Category Archives: privilege

Handling my lack of knowledge

It’s indicative of the gulf between his formative experiences and his current priorities in life, that only yesterday did this gardening-loving 35-year-old environmentalist learned how to use a hoe. Some skills are considered so simple that they should only be … Continue reading

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Top Dog always gets the treats he wants

I went to a conference a few years ago where they let people pick a “dietary option” beforehand. Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that 50% of people responded, 20% of whom (or 10% of the attendees) said they were vegetarian. … Continue reading

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The party’s over, Queenie

Put out fewer flags: we’re coming to the end of the long Jubilee weekend. And it’s been full of the usual vapid jingoism/celebration of constitutional tradition that accompanies such events, followed by the expected welcome imposition of democratic sanity/jealous carping … Continue reading

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Driving the wildlife round the bend

Ages ago, we received the regular form through the post, requiring us to update our details on the electoral roll. There was a leaflet along with it from West Oxfordshire District Council advertising “West Oxfordshire Week.” This was indeed a … Continue reading

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Skidding on a bike is one of many ways to lose control

As the bad weather rolled in a bit more than a week ago, I started to abandon my bicycle. I’ve cycled to work one day this week, and that felt rather hairy. Most of my journey, if I so chose, … Continue reading

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Season of longings

A couple of weekends ago one of my colleagues offered us all a day trip on the riverboat he lives on. K. and I joined a number of my co-workers in hopping on board – often literally, as it passed … Continue reading

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Unavoidable bollards

The worst driver I know was explaining a few days ago that it was just bad luck that he had managed to write off every car he ever owned. The incident he chose to illustrate this relentless misfortune took place … Continue reading

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