Islam: a danger to society

Islam: a danger to society most-evil-man-in-britain-224x300
This, the most evil man in Britain, will no longer be allowed to infect others with his creed of hate.

‘Islamic extremism is a danger to society and a threat to public safety. It must be defeated wherever it is found’.

Well it’s  no secret that I think this is wholly true. Anyone who reads my posts on Islam knows that I consider it to be a sick, depraved cult based on male privilege, misogyny, homophobia, male paedophilia, ‘honour killings’, genital mutilation and violence.

Yet I did not speak the words above. The UK’s new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, was reported as saying them in The Independent. 

Hallelujah! Is it premature to imagine that some common sense has at last been allowed to spring its green shoots in UK politics? Not so long ago, I would have been vilified for saying things like that, and I know people who have been banned from social media for it. That there is no more grim darkness than the regressive liberalism that infests such spaces has no greater confirmation. And today a minister of State says exactly what should have been said over a decade ago. Continue reading Islam: a danger to society

Arbroath January 1972

Arbroath January 1972 1972-01-Arbroath-10-1024x609
Arbroath January 1972. Sewer pipes on the site of the new road. You can see boats on the stocks at Gerrard’s Boatyard behind. Pic: Rod Fleming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arbroath January 1972 . I was living in the house at 9 East Grimsby. My Dad had died the previous year and I was still struggling with it.  But I had a few things going for me: music, a camera and my books. It wasn’t a lot but it helped.

Russ Black, the art teacher at school encouraged me to use its darkroom. I had lost my own a couple of years before when we moved house. This is one of the earliest rolls I still have from then.

The camera was a Leica Model III fitted with a Ross Xtralux 50mm f2, an excellent lens. I used the name ‘Xtralux’ for a band some years later, in Exeter. Film was Ilford FP3. Continue reading Arbroath January 1972

Autogynephilia: Sex as a woman

Autogynephilia: Sex as a woman agp-sex-as-a-woman-300x272
Autogynephilic (R) and HSTS transsexuals in Thailand. Which do you think might ‘pass’?

Autogynephilia is a self-reinforcing, sexualised self-reward system. It is stimulated by a man’s desire to be, or appear to be, a woman. It is satisfied by achieving this. Although there are other rewards, the main one is by having sex as a woman.

Because it is self-reinforcing, the more often the satisfaction is achieved, the stronger it gets. It is narcissistic because it is focussed on the male self as a woman. Because sexualised reward is so strong, autogynephilia is extremely powerful and compelling. Sex as a woman turbo-charges it. Continue reading Autogynephilia: Sex as a woman

Wedding in Molinot — a photo essay.

Last week we had the first wedding in Molinot for five years. The Bride and groom have been together for years and decided to make it all official.  It was a lovely event, very redolent of a rural France that is fast disappearing. Yes folks, la France Profonde is contracting. Soon it won’t be there at all.

Meantime it was nice to see an event like this, with all the colour, hilarity and distinctly earthy humour. This is the Arriere-Cote.

I don’t know when we’ll see the next wedding in Molinot, so better enjoy this one.


Strömholm’s Beautiful Transsexuals

Strömholm's Beautiful Transsexuals Christer_Stro_mholm_with_Panama_1968
Christer Stromholm with Panama, 1968

Strömholm ‘s Transsexuals: Les Amies de Place Blanche

Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) was ‘the father of Swedish photography’. A talented and influential photojournalist, he favoured direct contact with his subjects. He never ‘stole’ candid pictures and instead always had a relationship of some kind with the person or people he was photographing.

For over a decade, beginning in 1958, Strömholm documented the lives of a group of transsexual women (male-to-female) living in an area of Paris called the Place Blanche. His body of work is remarkable. In 2011 Aman Iman Publishing in Paris republished it as as Les Amies de Place Blanche. The price is a very reasonable 45 Euros. Continue reading Strömholm’s Beautiful Transsexuals

Labour’s moral authority

Labour's moral authority nabours-moral-authority-corbyn-smithjpg-300x225
Jeremy Corbyn (l) and Owen Smith. Pic: The Independent

The UK’s official Opposition is the Labour Party, though on present showing you might not guess that. On one hand it has at once been utterly and indefensibly useless at challenging the Government over the EU referendum. On the other, internecine fighting and political blood-letting over its own leadership has gone out of control. These pose serious questions about Labour’s moral authority and its fitness to govern.

First the party’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee, decided to prevent members who had joined within the last six months from voting. This was because the NEC is currently filled with Blairites. They want the elected leader, Jeremy Corbyn, out and think that all the new members are Corbyn supporters. That should speak volumes about how they regard democracy. Continue reading Labour’s moral authority

The Brexit Mirror — cracked from side to side

The Brexit Mirror -- cracked from side to side the_mirror_crack_d_from_side_to_side_by_novemberheart-d7owp14-300x200The Brexit mirror cracked from side to side under the weight of simple, sheer reality this week.

The fissure in the Brexit mirror began to appear when Norway’s Foreign Minister told the world that no, the UK could not re-enter the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) just because it fancied the idea. The UK was a founder member of EFTA but left as a condition of joining the then EEC in 1973. Re-entry, however, would require unanimous approval from the remaining members and Norway is agin the idea. It’s not the only one to show reluctance. Continue reading The Brexit Mirror — cracked from side to side

Brexit means Brexit. But not really

Brexit means Brexit. But not really brexit-means-slump-300x277Theresa May, the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has said, several times now, that ‘Brexit means Brexit.’

The problem is that nobody is quite sure what that means. It would appear that even Ms May is somewhat vague on what Brexit means.

Does Brexit mean what the likes of Redwood and Cash mean, or legions of other purple-headed Blimps, or the undereducated oiks who are their foot-soldiers? Does it mean severing all ties with Europe? Does it actually, as we discussed in last week’s Friday Politics, mean ruining the world’s 5th economy, in the name of xenophobia? Continue reading Brexit means Brexit. But not really

Inanna and Jesus

Inanna and Jesus cross-jpg-300x225In an oral culture — one that is not written down — mythology evolves as it is passed from storyteller to storyteller. The Jesus myth was created in exactly this way, pasted together from earlier sources. This process is called ‘syncretisation.’

There is no fixed record of an oral tradition, by definition.  In an oral culture or tradition, myths grow and develop to reflect the lived experiences and cultures of the people telling them. It was only when writing was invented that these traditions could be codified and by that time, they had been evolving for thousands of years. This means that there are many versions of the same myth, as different peoples carried it forward.

So we cannot say that, because detail differences exist between two similar myths, they are different or have different origins. Continue reading Inanna and Jesus

Damp Walls–How to get them dry

Damp Walls--How to get them dry damp-walls-01
Houses in situations like this often have damp walls. Pic: Rod Fleming

In the past walls were rendered and plastered with lime. Lime is a truly wonderful material that can be bent to a whole series of uses, but as a render on stone it is unsurpassed. It ‘breathes’, allowing moisture to escape and suppressing damp walls. This is because it is very porous. So why are there damp walls in so many old houses today? Continue reading Damp Walls–How to get them dry

Non-Politically Correct Writing and Photography by Rod Fleming and Guests

%d bloggers like this: