Creeping towards Authoritarianism

We’re continuing to witness unnerving developments in this current Conservative government. The blatant yet brash creeping towards authoritarianism has most recently manifested in a proposed bill to silence open journalism. Obsessing over crushing a public voice, the most overt assault against democracy in the UK has now been issued. The incremental stages can be mapped... Continue Reading →

Harmless Escapism: Resolution

Fairfax blinked away his surprise. I had never asked for help before. Clearly, something was wrong. It had been building for far too long. He might have possessed an inkling of my struggles, but knew far from the entirety. Which, of course, had been a deliberate precaution. In that moment, however, I had resolved to... Continue Reading →

Harmless Escapism: The Unravelling

Something was very clearly wrong. It was obviously Thomas Fairfax. Solutions were not immediately presenting themselves. Except for one. Flight. The lurking apathy I had battled with so un-apathetically my entire life seemed finally to be winning. Smug in its self-justifications, trending events had been indicating that direction for a while. Presently, I had very... Continue Reading →

The Island

With no apparent warning, something breached the otherwise placid waves. Offering no hope of premonitions, the entire scene was hopelessly transformed before it could possibly be comprehended. The perfect sheen over the water had burst, erupting into an ominous fountain, only momentarily concealing from the islanders the emerging threat. For centuries, the great beasts of... Continue Reading →

Can Jack Reacher survive the pandemic?

Will Jack Reacher be able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Physically, I’m sure he could survive the virus itself (it would certainly be a disappointing end to his legacy). The real question is whether his way of life is resilient enough to withstand new tests. This interesting thought experiment, interesting at least I hope to... Continue Reading →

Counterfeiting during the US Civil War – how to topple a government

Dismantling the Confederacy Through an unprecedented surge in the production of fake currency, Northern counterfeiters significantly contributed towards toppling the Confederate government. In extreme brief, the US Civil War erupted in April 1861, following the secession of several Southern states from the Union, primarily to preserve the institution of slavery. Concluded in 1865 by Robert... Continue Reading →

Harmless Escapism – Charitable endeavours

Something about the image was wrong. Again. Having adopted my usual camouflage, already slick with mud, I was hurtling once more towards the trees at the foot of the hill, upon which my house resided. As they imposed themselves, extending higher with each thundering step, I realised some element was distinctly out of place, though... Continue Reading →

Britain’s statues – what is the historical reality?

Britain’s statues have long-since been controversial since what exactly they represent is ill-defined. Are they celebratory monuments, or historical relics? An educational tool, or offensive, exclusionary celebration? Well, the reality is both. This site has previously referenced the cultural difficulty enshrouding statues – interpretations are as diverse as Britain’s population. Taking Cecil Rhodes, for example,... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