Tag Archives: election

poetry in politics

I read a children’s book over Christmas, a gift from my clever teacher sister. ‘Cloud Busting’ by Malorie Blackman is a beautifully crafted, emotional tale of childhood friendship, and one passage particularly resonated: a teacher asks his pupils to write … Continue reading

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in the weeds

One of the things I want to do before I die is visit the annual Iowa State Fair to see the life-sized cow made of butter because why would you not want to see that? A century-old tradition, the cow … Continue reading

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The Republican Party: dead or still twitching?

Less than three in ten Americans view the Republican Party in a favourable light, a CNN poll found this week. And in other breaking news, I’m still flat-chested. Timed to coincide with the publication of the GOP’s 2012 election ‘autopsy‘ … Continue reading

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haggis

I originally wrote this post some time ago, but recent events mean it is time for an update. So. A wee bit of sheep offal and some oats and they shit themselves. You can buy a hunting rifle and a pound … Continue reading

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glowing in the dark

6.30am on Monday morning, and the temperature was at freezing point. I had lost all feeling in my toes and my face was numb. One of thousands of volunteers at President Obama’s inauguration, I had been on the National Mall for two hours, shivering, hopping from … Continue reading

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i approve this message

I am bereft. No more debates, polls, rallies, speeches, commercials, interviews, reports, documentaries, photo-calls, in-depth articles, out-of-their-depth articles, profile pieces, diary pieces, speculative pieces, twitter-spats, commentators and talking heads. Goddamn it. But oh man, what a year. Every moment of … Continue reading

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those they left behind

As Romney and Obama battle it out tonight in one of the most heated and sterile environments known to anyone who’s not a lab technician, spare a thought for those good folks for whom the words ‘it coulda been me’ never … Continue reading

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