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Why an illegal migrant is still a human

I spent a couple of weeks years ago doing fieldwork on illegal immigration into Malta. My conclusion was that the actual issues brought to Malta by migration were far outweighed by a rhetoric of threat deployed by politicians, as elsewhere in Europe. 989 more words

Challenge Tuesday - 16

I read this week’s book for reading group. Our description: weird…

Book 16 – Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. This book follows the experiences of Piscine Molitor Patel – Pi – firstly as a child in India, and then as a shipwrecked castaway. 311 more words

It was all going so well until they mentioned the aliens

In Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’, Billy Pilgrim finds himself not only capable of time travel, but also abducted by aliens – the Tralfamadorians to be precise. 496 more words


Tolstoy Marathon # 3: The Coffee House of Surat

It is now my third Tolstoy’s short story, I have noticed that most of the themes of his stories  mainly deal with  religion. In fact, atheists and religious apologists have still been debating whether Leo Tolstoy is considered theistic or agnostic, or probably atheistic. 1,358 more words


This month I've been buying....

This has been a bad month for book buying in that it’s been a really good month for book buying. I really need a bookshelf extension. 1,017 more words



“It is life’s only true opponent.Only fear can defeat life.”-Yann Martel,Life of Pi.