Life as a busker…

2003 saw a breakthrough for the busker. The underground buskerÂ’s scheme was initially launched to encourage high quality acts to be given the opportunity to play to the thousands of audience members that commute across London everyday. The demand came from frequent users of the underground who were fed up of the poor standard of busking and various acoustic, ring-flute and didgeridoo renditions of ‘No … Continue reading Life as a busker…

A novel idea: money, morality and modern Ireland

The latter is found more recently in John BanvilleÂ’s The Sea (2006) and Colm TobinÂ’s Mothers and Sons (2006), the former in Gerry StembridgeÂ’s According to Luke (2006). Whereas Banville and Tobin focus on the elusive inner feelings of, on the one hand a widower (The Sea) and mothers and sons (Mothers and Sons)and hence aspire towards the equally elusive ‘univeralÂ’ nature of what it … Continue reading A novel idea: money, morality and modern Ireland

Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone)

Having read and re-read the article in last weekÂ’s edition of The Founder, I have felt myself very much driven to write my own “apologion” in favour of not just my own beloved Roman Catholicism, but in favour of all Christians, and indeed other religions. Anybody who knows much about my religious views will know that I am indeed not the greatest supporter of ecumenical … Continue reading Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone)

Facebook: Destroyer of Souls; Reaper of Destinies

Now, to call it the ‘reaper of our destiniesÂ’ as I have in the title is a little melodramatic, IÂ’ll give you that. But whoÂ’s to say that it isnÂ’t reaping your destiny? Plucking your spare time from you like a vineyard labourer and duly crushing it (to continue the metaphor) to make the most horrible wine you have ever imagined. Think about it for … Continue reading Facebook: Destroyer of Souls; Reaper of Destinies

And now the news, featuring the Conservative Party

The left wing mediaÂ’s hobbyhorse these days is constantly suggesting that the Conservative Party is all style and no substance. They point to media stunts involving close contact with snow and huskies as evidence that Cameron is not a serious politician. They accuse the Conservatives of stealing New Labour clothes, the fact the New Labour stole the Conservative clothes in ‘97 seems to escape them, … Continue reading And now the news, featuring the Conservative Party

The plight of students living at Brunel’s Runnymede campus

In one scenario that was raised by the Committee, a broken toilet seat had been discovered by Brunel staff in one of the communal washing facilities for the halls. The students in the relevant rooms were each charged £2.30 to replace the seat. However, on top of that the students were also each charged a £15 administration fee. Royal Holloway have been made aware of … Continue reading The plight of students living at Brunel’s Runnymede campus