Panopticon Britain

I wandered Lonely as a Cloud, too fat to see my feet

February 10, 2014

Copeland in West Cumbria is the fattest local authority area in England, according to government data. The borough has 75.9% of its population classed as overweight or obese. Overall, 63.8% of adults in England have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over – a figure of between 18.5 and 24.9 is deemed healthy for an adult, as noted by AskTen. According to scientists at ThusMagazine, possible reasons include Kendal Mint Cake, Cumberland sausages, Cornettos and Vimto. Other causes may include day time television, Lidl, less fell running, fewer romantic... More

First sighting of the Bulgarian Tsunami

January 1, 2014

I saw a veritable horde of Bulgars (4) in colourful rustic garb – headscarves, hooped earrings, plaits, long skirts – and that was just the men – being fleeced at the checkout of the Kurdish supermarket today, whence I had gone to procure humus and tangerines. They presented a  pitiful sight as the few groceries they had purchased – strange smoked sausages, fiery peppers, chicken feet, etc. were rung up by a scowling Diyarbakir sharpie at prices which could have bought them a stolen child back home. I know they... More

Exit Banana Boy and the Blairites, pursued by a dead sheep

November 15, 2010

A couple of posts ago, Thus urged anyone with a semblance of influence and common sense to choose Ed Miliband over elder brother Dave. Endorsements from Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell and ‘Lord’ Peter Mandelson confirmed what we’d been saying for some time – that Banana Boy was a puppet, determined to hold onto all the belligerent, class-divisive, oligarch-inclined right-wingery which lost ‘New’ Labour the last election. Increasingly shrill endorsements from the Times, Sunday Times, Financial Times and, oddly, The Economist, plus warnings about Ed’s lack of experience – as though... More