Year: 2018

The Slow Train: The Importance Of Parliamentary Rail Services, Defiant Survivors Of The Beeching Axe. | The Prole Star

The Slow Train: The Importance Of Parliamentary Rail Services, Defiant Survivors Of The Beeching Axe. | The Prole Star

“No more will I go to Blandford Forum and MortehoeOn the slow train from Midsomer Norton and Mumby Road.No churns, no porter, no cat on a seatAt Chorlton-cum-Hardy or Chester-le-Street.We won’t be meeting againOn the Slow Train.”

Just Admit That You Hate Fat People – Katy Preen – Medium

Just Admit That You Hate Fat People – Katy Preen – Medium

Some time ago I wrote about the supposed balance between public health messages and fat acceptance. I say it’s a supposed balance because the two things aren’t actually at odds with each other. But, as happens so often, this argument has reared its monstrously ugly head again and we need to address it.

Of Fish and Bicycles – why we do sometimes need a man in our lives

Of Fish and Bicycles – why we do sometimes need a man in our lives

In 1996 Guinness released their iconic “Fish on a Bicycle” advert, playing on the feminist slogan that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. Advertising of alcoholic beverages in the UK is complicated, because there are so many restrictions on what can and can’t be shown in marketing material.

Happily Ever After? – Katy Preen – Medium

Happily Ever After? – Katy Preen – Medium

Marriage laws in the UK have been evolving since marriages first started being officiated by the Church, in the 12th Century. The 20th Century in particular brought numerous updates to the statute to make marriage more equal and reflective of society’s expectations and needs. But there are still some anachronistic terms and conditions, particularly regarding divorce.

Top Ten Superhumans

Top Ten Superhumans

In comics and movies, human superpowers are limited by only our imagination. But in real life, there are some talented individuals with skills beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. Myths and legends abound of people with abilities ranging from the supernatural to superhuman, but these 10 people have had their unique powers verified by science.

SpyCops in Lush shops divides public opinion – The Meteor

SpyCops in Lush shops divides public opinion – The Meteor

Lush made a bold move with their recent #SpyCops campaign – bold enough to enrage a section of the public who saw the campaign as an attack on the integrity of all police officers. This pressure eventually led to some #Spycops window displays being taken down – which proves they hit a nerve, but perhaps not the one they intended.

Geometry and Vocabulary – No, Cis Isn’t a Slur | Medium

Geometry and Vocabulary – no, “cis” isn’t a slur – Katy Preen – Medium

WARNING: in this post I discuss homophobia, transphobia and some weird shit about seagulls. Look away now if you’re ornithophobic - shit, too late! Because I’m no doubt going to get grilled on my credentials, I identify as non-binary, and I usually read as a gay man or a gay woman, so I dunno, maybe I’m performing something like how non-binary’s supposed to look.

Too Much Information – why we say “I have a boyfriend” when we don’t | Medium

Too Much Information – why we say “I have a boyfriend” when we don’t

There cannot be a woman on the planet that has never claimed to have a boyfriend when trying to escape the clutches of a would-be suitor that we have no interest in. Why do we do this? Because simply saying that we’re not interested doesn’t work - it turns into a negotiation or a fight.

Happy Days Review: What’s it all mean? What’s it meant to mean? – The Meteor

Happy Days Review: What’s it all mean? What’s it meant to mean?

Maxine Peake plays Winnie, a woman in something of a predicament, but determined not to let it get her down. Winnie is buried in the ground up to her waist, yet for her this is all a perfectly normal aspect of every day. The same old earth, the same old routine, the same old bag containing the possessions she needs to perform her daily rituals. This is how things are.