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Attack Dogs

In an article in today’s English Guardian entitled Best frenemies, David Runciman explores the disturbing hold of British newspapers over politicians (in particular the Rupert Murdoch-owned papers). Often commented upon, the influence of this section of the press on government and political decision making is viewed by many as a corruptive force, one that appeals […]

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Always Be Closing

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glenross could be the poster boy for Dirty Looks. The story of four real estate salesmen with jobs on the line if they don’t close their deals, the play/movie reveals a working life immersed in self-pity, backstabbing, disrespect, misplaced pride and humiliation. An emotional car crash right in the heart of the […]

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Retrospective Disrespect

The case of Anton Ferdinand v. John Terry (Who said what: How the Loftus Road flashpoint escalated) must count as one of the strangest incidents to occur in football (and that’s saying something). On August 23rd, Queens Park Rangers played Chelsea in an English Premier League game. A London derby match, and a dormant one […]

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Shrinking Violets

Shyness is quite a common form of social anxiety, a complex combination of the fear of others and dramaturgical stress. In fact It’s much more common that given credit for – for example some studies suggest that about half of Americans consider themselves shy (with nearly as many saying they experience shyness in certain situations). […]

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The Corruption of Honour

The American Novelist Douglas Preston believes that the strange case of Amanda Knox was ‘all about honour, reputation and the saving of face’ (Guardian, October 5th, 2011). Amanda Knox, along with Raffaele Sollecito, recently had her conviction for murdering Meredith Kercher overturned. She spent 4 years in an Italian jail for a crime she did […]