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Woolwich and the Philosophy of Reporting Terror

These are some of the thoughts I have had, and some of the connections I have made, regarding the attack in Woolwich on Wednesday, in which a man died after being attacked with a machete. Two suspects remain in hospital after a confrontation with the police. My considerations relate more to the reporting of the attack than to the nature…

Margaret Thatcher’s Funereal Week, and Her Political Legacy

Margaret Thatcher’s Funereal Week, and Her Political Legacy

With her funeral passing easefully enough last Wednesday morning, the inclination to join those voices contending the legacy of Margaret Thatcher is strong. Severe criticism of Thatcher in the week and a day that passed between her death and her funeral was limited in the mainstream press, and significantly restrained amongst the political classes. David Cameron cut short his European…

Ignatius Loyola and the Jesuits; and the Jesuits and James Joyce

Ignatius Loyola and the Jesuits; and the Jesuits and James Joyce

With the election yesterday evening in Rome of former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I (and as the first, we may do away with the numeral, and declare him simply Pope Francis), there is now but one word sitting upon and emanating breathlessly from the world’s collective lips. The word is ‘Jesuit’, for Pope Francis is not only…

Pope Benedict XVI Announces His Impending Resignation; What and Who Next?

Pope Benedict XVI Announces His Impending Resignation; What and Who Next?

Pope Benedict XVI, born 1927 as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, has this morning announced his impending resignation from the position, citing poor physical health. In contrast to his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who once remarked, ‘There is no such thing as a pope on retirement’, Pope Benedict had in the past suggested that a pope may need to retire, and…

Ought We to Sit Down?

Ought We to Sit Down?

Over the last few weeks the BBC has waged a quiet and implicit campaign against office, kitchen and dining chairs, deckchairs, armchairs, couches, sofas, and settees, benches, stools, divans and chaises longues. Floors too – with or without rugs; most extending into corners, a necessity of their design – have found their once various uses circumscribed by the broadcasting corporation….