The cold, dead face of Michael Jackson Trials-by-public and why we don't need them

I’ve known people who, when disgusted by something, exclaim “I did not need to see that!” This cry is a little more ironic than most, since in the interests of overcoming disgust it’s more than likely people do need to see the thing that apparently revolts them, rather than being sheltered from it. But I did not need to see Michael Jackson’s dead

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Accepting Expectations of Exceptions

So recently I found myself in the cinema, enjoying a film without pre-existing fandom, or a belief in the idea of “good-bad” films. Somebody deigned to tell me that my enjoyment was only because I had no expectations of the film at hand. I find myself wholly resenting this assumption that it is only possible to enjoy something if you already expect it to

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When tradition becomes Tradition

Traditional Lemonade is supposed to taste like hand crushed lemonade sold at the side of streets by sweaty urchins in deep summer. It costs more than conventional clear lemonade and is available in a variety of bottle sizes and brands. This isn’t news. It’s seems that for a long time that anything can be made “Traditional” by slapping a pricetag on it

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Their names are Bonnie & Clyde, and they Bonnie & Clyde When does a crime become an institution?

Often when stood at a cashpoints/ATMs in the dark with a sufficient number of people around me whom the media has at some point told me to fear, I find myself overly concerned with the possibility of a cashpoint mugging. It dawns on me with odd clarity that it is just that- “A Cashpoint Mugging” of which I’m afraid, not someone opportunistically taking

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On Cliche, and Builders

There are builders in my flat. Despite their apologies for waking me up, and the way they cautiously introduced themselves, I was completely expecting them. Frankly it would be just rude of them not to come and replace my door when they’ve been replacing all the doors in the building for a week now. I don’t mind the drilling. I don’t mind the hammering.

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