Sex & The City Revisited – Season 1, Episode 8: Three’s A Crowd

“You in a threesome? You won’t even wear a thong!” – Samantha, to Charlotte IS Charlotte a prude? Or just a woman who knows what she wants and plays by her own rules, regardless of peer or partner pressure? It’s a surprising leap to go from an episode where she rules out blowjobs straight intoContinue reading “Sex & The City Revisited – Season 1, Episode 8: Three’s A Crowd”

It’s not right to make children pray at school

“HANDS together, eyes closed,” came the instruction, and we obediently complied. It seemed no more or less arbitrary than many of the other edicts issued by primary school teachers to us, their pliable charges. We lined up together in twos holding hands, we recited our times tables, we put our chairs atop our desks atContinue reading “It’s not right to make children pray at school”

How many pensioners really need a Winter Fuel Allowance?

THE image of the impoverished pensioner shivering in the cold is an incredibly emotive one, especially at this time of year. Amid rising energy prices and much talk of fuel poverty, it might seem a no-brainer to increase the Winter Fuel Allowance as the Scottish Government has this week urged. What kind of heartless ScroogeContinue reading “How many pensioners really need a Winter Fuel Allowance?”

Bill Cosby’s betrayal of black Americans is unforgivable

THINGS aren’t looking good for Bill Cosby. As rape and sexual assault allegations against the entertainer mount up, more and more institutions are severing their ties with him and withdrawing honours bestowed on him. Last week he resigned from a university board of trustees, the US Navy revoked his status as an honorary petty officer,Continue reading “Bill Cosby’s betrayal of black Americans is unforgivable”

Avoiding drug addiction isn’t a simple matter of ‘good sense’

DRUG-USE confessions by those in the public eye have a lot of power to shape perceptions. While most of us are well aware of how addictions shatter families and blight communities, the addict – particularly the heroin addict – remains an unfathomable “other”. And while great efforts have been made in recent years to changeContinue reading “Avoiding drug addiction isn’t a simple matter of ‘good sense’”