Category Archives: status

Piscine-chauffée socialists

This weekend we were in Sheffield, looking at possible houses to buy. Sheffield’s contrasts always surprise me: green parks jostling alongside brownfield sites and lockups; smart social engagement cheek by jowl with grinding poverty. We found a park none of … Continue reading

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The truth about Woolworths

… is present in the myth of consumer empowerment: Capitalism is about power. That’s why so many elements of it are inexplicable. It is not, and has never been, about rewarding hard work. It’s about using a system that pretends … Continue reading

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Resigned on the dotted line

Online forms make wildly inconsistent decisions on what data is worthy of capture, and how that data is to be structured and classified; editor links to a very unusual one here, and mentions in passing how they almost always omit … Continue reading

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