Tag Archives: Jacob Armstrong

Insurgent

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised, will not be tweeted, snapchatted, will not be liked. The revolution lives on paper, in libraries, in handbags, college ruled spirals, leaflets, petitions, more leaflets. The revolution lives in my … Continue reading

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Hieroglyphs

The back seat was always the best, where you felt as remote as possible from where you were headed, and from the old women who natter about Jean’s new hip near the bag rack. The single-decker thirtysomething-or-other clunked its way … Continue reading

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The welfare state and its discontents

The welfare state is increasingly under attack from across the political and socio-economic spectrum. Mainstream media and ‘populist’ politicians appeal to sensationalist viewpoints in order to condemn the welfare state as outdated and unjust. George Osborne even went so far … Continue reading

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Mash

The pan gleams in starch-steam, the water is drained, and there lie tuber-pearls: soft and hot. I invoke an heirloom, grab the wooden masher, and mash: in my hand the grain curves to the heat-splits of the handle. The white, … Continue reading

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Vertebrae

Bend the head 35º left and 50 down to hear the crack of bone on bone, a tendon-pop or cartilage-rub. Find with blind fingers the point between sharp, curved blades where the joints sigh on contact. Run down the spine, … Continue reading

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Book Neglect: a Twenty-First-Century Crime

As a member of the so-called ‘cyber generation’, computers and mobile phones have long been a staple of my environment, and my education. Although social networking and new communicative technologies can be useful – we saw social media broadcasting blossom … Continue reading

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Caveman

Boxers on back-to-front, empties its lungs in Neanderthal grunt. Primordial limbs thrash in laboured protest, legs heave and squirm, before reluctant rest. Eyes are itchy, needs a wee: teenage boy, exhibit number three. Metabolises oxygen, expels CO2 Beats the alarm … Continue reading

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Nick Robinson on Live from Downing Street

It is a sodden autumn Saturday in rainy Durham and I am sitting in a regal-looking mahogany chamber in the Town Hall with BBC News political editor Nick Robinson, who is here to discuss his new book, Live from Downing Street. It … Continue reading

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QUIET PLEASE: EXAMINATION IN PROGRESS

I have passed the point of no return. The ‘quiet please: examination in progress’ sign lies far behind me, along the corridor, standing there in bright red, laminated splendour, blu-tacked to a rickety flipchart and exuding fear. It seems designed … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee? Who needs it?

Think of the Diamond Jubilee and what do you imagine? National unity? Proud tradition? Well think again. Multitudes of crazed plebs will gather on the banks of some far-off river, desperate to pay homage to an eighty-odd-year-old woman and her … Continue reading

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