As a friend has pointed out, imagine how unsafe and afraid running such a poll must make young LGBTQ people feel when the results go the wrong way. As I write this, 62% of respondents are saying LGBTQ should remain unspeakable in the classroom. scotsman.com/news/poll-shou…
I see @TheScotsman not only sees fit to dump an inflammatory poll on their site but also then doesn't bother to moderate the inevitable hate speech in the comments. Irresponsible on two counts.
What we learned at school (the 'we' is misleading; we learned this lesson in a state of extreme alone-ness and fearful isolation) was that what we were realising ourselves to be was something unacceptable, shameful and repugnant to others.
'Nature is queer. Nature is fluid. Nature changes. Nature changes *you*. If you don't let it change you, you're completely approaching it the wrong way.' - Philip Hoare in this @LRB podcast discussion of Derek Jarman's Modern Nature with Olivia Laing londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/events/past/20…
Oh, I hadn't realised PH was on Twitter as @philipwhale, I would have tagged him in the first tweet.
I didn't have enough characters to mention that the late Keith Collins also features in the podcast, and he sounds just as warm and charismatic as people described him after he died earlier this year.
Advice for / requests to dog owners about poop:
- Don't 'stick 'n' flick'
- Don't bag and hang it or bag and drop it
- Basically that leaves: bin it or take it home (you can buy cheap pong-proof pouches apparently)
Very good reasons coming up:
Dog poo, bagged or unbagged, is a serious danger to livestock. Cattle can ingest dog worms from it, causing abortions, and the cow becomes a carrier for life.
- Dog poo causes liver damage to livestock
- Toxicara in dog poos genuinely can cause blindness in children
- Horses can smell the high cereal content in dog poo, and they will eat even bagged poo as a result, which kills them (painfully)
Translation: Margate's poverty is a convenient aesthetic that gives my middle class cultural projects a veneer of credibility with my London friends up until the point when we price out Cliftonville's wc and Eastern European migrant communities & then complain it's lost its edge.
Still reeling at the clichéd tone-deafness of that three-word headline.
The fest actually includes films about gentrification, which probably just shows that no one believes *themselves* to be responsible for participating in, benefiting from and fuelling the process - the culprit is always someone else in the chain, or a malign semi-natural force.
One of the best gifts I've been given was to be shown a phenomenal swimming spot in a former slate quarry in west Wales. It's not a simple thing to find the right pit among the many hollows between the flaking slate mounds and terraces.
It was worth the hunt, however - the best outdoor swim experience I've had. Clear and cold as vodka poured straight from the freezer.
Climb one of the mounds surrounding the pool for a better view, and you find a bonanza of ripe bilberries, and then views like this.
I saw a tweet yesterday from an UNRWA figure saying that they would not let Palestinians down despite the withdrawal of US funding. Good. But it ended by warning that loss of services for refugees could lead to 'hatred'. This language unwittingly echoes Palestiphobic tropes.
It is noteworthy how often the word hatred is used in association with Palestinians, and this is a link, both conscious and subconscious, that must delight the apartheid regime whenever it is made.
It plays to the idea of Palestinians as semi-brutal creatures predisposed to irrational violence, people somehow on a hair-trigger. And by doing so, it ignores the issues: not 'hatred', but injustice.
So. You're a leftie of a certain age who worked on a kibbutz in your youth when it was the fashionable thing for some young socialists to do. Your views have evolved, and you are now broadly supportive of the Palestinian cause and oppose the occupation. Some words of advice:
When you meet a Palestinian, do not volunteer this information about your time working on a kibbutz without *immediately* apologising and making very clear that you now realise it was wrong to do so.
Do not try to make small talk of it, eg. 'Oh I know the area you're from, I worked on a kibbutz there in the 70s'. It's not a fun coincidence or a bonding opportunity that in your youth you volunteered your labour to help consolidate the theft of Palestinian land.
Belatedly discovered The Bubble in Whitstable yesterday - wowowow. Simple, unpretentious, wonderful food, charming staff, views out to sea. Owner & chef John learned to make falafel in Ramallah and was inspired by cafes there.
So good to find the word Palestinian on the menu!
The whole set-up is adorable. And it's licensed, with good wines and local beers (not Sheps, thank god). Had a dip in the sea afterwards. 🦀🌊
I just finished reading Guy Stagg's book, The Crossway - a big achievement, an epic journey and some blistering honesty about his mental health, but the final section left a bad taste in my mouth, I'm sorry to say.
The book tells the story of his 10-month journey on foot from Canterbury to Jerusalem, following old pilgrim ways - he's not a believer, but he hopes the journey might somehow help to resolve/contain/move on from painful and traumatic experiences with his health & with addiction.
Through the whole thing I was curious to see how he'd handle the last leg through Palestine-Israel - how would he characterise the situation? From whom would he accept hospitality and with what degree of comfort/discomfort? Journeying through an apartheid state is a thorny task.
Visiting Dungeness for the first time later this week. About time, too. Recommendations for where to go, what to see, etc? We're staying one night at the B&B place actually at Dungeness itself.
The Jarman place obviously, but apart from that?
Also, I know there's only one pub in Dungeness, but it's a Sheps pub (boring) and it's got a massive England flag by the pool table on its website... Any other pub recommendations that are with reach by bicycle? Thanks tweeps.