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5 Lessons Labour should take from the Republicans

I’m carving a niche out for myself as someone who can offer historical parallels to today’s political situation. Finally putting that history degree to good use. I’m on Progress today talking about what Labour should learn from the Republican shambles. … Continue reading

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I’m on the New Statesman website!

One of the reasons I left full-time class teaching was so I had more time to write. I’m therefore very excited that I’m on The Staggers website today, arguing that mass movements do not win elections. There’s some lively debate … Continue reading

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Not Enough Champagne Episode #10: Too many tweets make a what?

Did Facebook win the 2015 election for the Conservatives? Steve analyses the social media strategies of Labour, the Tories and Lib Dems and we discuss the effectiveness of each one. We then talk about the downsides of social media. Cory discusses academic research … Continue reading

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Janina Ramirez on Julian of Norwich

We know very little about Julian of Norwich. You can tell this a few minutes into Janina Ramirez’s documentary on the fourteenth-century mystic. She travels to the British Museum to see a crucifix in the style of one Julian might … Continue reading

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The opening of the Hazlehurst Centre

On August 29th last year my family and I were honoured to attend the opening of the Hazlehurst Centre. This was a project Dad was involved in towards the end of his life, which was very graciously named in his … Continue reading

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A song for Father’s Day

John Hiatt – Your Dad Did This song is on Hiatt’s Bring the Family album, which is one of my favourites. It’s an album cut in four days by Hiatt on a showstring budget, after he had finally gotten sober … Continue reading

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Sing a sad song for a good man

My Dad died suddenly on January 21st this year. On February 1st I spoke at his funeral, and this is what I said: Thank you all for coming to this celebration of my Dad’s life.  Particular thanks go to those … Continue reading

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