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Editorial Fellow at PC Pro magazine, London, UK
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The Legacy Of 1968
In my last blog post I mentioned that I was preparing a presentation for a conference at the University of East London called ‘The Legacy of 1968’. That conference was a great success and its contributions may be published in the journal New Formations, whi...
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FLICKER OF RECOGNITION
Dick Pountain/ Idealog285/ 9th May 2018 14:38:14 Their casual dropping of the “e” was a bravado touch (and I don’t imagine it had anything to do with Oulipo) but when I joined in 2006 I still found Flickr rather an odd name, simply because for we Brits a “f...
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PATCHES ON YOUR GENES
Dick Pountain/ Idealog 284/ 7th March 2018 11:29:07 When I was 8 or 9 one of my Christmas presents was a lavishly illustrated book called “How And Why It Works”, which explained everything from airliners to oil-wells to reflecting telescopes. It immediately...
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OUT THE WINDOW
Dick Pountain/ Idealog 283/ 9th February 2018 09:38:21

A few days ago my Chromebook told me it would like to reboot in order to update its operating system. I‘d just made a cup of tea at the time (Bai Mu Dan if you’re interested). I hit the power button an...
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The Three Tribes of Austerity
If the 50 years since 1918 witnessed the slow and erratic ascendance of social democracy (punctuated and accelerated by WWII) then the 50 years since have witnessed its equally slow and erratic dismantling. It was eventually Keynes ‘ The General Theory of E...
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Can Social Democracy be revived?
While preparing to participate in a conference on the Legacy of 1968, it occurred to me that this year sees another equally momentous anniversary, the end of World War One in November 1918. My deeply-suppressed numerological instinct took over for a second,...
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Weaponised Identity
The antisemitism accusation has become the most devastating weapon in the far-right's arsenal of lies and fake news. In a secularising age there are few moral absolutes available, but the strongest of them is memory of and horror of the Holocaust, which is ...
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LOREN EISELEY: POET OF EVOLUTION
Dick Pountain 25/02/05 I originally wrote this essay in 2005 as the introduction to an anthology of Loren Eiseley’s works whose publication was to be sponsored by my late business partner Felix Dennis. The anthology never appeared, due to apparently insuper...
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