NCIS vs 24: the workplace in pop culture

I wasn’t feeling well over the weekend, and spent a lot of time in front of the TV, trying to stave off a cold. Two programmes caught my attention for the same reason: their depiction of the workplace. NCIS is an american show about a Naval Criminal Intelligence unit solving crimes involving sailors. It isn’t […]

The Veiled Rules of this Game called Society

The current furore over the niqab is an interesting test for the methodology suggested in the last post. Let’s start with the facts. There are a significant number of British muslims, some of whom live in communities in our major cities. Relations between these communities and their neighbours are not without issues, with some misunderstanding […]

Whatever happened to news and comment?

Sometimes you find something that, in context, might not seem too strange, but when you step back and think about it, is genuinely odd. (Yes, that really is a ten foot copper eggcup in a late medieval church, by the way.) We are so used to the mixture of news and comment that passes for […]