Monthly Archives: September 2008

dabbling in identity

Initial desires to riff on m john harrison’s post about nostalgia have been temporarily overwritten by an even greater desire to comment on this picture of Perry Anderson. Gazing at this just now, as the sun breaks through cloud over … Continue reading

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hiding

“At least they have hope.” What is that supposed to mean? Hope for what?¬†Usually it is about hoping for something better: a better home (from shack to brick house), a better job (from cleaner to self-employed businessman), a better marriage … Continue reading

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so much fantasy

I remember, perhaps six years ago, a growing awareness of the probability that people with whom I shared a clear political position might one day become, if not enemies, memories. I started to see that my very definite dislike of … Continue reading

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a living fossil

More and more material is emerging on the Angolan elections. I’ve got some of my own thoughts published here with Open Democracy,¬†where editor, David Hayes, makes contributing to the site a real pleasure. If you want to read more, you … Continue reading

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taxi II

“We’ve always been in the middle. First we weren’t white enough, now we’re not black enough. And that Zuma! Ugck! He’s really dirrible. Only wants to help his own people, the Zulus. What about us? What about us? You know … Continue reading

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taxi I

‘What a lot of outsiders don’t realise is that we had a really bad time too. It wasn’t just the blacks. I also couldn’t sit where I wanted in a bus; I also couldn’t go to the beach I liked; … Continue reading

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a haven called home

“I get very angry that these greedy bastards in the City [of London] and elsewhere are able to drag us all down. Dante had the right idea, tip them head down in shit 23 hours a day.” Someone great said … Continue reading

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