Sexual and Political Etiquette

By Anastasia , published on Aug 26, 2012

But I don’t want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.

'Oh, you can’t help that,' said the Cat. 'We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.' 'How do you know I’m mad?' said Alice. 'You must be,” said the Cat. 'or you wouldn’t have come here.'

We all went a bit mad here last week. Suffering from post-Olympics depression, we had to have a new show, and we did. It’s called Julian of Leaks, or Don’t Cry for Me Ecuador. It features in a starring role Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, a man who makes Narcissus look like a rather retiring and positively self-effacing sort... (more)

Tags: justice, sex crimes, sweden, wikileaks, julian assange, ecuador

Please, let’s keep the Elephant out of the Graveyard

By Anastasia , published on Aug 23, 2012

It must be obvious to those who read my articles that politically I lean to the right. I’m a libertarian and a conservative. In British elections I vote for the Conservative Party, I have since I was eighteen, most recently in the London mayoral contest for Boris Johnson, a personal hero of mine.

So, if I were an American I would be a Republican, consistent with my conservative principles and my deeply held belief in personal freedom. I could no more vote for the Democrats than I could for the British Labour Party. I consider Barack Obama to be a socialist, a philosophy that I despise,... (more)

Tags: republican party, american politics, presidential election, todd akin

United in Death

By Anastasia , published on Aug 21, 2012

Saddleworth Moor is part of the South Pennines, an area of moorland and hill country in the north of England. It’s a bleak, windswept and desolate place, with not really that much to commend it in the way of natural beauty.

The Moor also has a sinister reputation. For most people it is associated with one thing and one thing only: it’s the place where Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the most notorious serial killers in British history, buried their child victims.

The names and their fates are engraved in popular consciousness. Pauline Reade, aged sixteen, disappeared on her way... (more)

Tags: crime, serial killers, moors murders, winnie johnson

Russia, a Slave for a Thousand Years

By Anastasia , published on Aug 19, 2012

There is something rotten in the state of Russia. It gets more rotten by the day. There is something rotten in the state of Russia and its name is Vladimir Putin. Putrid Putin, I was tempted to write, and I just have! A former KGB operative, he is now the shady president of a country descending into the worst forms of political gangsterism. Actually, it's just descending into gangsterism, period.

So, what brought this on? It was my first angry reaction when I read on Friday about the vindictive jail sentences passed against three members of Pussy Riot, a female punk band that mounted... (more)

Tags: russia, law, persecution, vladimir putin, pussy riot, political oppression, dissent

Romney’s Gaffs

By Anastasia , published on Aug 16, 2012

Mark Mardell, for you Americans and Canadians, is the North American editor of the BBC. You may never have heard of him, in which case you are fortunate; I rather wish I’d never heard of him either. If you are under the impression that the BBC is the beacon of journalistic integrity, a threadbare myth, I assure you, Mardell’s reports should be enough to disabuse you. But, of course, you live in North America; you don’t have to listen to him. We don’t and we do.

Mardell and the BBC are on a retainer for Barack Obama. Oh, I have no evidence here; it’s just that the quality of reporting... (more)

Tags: american politics, bbc, mitt romney, news reporting, journalistic bias

They f**k you up, your mum and dad

By Anastasia , published on Aug 14, 2012

Last year I read some of the letters of the poet Philip Larkin to Monica Jones, his muse, confidante, sounding-board and occasional lover, often the more deceived! Published in the Daily Telegraph, they provided a fascinating insight into the creative process of this quintessentially English poet, the voice of the time, at once pessimistic and perceptive, always with a wonderful undercurrent of delightful irony.

His is the voice of an England in transition, unsure of itself, unsure exactly where it belongs. Yes, there is cynicism, sometimes even the echo of a grumpy old man of letters,... (more)

Tags: poetry, poets, philip larkin, english verse

Putin Persecutes Pussy

By Anastasia , published on Aug 12, 2012

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president, does not like Pussy. In fact he dislikes Pussy so much that she’s in prison on a charge of hooliganism, held for months on remand and, if convicted, facing a seven year jail sentence. What has poor Pussy done? Why, just this: she meowed her disapproval of the big dog in the Kremlin.

The Pussy in question is actually three members of Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk rock band. Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, all in their twenties, have been in custody since March, arrested for their part in protests... (more)

Tags: russia, vladimir putin, pussy riot, political protest, orthodox church

Judgement Day Comes Early

By Anastasia , published on Aug 9, 2012

Those who have seen the movie Poltergeist II: the Other Side will surely remember the scene where the Reverend Kane, the head of a millenarian cult, took his followers underground in anticipation of the end of the world. There they were sealed in and denied permission to leave, even after the predicted date came and went.

I could not help but think of this when I read reports today that seventy members of an Islamist sect were found living in an underground bunker by police near the city of Kazan in the republic of Tartarsan, the biggest Muslim majority area in Russia, some five hundred... (more)

Tags: islam, russia, cults, kazan, religious sects

Highland Lassie

By Anastasia , published on Aug 7, 2012

I came up to Edinburgh last week chiefly for the Catherine the Great exhibition being held in the National Museum of Scotland but I also arranged with some friends to walk the West Highland Way, a long distance footpath that links Glasgow in the south with Fort William in the north. And walk it we did, not the whole thing, which can take several days, but from Bridge of Orchy to Fort William and then back south by train. It’s by far the most interesting part of the route.

I’ve walked the Way before, in whole and in part. When the weather is good the walking is very, very good and... (more)

Tags: vacations, hiking, scotland, the west highland way, hill walking

Obama Goes Bust

By Anastasia , published on Aug 5, 2012

In responding to my recent article on Obama’s incapacity for high office (Don’t Mess with Mr In-Between, 26 July) one contributor made the following observation about Mitt Romney’s supposed London Olympic gaff during his recent foreign tour:

…Mr. Romney goes to London on his first foreign visit as a presidential candidate and he insults our greatest ally. He went on a soft-ball tour and screwed it up. He showed he's not even qualified to be a foreign service officer never mind the president of the U.S.

This is a subject I intend to return to, a Michigan Yankee in the Court of... (more)

Tags: new york, barack obama, art, exhibitions, winston churchill, sculpture

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