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An experiment in melancholy

The conductors door swung to and fro.
Offering the new and transgressive.
We all chose to just watch instead.

Imagining what freedom felt like.

Not my Business


They picked Akanni up one morning
Beat him soft like clay
And stuffed him down the belly
Of a waiting jeep.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

They came one night
Booted the whole house awake
And dragged Danladi out,
Then off to a lengthy absence.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

Chinwe went to work one day
Only to find her job was gone:
No query, no warning, no probe -
Just one neat sack for a stainless record.

What business of mine is it
So long they don’t take the yam
From my savouring mouth?

And then one evening
As I sat down to eat my yam
A knock on the door froze my hungry hand.

The jeep was waiting on my bewildered lawn
Waiting, waiting in its usual silence.

I first read this at the age of 12 and its impact on me has been fundamental in making me who I am. By  Niyi Osundare, it has parallels to Martin Niemöller’s First they came

For a while I even took an interest in just how parties like the Nazi party of Germany came to power, past what they taught us in our history lessons, because I was taught that we wanted to avoid those times ever happening again.

So today is a good or a bad day, depending upon your feelings towards UKIP. Whilst it seems they are actually losing their share of the vote in the MEP elections, nevertheless, their triumph over the Conservatives and the long overdue dismantling of the Lib-Dems has a lot of people thinking. Planning. Plotting.

Now that UKIP have proven to be a party that people appear to be voting for, be it due to apathy on the behalf of many, a feeling that the party can speak for those who won’t buy into the two party dynamic of London or that there are just a whole bunch of people who are afraid of change, they seem to be doing something right.

Even if its just for existing to BE the party that people can pour their fear into.

But I’ll never vote for fascism, even if its a stealthy form of it like the two main parties have been pushing for since Thatcherism. I’ll fight it Because I remember Not My Business. I remember seeing the pictures of Nazi Germany.

And because we’re getting closer to those pictures everyday with our apathy.

First they came for the *Others

First they came for the *Others.

Militarum Tempestus Leaks


Yeeesh, thats one fugly vehicle. Looks interesting mind. I can finally start on my genestealer cult force…

Originally posted on The Shell Case:

Well, this all looks interesting…1975214_300336840091227_1188883859_n

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Updates soon. For now, this is how I’m faring with vs my new schedule.

Dear Edwina, Thankyou for last night. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. #bigbenefitsrow


Just saying, when you try to defend starving kids being ok and descend to personal attacks, you’ve lost the argument. As Edwina Currie clearly did.

Originally posted on JACK MONROE::

Dear Edwina;

It’s 9 o clock on Tuesday, the morning after the night before, where we were both on a panel on The Big Benefits Row on Channel 5. I haven’t watched it back, I was there, and know what I look like when I’m angry.

I need to get this out – because it’s everything I wanted to say last night but couldn’t, as I kept being rudely shouted over by you. Honestly, my three year old behaves better than that. At least he knows that when Mummy does her ‘will you just be QUIET and LISTEN to me’ then the best thing to do is to stop running your mouth and let Mummy say her piece.

But you didn’t. Because you were terrified of what I had to say.

I wanted to say, when asked by Matthew Wright, that poverty is almost indescribable to someone as blinkered as…

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Review: Dragons of Jupiter

A repost of a review I did over at Nerditis of  a book called Dragons of Jupiter.

As I wasn’t able to read it nearly as fast as I wanted to, its only fair I share my review as much as I can, in the hope that people buy such a great book. Seriously, its really good. Better than Abnett!

Review: Dragons of Jupiter.


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