Five Things

This is a bit of an experiment and, as such, I am not making any promises about whether it becomes a regular (or even an irregular) feature on this blog. The motivation comes from the fact that, as I trawl various corners of the internet, I often encounter articles that are interesting but about which I have little or nothing to add.

I don’t want to descend into writing endless posts that say no more than Look At This, so I plan on pulling them together so that I can say Look At These. We shall see how, or if, this works.

First up is the short story that started me thinking about this type of post. Compost Traumatic Stress by Brian Koukol explores a once-sterile alien world seeded by the blood and guts of battle and follows the traumatized veteran tasked with keeping this alien fauna under control. It’s an effective and often moving exploration of the aftermath of war and well worth a read.

Taking a quick look at the ongoing disaster that is British politics these days, Jonathan Calder is exasperated with Heidi Allen and Nick Cohen is horrified at the way in which party politics have been allowed to undermine representative democracy. Personally, I think Parliament should insist on a vote of confidence for whoever the Tories select as the next Prim Minister. Regardless of how a party picks their leader, if that leader can’t demonstrate that they have the confidence of Parliament then they shouldn’t be able to form a government.

If Asian cinema has ever appealed to you (and it should) Paul Bramhall has a fascinating article on The General’s Son trilogy and the birth of the modern Korean gangster movie. I really need to carve out some time in my week to start making a dent in my DVD pile.

And finally, Susan Biali Haas suggests that working with your hands does wonders for your brain, which is all the excuse I need to spend more time pulling up nettles.

2 thoughts on “Five Things

  1. I like it. 😊
    As far as politics are concerned, I am in the process of tearing my own hair out at the Canadian political system.
    The Korean gangster thing looks interesting…


    1. Thanks 🙂

      I think politics has gone a bit mad everywhere. Watching the UK losing its collective mind is also embarrassing — especially when friends and colleagues in Belgium ask me what various politicians are thinking.

      The Korean gangster films certainly appeal to me. I used to watch quite a lot of Asian cinema back in the day but moving to Belgium and having kids ate into my time to the point that I pretty much stopped watching anything that isn’t age appropriate for them. That said, the boys are all far more familiar with Jackie Chan than any of their peers and, now that they’re a bit older, I should be able to find a bit more time to dig out some of my old DVDs.


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