What to read next?

Almost finsihed reading “George Lansbury – At The Heart Of Old Labour” by John Shepherd so I’m now looking for some new train-time reading material. My requirements are that it can be read in both 15 minute sections and extended periods, covers something ‘political’, ideally pitches one man or woman against oppression with or without a happy ending, fiction or non-fiction, left of centre and can keep me awake.

So far I’ve gathered the following as likely candidates:

  • In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw
  • Norfolk Red: The Life of Wilf Page, Countryside Communist by Mike Pentelow
  • Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from Amnesty International
  • The Devil and Mr Casement: A Crime Against Humanity by Jordan Goodman

If anyone can suggest which of those make good reading then please let me know or if you have any other suggestions? Feel free to have a shufty at my recent reading list at Goodreads.com, link below.

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MIA: Boggy

OK, he’s not pretty, his head’s too small for his body, he’s boss-eyed and he’s got a bit of a temper. But he’s a loved moggy. And he’s gone missing. 😦

We came back from a week’s holiday to discover no trace of him. The person who had been feeding the cats said he was there on the Friday. Saturday, no sign.

He was there when my youngest said his first words; he was there when my sons had their first day at school; he was there when my wife and I got married; he was there when I dealt with the grief of losing my parents; he was always there.

And now he’s gone.

I live in hope.

Tax and conscience?

Dispersion of chlorine in World War IImage via Wikipedia

Listening to the radio the other day, can’t remember what it was but I do recall something along the lines of ;

home taping/drugs/knock-off cds and dvds contributes to organised crime/mafia/people trafficking/swine flu ( * delete as appropriate )

You know, one of those messages where the authorities want to deter you from doing something slightly dodgy by appealing to your conscience.

Then I got to thinking about the same concept and government taxation. What dodgy dealings does my tax contribute to?

  • invasion
  • war
  • chemical weapons
  • weapons of mass destruction
  • regime overthrow
  • suppression of political dissent
  • kidnapping
  • financial corruption

I’m giving up there, the list is going to be too long.