Friday Links: Embarrassment

Happy Friday!  Every time a Tory Party Leadership candidate comes on, Madness’  Embarrassment has being running through my head. It’s been that kind of week..

It’s also been raining….a lot..

Here are this week’s links….

Between homelessness and the FT’s How to Spend It, our culture has completely lost its way. True….

How Grenfell survivors came together – and how Britain failed them. I’m horrified but not really surprised.

Ignore Boris Johnson’s bluster about Brexit. He wants a general election

If there is one clear lesson from the past three years, it is that it is unwise to deduce method from madness. Sometimes idiocy is all that there is.

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be the UK’s next prime minister, explained If only it was this easy to explain Boris, it doesn’t cover the trying to have a journalist beaten up, his affairs and use of High Court Orders to try and keep them (and the resulting offspring) quiet, it doesn’t cover the disaster that was the Garden Bridge or the frankly terrible state in which he left London’s economy. To a certain extent, if he is the next Prime Minister, that will be the end of the Tories, if only the Labour Party was in a position to take advantage of it…

Was Boris Johnson as successful as London mayor as he claims? No he was not.

My Catholic, trans child is living proof of how wrong the Vatican is on gender. The Vatican is wrong about lots of things, people and connection should always win out over rejection and isolating people. The parish sister’s response is about where I would land on all of this. The sad truth is that the Church and the Pope only wants compassion and love to be extended to the people with problems he understands….

“There will be people who don’t understand. The world is changing, and the church can be slow to catch up. But your child should be treated with love, compassion and kindness. Who are we to turn our backs on her?”

Highly processed foods look more and more unhealthy. The reason why may be hiding in our guts.

Pity the poor man who’s had the Women’s World Cup shoved down his throat. One of the most old school ‘white wine for the ladies’ Chelsea supporters I know, watches all of the women’s games with his daughter, he watches quite a few of the men’s games too but if he can do it and not moan. Then so can everyone else.

Save $1 Million by Forgoing Coffee and Joy of Any Kind in This Soulless World. Funny.

Why the mayor of Liverpool has revoked Esther McVey’s ‘scouse privileges’ When even Liverpool doesn’t want you, you’re in trouble…

Pale rosé isn’t better – and nine other pink wine myths debunked. It’s probably still not going to get my mum to drink it….

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. I know I overuse the word fascinating. My father’s family have serious issues with addiction, mostly alcohol. My dad and my uncle died young and alcohol played a massive part of that, I have one more paternal uncle who doesn’t drink anymore because otherwise he wouldn’t be married. So I’m aware of the dangers of alcohol so I find this stuff fascinating, it’s a long piece but really worth reading…

‘This is not a “what if” story’: Tokyo braces for the earthquake of a century. Wow, they are really thorough. I love the disaster parks…

Every Grocery Store Should Be Like Stew Leonard’s. Honestly, I’m not sure if I could cope with food shopping in that environment but I’d like to try it just once…

Why we’re all obsessed with looking like Fleabag. I’m sure that Phoebe Waller Bridge is a lovely person, but I don’t get Fleabag at all. But looking at all the people who rave about about it, I think I get it. It’s for upper middle class millennials who suddenly feel seen. She’s in emotional pain and her café (in the first series anyway) isn’t doing all that well but look at her, she’s pretty and well dressed.  Not everything is for everyone and that’s ok, I just wish stuff like this didn’t always have to be by and for the privately educated upper middle class set.

 

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