Vandalism and Duende: The Poetry of All Things

Lorca by Candlelight

This is a small performance piece I gave at Maori in Valletta on Wednesday 24th August 2016, organised by Inizjamed as part of the Mediterranean Literature Festival:

Say No to Vandalism (Damian)

My name’s Lizzie Eldridge and I originally come from Glasgow in Scotland. Some of you may have heard of Scotland. Some of you may even have been there. But just to jog your memory. We’re the ones who voted to say ‘Yes! We want to stay in the European Union’ during that recently surreal, absurd and bleakly comic but not-so-very-funny-at-all-when-you-stop-to-think-about it – that political shenanigans known as Brexit!

Anyway. Leaving politics aside for one evening…(as if you ever can…) My city Glasgow, well, we’re very very friendly, very welcoming (…particularly if you come from Europe) We really are very friendly, as you can probably tell from my general demeanour, appearance and overall genial interaction with you tonight.

But we do have our own…

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Guns & America

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This post covers a few common counter arguments against gun reform, expands on gun reform reasoning as provided by Jim Jefferies and John Oliver, partially examines international gun statistics with a focus on Switzerland, and gives a TL;DR summary of all points made. I’m attempting objectivity here, but it’s obviously coming from an anti-gunner perspective. Note: Suicide is discussed in detail.

Comedian Jim Jefferies on Gun Control

The Daily Show on Gun Control

These clips form an integral part of this blog post, so if you’re reading, things may make more sense if you give them a look. They’re obviously comedic and not encompassing of the entire issue, but the logic is sound.

Additional points:


Forgetting Australia’s success through executive action and the available empirical data; in practical terms, how does possessing a gun really make a person more protected? And how easy do gun-owners think it is to shoot someone? Police…

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A Note on Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology

The Bubbling of my Thoughts

Around the beginning of the 20th century, philosophy split into two directions, “analytic” and “continental” philosophy. Or so the story goes, as told by some philosophers of the “analytic camp”. Elsewhere I have argued that I don’t think these are valid terms. There was a larger number of different directions of philosophy and what we now call “analytic philosophy” is just one of them and does not have a special status.

Some of the directions of thought lumped together as “continental philosophy” might also have more in common with the “analytic” ones than the proponents of analytic philosophy are realizing. Take, for example, phenomenology, as proposed by Husserl, on one hand, and some strands of analytic philosophy that are connected to classical “artificial intelligence” and “cognitive science”, on the other. The people working within those paradigms might not see the similarity, but there is one:

In those parts of…

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History Curriculum and The Lost Opportunity


When most of us think of history, we primarily recall wars, colonialism, invasion , freedom movement etc. The reason behind is the school curriculum. The emphasis is disproportionate on British rule, mughal rule and independence movement. Students are burdened with dates and places of wars and the lesions are simply concerned  with respect to duration of particular dynasty or invasion. Unfortunately, this leads history to primarily become just another facts and date based subject. The other subjects are already being taught on the same line(geography, Physics, Math etc) and unfortunately this kind of study curriculum loses a great opportunity. We lose the chance to make students think on their own based on objective analysis.

The only thing fixed are the facts in history and historians reach a conclusion based on their interpretations of these facts. No wonder we often hear charges of bias and to be honest any alternate interpretation…

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Abortion, terror and trolley cars

American / Unionist

By Aristophanes

On Jan. 20, 2015, the Islamic State released a video demanding $200 million from the Japanese government in exchange for the release of two of the nation’s citizens, Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa.

Japan did not comply. Three days before, the country’s leadership had pledged $200 million to countries battling ISIS. In regard to the hostages, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to uphold traditional policy measures.

“We will continue to take all possible measures from a standpoint of respecting human life,” he said. “Whatever the case is, the international community adamantly must not give in to terror. We need to cooperate and tackle it.”

ISIS’s apparent response? Beheading.

The needs of the many

So why would a government, an entity constructed with the ostensible purpose of serving its citizenry, deny paying a ransom for the lives of two of its citizens?

