Importance of History

Thought I’d collate some excerpts on “The Importance of History” for my 50th (socio-political) blog post :)

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Importance of History / Why History Matters… 537 more words


Where’s the Other Pig? The Mystery of Orwell’s Animal Farm

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, for those unfamiliar with the story, follows the tale of how two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball, inspired by a deceased prize pig, Old Major, unite their fellow animals (or comrades) to take over the farm on which they have been imprisoned by Mr Jones. 1,535 more words

Christopher Hitchens

Quotes: What we've become.

“Politicians from the only two parties we have to choose from break promises, are unresponsive to the will of the people, and opt for war, austerity measures, and state control over and over again. 42 more words


Confederacy of Poverty

I’ve never been a huge fan of the picaresque novel. I enjoy their satirical elements and the style of the anti-hero, but the general lack of character development and story that are usually aspects of the picaresque I find hard to get along with. 462 more words

Book Club

Barcelona in Books

I don’t get to travel that often, so when I do, I really make the most of it. My favourite way to prepare is to read fiction set in the place I’m going to. 360 more words


Notes on Orwell's Aspidistra

Having just finished George Orwell’s 1956 Keep the Aspidistra Flying, I find myself no less confused about Orwell’s personal philosophies than when I had begun it.  1,254 more words

George Orwell

Deviating from the Religious Norm

Heresy is deviating from religious norm of a region’s dominant force. Protestants protested against the Roman Catholic Church; mainly due to indulgences. Eventually, due to erosion of power, … 583 more words