Image: Art Gallery Open sign from Ken Hawkins's Flickr Photostream

What we have seen

Poster in public toilet – there’s nothing that says “Christmas” like anti-terrorist vigilance! Nice to worry about something else for a change, I suppose.

Government messages about COVID getting more and more confusing

N22 Lockdown: Faith, Hope and Charity

Seen in Essex

Seen in Oxford shop window – with a ghostly image of the photographer

Snow art at Colchester Castle

Sweden: Sunset after 15.00! Hurrah!

Hopefully not a prophetic image….

Studded bike tyres for active albeit chilly transport

What we are listening to

Podcast: In the wake of the January 6th insurrection in D.C., Robert Evans and co-host Propaganda take a look at fascist insurrections throughout history.

Notable episode was one about how a 1930s consortium of America’s wealthiest men conspired to overthrow President Roosevelt and institute a fascist state. This is the story of how they would have succeeded but for the intervention of General Smedley Butler, America’s most decorated war veteran.  A man who was radicalised by his encounter with fascists:

“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…

WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” Smedley D. Butler

What we are reading

Amazing book, compelling and distressing at the same time, you can’t put it down but it’s heart-rending to read.

Late Christmas or early easter gift idea # 1: The origins of mansplaining and other feminist insights – just out with Granta.