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Poetry

#4

Great arrestive Goldfinch, What are we to wonder? Where did you retrieve That gold which you plundered? By flap or by flutter, Unruffled, serene, You endure the unfolding Of a heavenly dream. Past dreams made trial Of that appreciable feat. What wonder engendered Your life-given tweet? That power in the sky; That’s how you were done. Neatly […]

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Poetry

#3

Those grandest of all arrangements promote The tyrants of incessant legacies. Inspiring an appetite for war to tote For aeons with devious efficacies. Complex, seem those ignoble noblemen With their prerogatives to forge order, Thought their aloof livestock, their heinous-men, Whilst, privileged, they’d broadly marauder. Cunningly went that ‘noble’ politic, Conceiving an epic for brighter minds […]

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Poetry

#2

As long as there’s a life, there is a nature. Abundant from its means – which nature brings – It thought itself an almost godly creature; Sang louder than that song which nature sings. So, when the crow cried “can’t” to cast an omen The creature called “I can!” and cursed it back. Then, taunted […]

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Poetry

#1

Here, upon bark, smoke embers from fire, Armour of soldiers from the erstwhile wood. Myopic men with heedless desires Ravage their slaves for the greatest of good. Beads of remorse take passage on cheeks; Meander down from a tortuous line. Born forlorn, unfastidious freaks; Gorging antecessors spill brine from wine. Reminiscent of that prior state; […]

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Birding

2018 Birding Highlights

I have long been somewhat interested in birds. Who isn’t? However, I think it is fair to say that in 2018 I finally evolved into a fully-fledged birder. Here is a small collection of what I spotted throughout the year. All of these images are my own and were captured on my phone (albeit attached […]

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Philosophy & Ethics Politics & Public Debate

The Greatest Gift that I Possess

Everywhere I look I see countless miniature empires. This makes sense when one considers the many necrophilous sectarians ostensibly populating Britain, as their morals seem to be founded (if Brexit is anything to go by) in the delusional glory of this little island’s historically imperial sovereignty. Small-man syndrome is a natural phenomenon, even at the state […]

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Nature & the Environment Politics & Public Debate

Climate Change: The Elephant in the Room

The elephant in the room is trampling all over us. Yet we’re still living, thinking and talking as though it were not there. Climate change is so inescapable, so entangled within the definition of our politico-economic system, that to explore it, to educate about it, is to create a wide-spread existential crisis wherein the persistence […]

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Politics & Public Debate

Populism: Activism’s Evil Twin

A word has been washing around in the media, spilling from the plump and pouted lips of politicians and journalists everywhere, with a meaning that is surreptitiously adapted at every convenient opportunity. It’s as though they’re all in on the act, utilising the word to make specious claims about things which in reality they have no factually-based […]

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Philosophy & Ethics

The Great Misconception About Consequentialism

Let’s clear something up which I believe is at the heart of the matter: Consequentialism is not per se a normative position. Despite what many will have you believe, it is in fact nothing more than a law of ethics – what I would call a meta-ethical truth.