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The musings of a Mancunian living in Mexico. The mixture is anti-imperialism & anti-globalism,.. with a good pinch of cynicism for added flavour.

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  • Farewell - at least for now
    on Dec 14, 2010
    I really should have posted this valedictory comment a long time ago, but what with one thing and another it got forgotten about.Since I now live in Northern England, having a blog that looks at home from the perspective of an outsider makes no sense...
  • Blog Announcement
    on Aug 12, 2010
    What's happening with the Exile? The quick answer is that your favourite blogger is basically living on the charity of an old mate and must soon move elsewhere. That elsewhere is going to be one of the the northern mill towns, and the act of sorting...
  • Is this the way to hit the social work industry?
    on Aug 1, 2010 in Social-Work-Industry-04
    Christopher Booker is still throwing stones larger than himself at the social work industry and getting some fairly outraged comments from people who share his anger at the antics of these bovine sub-normals. On commentator suggested that since Booke...
  • Vote for the Exile!
    on Jul 29, 2010
    Total Politics is running its top 100 blog list again and this year your friendly old Exile forgot all about it which means we will be lucky to keep our place in the list. Voting ends at midnight on Saturday, so please create your list of at least fi...
  • How to catch women
    on Jul 28, 2010
    I was having a drink and fell to chatting with a young fellow who was bemoaning his lack of leg-overs. Being an amiable soul your friendly old Exile fell to reminiscing, and what follows is the sum total of that reverie. There are basically two ways...
  • A future for social workers?
    on Jul 21, 2010 in Social-Work-Industry-04
    Christopher Booker over at the Telegraph has developed a real interest in doing over the social work industry. Now that we have a government that does not rely on the votes of creatures like that we should put aside our differences with types like th...
  • A tale of Berlin, 1945
    on Jul 18, 2010
    I was having a liquid evening with a Russian the other day and he told me the story of his late grandfather who was part of the army that took Berlin in 1945. It seems that grandpappa was exercising a man's right to choose by slipping a length to som...
  • Afghan War to end in 2014
    on Jul 18, 2010
    Britain's contribution to the war against Afghanistan will end in 2014 according to secret documents obtained by the Independent. Which rather begs the question, who will be the last British solider to die so that our politicians can demonstrate the...
  • Cameron is wrong over Raoul Moat Affair
    on Jul 15, 2010
    Nobody emerges with any credit from the Raoul Moat affair. Start with Samantha Stobbart who took the opportunity of his imprisonment to tell him that she was dumping him and then in one of those moments that women sometimes have, went on to write tha...
  • Britain revokes Anna Chapman's passport
    on Jul 13, 2010
    The government has revoked the British passport of Russian born Anna Chapman, the girl the American accused of spying.Given that all she seems to have done is take publicly available information and then pass it on as being the results of her efforts...
  • One in five people in Britain will be enrichers by 2050
    on Jul 13, 2010
    Get ready to celebrate a bit more diversity in Britain! A decade ago just 8% of the British population consisted of immigrants and their descendants, but that looks set to rise to 20% by the middle of the century as yet more people flood in to enrich...
  • On Admiral Horthy and modern Britain
    on Jul 11, 2010
    From 1920 to 1944, the dictator of Hungary was Admiral Horthy: a strange title, indeed, for Hungary was a completely landlocked nation, with no navy whatsoever.Hungary is certainly landlocked, but there was nothing strange about Horthy's rank. Austri...
  • British cut and run in Afghanistan
    on Jul 7, 2010
    When even the Telegraph has to admit that the British have been forced out of Sangin by the Afghan resistance, then you know that something about the forward march of imperialism has gone pear-shaped. It would be nice to be able to equate this latest...
  • Budget thoughts
    on Jul 5, 2010
    The interesting thing about the reaction to the recent budget on the estates is that there is no reaction: nobody seems to care. We are told that the budget will hurt the poorest, but just how true is that claim? Housing benefit is to be capped at so...
  • Advice for a young man
    on Jul 4, 2010
    I was having a drink with my 21 year old nephew the other day, as he sat with his head in his hands bemoaning his fate. Translated into simple English, his girlfriend has dumped him and he thinks that the world will come to an end.Casting around for...
  • Blog Update
    on Jun 29, 2010
    Family matters now having been dealt with normal service on this blog should resume next week. Sorry about all this, but what can I do? I run the blog entirely on my own so when a personal problem hits the blog has to go into clover.
  • Name & shame this woman!
    on Jun 29, 2010 in Sleaze-06
    A blog campaign to name & shame a rather nasty piece of work named Ashleigh who lives in York has been started by Uncle Nick. When a porn merchant gets involved in social matters my ears prick up. I have to confess to a personal interest here, si...
  • Blog Announcement
    on Jun 24, 2010
    I am at the airport as a family crisis has just blown up. A telephone call in the middle of the night led to a frantic dash to Heathrow and I am currently sitting in Amsterdam waiting for my flight across the Atlantic. I expect to be back in a couple...
  • On buying razor blades in the Midlands
    on Jun 23, 2010
    I am on my travels again, back to that armpit of England known as the West Midlands. I arrived on Monday, spent Tuesday in meetings and then the evening in a pub getting very, very drunk. It really is the only way to survive this part of the world.F...
  • Farewell to Gimlet Kamm
    on Jun 21, 2010 in Gimlet-02
    Gimlet Kamm has a valedictory post up, basically saying goodbye to most of his readers before the Times goes behind its new pay wall. Being the nicest of all bloggers, I left a comment saying that in the days when the Independent had its wall people...