‘Thus, too, for donkey’s years. Since the bouts of Hebear and Hairyman the cornflowers have been staying at Ballymun, the duskrose has choosed out Goatstown’s hedges, twolips have pressed togatherthem by sweet Rush, townland of twinedlights, the whitethorn and the redthorn have fairygeyed the mayvalleys of Knockmaroon, and, though for…

‘Outragedy of poetscalds! Acomedy of letters! I have them all, tame, deep and harried, in my mine’s I’.

- James Joyce, ‘Finnegans Wake’, 1939

A typical Joycean sentence, pregnant with meaning. What it suggests to me, with the allusion to Greek tragedy (or rather ou-tragedy, not tragedy) and Shakespearean comedy…

Humza Yousaf, (1985 — ), present Cabinet Secretary for Justice (now there’s an ironic title) for the Scottish National (Socialist?) Party, overseer of Scotland’s new hate crime bill, would very much like to criminalise conversations that have taken place in private homes were they purportedly stirring up hatred against any…

‘Since reality has shown itself to be an undivided unity with the universal, then, just as the in-itself of virtue is merely an aspect, so does the being-for-self of the ‘way of the world’ also prove to be no more than that. The individuality of the ‘way of the world’…

David Proud

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