This Is Halloween … But also just October Advice on handling offence over the holiday

“On Halloween, we take our costumes off, and you can see us as we see ourselves.” – Zac Gorman I’m no stranger to courting controversy around Halloween. “We are a Culture Not a Costume” felt that when I responded to the vague way they attacked Halloween using the banner of “culture” to decide which costumes were more acceptable than others. Why dress as

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September, the real 30 Day War Yet another battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder

A few weeks ago, I wrote the following paragraph, overly-confident that my yearly battle with seasonal depression was not going to be such a big deal in 2012.. It strikes me, nearly halfway through the month, that I’ve forgotten to declare war on September. There’s no little block of notebook prose where September is a villain stalking through the

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Til I Hear You Sing Once More … With Feeling Phantom of the Opera: Love Never Dies

I’d like to talk about drama, and the stylistic choices involved in staging. Specifically I want to talk about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new-ish musical Love Never Dies, the And then what happened? follow-on for the 1986 musical Phantom of The Opera, wherein the main characters find themselves on American shores, drawn together one last time to resolve their

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Work for a Living … Worked to Death When people leave your workplace, it’s almost as if they’ve died

Before they leave, everyone gathers round them to wish them well and speculate about where they’re moving on to and what they’ll do there. They are laden with flowers, cards, and other paltry tributes, and in their final moments may discuss fond memories of their time amongst you. Often they shed tears at their own departure. Even if they’re ready to

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Taurus Tattoo… Pain in the Astrology? Impossibull? We don't need the gods, except when we do.

I apologise for the truly awful puns in the title, but I’m thinking of getting a tattoo done of a variation on the astrological symbol for Taurus. I’m a Taurus myself, being dedicated and headstrong while affectionate and sensuous, prone to bouts of procrastination and stubbornness, governed by my vocal chords with a strong, thick neck. I’m also a

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Book #5:Terry Nation’s Survivors

a disappointment, yesterday I recently found myself enthusiastically devouring a copy of Terry Nation’s post-apocalyptic Survivors. For those of you who don’t know Terry Nation, he’s the now-deceased British science fiction writer responsible for.. well.. most British Science Fiction. He’s the guy who invented the fucking Daleks, and near-single handedly

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