Using taking the knee to open up a culture war

My thoughts on how I feel about England players taking the knee, the gesture in general and booing fans …

I think taking the knee is a good measure to heighten awareness of racism in society. This is particularly so…

So it’s very nearly the end of 2020, a horrendous year that will (hopefully) not be repeated in my lifetime. Christmas like no other, with people being asked not to mix. Families were ‘allowed’ to mix (altho not in Tier 4 … look it up) on Christmas Day, but it…

Covid stories 23 – a vaccine & tiers of a clown

So will today be the turning point? The Pfizer vaccine is given the green light by the regulators. Perhaps the Moderna and Astra Zeneca ones will follow shortly. …

So its mid-November, and nearly halfway through Lockdown 2.0. Except Lockdown 2.0 is nothing like Lockdown 1.0. Lockdown 2.0 is like a mini diluted version, and whilst non-essential retail is closed — as well as eat-in restaurants and pubs are likewise, much of life seems to carry on unabated. That…

Inevitably, when I read these blogs back, they will no doubt feel partial accounts of what happened and it’s tricky to judge what history reflects as significant; what may seem big within a 24 hour news cycle may be insignificant in time.

My feelings are that the very brutal spat…

So as the second wave of Covid waves across Britain, the division across the country becomes starker. There is talk of Lockdown 2.0 but realistically that seems a big exaggeration. In reality all that has happened is that you need to wear a mask in hospitality settings till you sit…

So it’s September 13th. It’s a beautiful day. A proper Indian Summer day, and even though it’s warm, it has the feeling of the beginning of Autumn. Perhaps it’s the feeling of a whiff of wind or how the colours change subtly. Everything felt on the surface quite content. The…

So I moved on to the next story as that last one would have become an epilogue and I ‘think’ blogs are supposed to be wee snapshots. It was already an 8 minute read.

So a couple of days after returning from Staithes, it was Joe’s 8th birthday. It is…

Covid stories part 17 — Staithes, Great Fryup dale, West Ham

So it must be nearly 3 weeks since I last blogged on what has been happening at home. Quite a lot … or perhaps groundhog day. …

And so on to part 2 of the obesity masterplan … let’s get everyone cycling everywhere.

50,000 vouchers of £50 each to repair your bike. £2.5m. Website crashes. Headlines everywhere — not all good, but it has an attractive feel.

But if this is part of reducing obesity, increasing exercise…

Richard B

Still love The Clash, inequality, class, social security, food, stigma. Trustee @ Welfare Benefits Unit. 5ker. West Ham till I die.

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