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Fifth Column – The Smoked Glass Society – Issue 25

ONCE upon a time, on this side of a metallic curtain, ‘party line’ meant more than one conversation simultaneously. However, now, in the 21st century, one of global, free-market economics,

Humanly Sports Pages – Issue 25

CRICKET NEWS A quick single: England’s captain, Andrew Chef, is still unavailable to play for the national side as he is continuing to struggle with a personal injury claim. BLOWING

News Real 12 – Issue 25

POLPOTICAL NEWS As The Beach Boys chirped in the long distant past, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice (to think it were possible in a free society). The idea that, to counter

Where Are They Now? – Issue 25

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? THIS MONTH: THE CHARTISTS Those brave people who spoke up about democracy at a time when it was unthought of as a serious concept. We will

Mini Ads – Issue 25

GAMING Wanted, a life that hasn’t been lived yet. Will pay good money, as I now value living for its own sake much more than cash. Apply to Leo Lonely,

Political Cartoon – Angel of the North – Issue 25

ANGELUS AD AQUILONEM

News Real 11 – Issue 25

A VISIT TO THE BODILYAN LIBRARY A place where you can stay quiet, if you wish, and study yourself; lifting a lonely glass in toast of your oneness. However, if

Cartoon – It’s A Lime – Issue 25

Cartoon – Anne Drex II – Issue 25

ANNE DREX II ROLLS INTO SUPERMARKETS

News Real 10 – Issue 25

PHILOSOPHICAL COLUMNISATION LOVE IS…a four letter word, most of the time. Also, when the going’s good, it’s a two-letter word, but only once, and very context specific, can it ever


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COVER STORY: THE DISCONTINUED THREAT OF SILVERFISH

We are becoming good at anniversaries of things and people as politically abstracted groups, so the mag is falling in and reminding us all of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of a wall that rid the world of Silverfish.  (read more)

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LITTLE EDITORIAL

 
October 2014 and your second-most guilty pleasure jogs sprightly past yet another mini-milestone: our twenty-fifth issue.  The magazine has, as its source, a very small pamphlet entitled, The Shabby Hare, of which only a handful were produced (read more)

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THOSE ETHICS GIRLS

 

Narrator: “These are but shadows of the things that have been,” said the Ghost of Christmas Past.  “They have no consciousness of us.”  The high-spirited boys came on; and as they came, Scrooge knew and named them every one.  Why was he rejoiced beyond all bounds to see them!  Why did his cold eye glisten, and his heart leap up as they went past! (read more)

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NEWS REAL 

 

HEATED ARGUMENT  Police had to be called to an incident in the growing high-street war between two tanning centres in Milton Keynes. Beds were damaged in the fracas before the police managed to cool things down with a mixture of cosh and dialogue. (read more)

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SPOT THE DEFERENCE

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POO CORNER

 

THE PARSONAGE KNOWS

Walking in Charlotte’s imagination, moored to reality / watching the sun dandle on Earth’s knee / before father’s glowering discipline calls us in. (read more)

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STALIN’S BREAKFAST

 
“SAUSAGES!” or “THE THIRD EGG.” Just when I thought we had moved on, the revolution has done a U-turn and become the counter-revolutionary beast once more: just when I thought it was safe to go back in to a food establishment. (read more)

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ANGELUS AD AQUILONEM

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FIFTH COLUMN

 
ONCE upon a time, on this side of a metallic curtain, ‘party line’ meant more than one conversation simultaneously. However, now, in the 21st century, one of global, free-market economics, ‘party line’ has returned to the good old Stalinist days of definitive truth, which tolerate no conversations. (read more)

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NORDIC NOIR 

A story by Pat McConnell FOI

 

The telephone jolted Senior Detective Gunnar Gunnarson from his deep thinking. It was Detective Aneke Mikkelsen, his deputy.  ‘Hi Gunnar, it’s Aneke, there’s been another one, you had better come quickly.  The dead body is in the old Helsingborg Lutheran Church’. Gunnar changed from his uniform into his gardening trousers and old raincoat. (read more)

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OUR MAN IN HIATUS

 
He is in a sleepy village – possibly French – somewhere between Iraq and Rouen.   The place is called Petite Morte and she, as the village is affectionately referred to, is a cruel arbitrary mistress which albut encourages a state of emotional ennui. . (read more)

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AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSA LUXEMBURG

Eds: Good evening, Rosa, make yourself comfortable.

Rosa: Ich Danke Schön.

Eds: Would you agree that Communism is dead?   (read more)

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MEDIA PAGE

 
XENIA The service industry warrior and her sidekick Genuflect get up to more jolly shenanigans in the corporate factories in this, their tired series. (read more)

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POLITICAL CARTOON 3

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BAUDRILLARD’S THE AGONY OF POWER…

Heather Waters FOI

I was in the Strand Bookstore, NYC, and found Jean Baudrillard’s The Agony of Power at one of my go to tables in the cellar.  (read more)

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WEDDING NAUSEA

 
by Stephen Philip Druce FOI

 
Anywhere but here. Anywhere but here – but I am, I am a wedding guest. With my death the only legitimate excuse for my absence,  (read more)

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TWELFTH FIGHT

 
TWELFTH FIGHT part the Fourth finds Frank in the Livery Stable, stroking a fine white horse, preparing the beast for transport out of the town.  (read more)

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POLITICAL CARTOON 2

TTIP OF THE ICE AGE-

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JIM LADD

 
Jim was prevented on two occasions from entering the kingdom of Upper Echelons in Suffering, Wilts.  (read more)
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JOS BITUMEN ARCHIVE

Jos was beginning to get mild paranoia and his poetry was taking on a sense of funny desperation.

Lost for words, trying to find words for lost  (read more)

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SCENE FROM THE 21ST CENTURY

AN INEDIBLE MESSAGE

A fellow of indeterminate age sits looking ruefully at his portfolio. He resembles an old railway network map with more lines than a modern version after so many cuts.  (read more)

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EDWIN STARR COLUMN

Our man of soul remembers a particularly emotive visit to a WW1 exhibition at a south Yorkshire museum.
Edwin says: “Urban centres around the country, looking ironically uniform,
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THOSE ETHICS GIRLS (ISSUE 7)

Mavis: Hi, Sheila, hello Lil. Sorry, I didn’t stop to bring anything, I just got here as quickly as I could. How is she?
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THE MAN WHO LOOKED UP – ISSUE 1

Mr Adrian Clark is an excellent worker. His manager says so, his colleagues say so, his family say so and his wife says so. Therefore, it must be true. And it is. He is never late and has not taken a single day off work with sickness in the two years that he has been employed at the Bank. (read more)
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A prime example of political rhetoric from one of the ruling elite. Lest we forget, for fact’s sake!
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AN INTERVIEW WITH JUDAS ISCARIOT – ISS. 4

Eds: “Hello, Mr Iscariot”
Judas: “Just call me J.”
Eds: “How was it for you” (read more)

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PUB TALK – THE WRITERS AND EDITORS (MP3)

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THOSE DAFT SOAP SUDS – ISSUE 1

Down at THE VITREOUS ENAMEL, landlady and would-be owner, Olive Lamp, and her closest friend, Vera were wringing their hands in despair. (read more)

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CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR NONE OF THE FAMILY – ISSUE 8

Away in a meeting
A manager does sway (read more)

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A CONVENIENT LIE – ISSUE 10

An article by John D Hill

Government backed scientists are concerned about the effect our lifestyles are having on the sun.

The sun is a huge ball of fire, several thousand feet across and located a few miles away in space. (read more)

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