Abe may have been acting pragmatically.

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The Reasons Why Senior Citizens Are Turning to Marijuana for Health Problems

The use of Marijuana for medicinal purposes has been legalized in many states so people of all age groups and from different walks of life are turning to online medical marijuana for its therapeutic effects. Along with old age comes different types of health woes, some of these ailments are bearable and some are not. So, more and more senior citizens are turning to marijuana for their health needs.

Marijuana can be smoked, vaporized, ingested in a pill form or an edible version can be added to foods such as brownies, cookies and chocolate bars.

Here are some of the positive effects of medical marijuana

Elevate Mood– The older generation falls prey to clinical depression which is believed to be one of the consequences of old age. Marijuana has been successfully used to help treat depression, and there are multiple ongoing studies looking into the short and long term…

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10 bonnes raisons d’aller en Écosse

Le Ciré Rose

Pour clôturer la série d’articles sur notre magnifique voyage en Écosse, et en attendant de partir à la découverte d’autres horizons très prochainement, voici nos dix bonnes raisons de s’envoler au pays des cornemuses, des lochs et du savoir-vivre.

Les paysages

Comme vous avez pu le découvrir dans les précédents articles, l’Écosse regorge de lieux splendides, enchanteurs et pourtant divers dans leur beauté. Des lochs aux cascades, en passant par l’océan Atlantique qui borde toute la côte ouest, l’eau est omniprésente. Le pays est également extrêmement vallonné : les glens, les montagnes et les collines vous accompagnent tout au long de votre voyage, même au sein d’une ville comme Édimbourg. Surtout, de grandes étendues désertes et désolées s’offrent parfois à votre regard, dès lors que vous daignez quitter votre zone de confort. La végétation, elle, se fait plus rare, mais les plaines vertes à perte de vue, parsemées de

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The Second Spanish Republic and the Crucifixion of Goodness

Lorca by Candlelight

Second Spanish Republic 1

The 14th April 1931 saw the establishment of the Second Spanish Republic, and a real sense of optimism and hope for the future spread across Spain, a country which had suffered from a dictatorship, the insidious growth of right-wing extremism, ongoing civil unrest, a fervently oppressive Catholic Church, and the unsparing brutality meted out by the infamous Civil Guard.

The Second Spanish Republic was grounded in a constitution created by thinkers and intellectuals, people attempting to use logic, reason and notions of equality in order to bring into being a fairer better world. The Spanish philosopher, Ortega y Gasset, was instrumental in this and his words have a powerful resonance today:

To have an idea means believing one is in possession of the reasons for having it, and consequently means believing that there is such a thing as reason, a world of intelligible truths. To have ideas, to form opinions…

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Oppose Removal Of Confederate Statues


Wreath_laying_at_Confederate_Memorial_Day_services_-_Confederate_Memorial_-_Arlington_National_Cemetery_-_1922-06-05The push to remove confederate statues has been spreading across the country after the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats have been making the removal of such statues a priority issue.  Pelosi has called for statues to be removed in the Capitol even though those statues were there when she was Speaker of the House of Representatives.  A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, however, has found that 54 percent of adults said Confederate monuments “should remain in all public spaces.”  Only 27 percent said they “should be removed from all public spaces” while 19 percent had no opinion.

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A Listening project: Where it all began

Unmaking Single Perspectives: A Listening Project

I would like to say that I have always had a strong interest in listening, but I suspect that there are those who, knowing me well, would say that is not entirely true….  It does, at the least, feel like an awakening to me, as the idea for this project really took hold, the significance of listening really struck a chord. I became more aware of the lack of respectful listening that takes place, that awareness made me more conscious of the general lack of acknowledgement, and formal work to support listening as an important academic, personal and professional skill, other than in the caring professions.  Yet listening is crucial to a large part of how all students still learn in a university setting, how we learn from each other, and must also surely be at the heart of interdisciplinary working.

An interest in interdisciplinary study has featured throughout my…

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