America – the ‘we’ illusion

We the people, have it drilled into us that we are to be patriotic. We must say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school day, we sing the Star Spangled Banner before every sporting match and politicians everywhere proclaim they are simply representing what ‘Americans,’ or in the Republican case, ‘Real Americans,’…… Continue reading America – the ‘we’ illusion

Santa Claus, Ded Moroz, Christianity and the Solstice

It is 2:48 AM on December 24th – the morning of Christmas Eve.  To mark the cultural and religious highlight of the entire year across the Western world I thought I should post something about the holiday. My focus is the mythical figure known as Santa Claus in the West, Ded Moroz in the East,…… Continue reading Santa Claus, Ded Moroz, Christianity and the Solstice

Privacy, presidential candidates and other things

It has been eons since I last posted in the blog.  With two young boys all free time is at a premium and so that only leaves the very early morning as free time.  In 2016 I’ve decided to change a number of things in my life such as: shedding distractions such as Facebook and…… Continue reading Privacy, presidential candidates and other things