A Psalm for Albion

An Albion of yore in The Hay Wain — John Constable (1821)

“We should be realistic, this is our politics now”


This was the take-home message at the end of Newsnight, the flagship late-night current affairs show of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It was sobering.

The subject of conversation was the increasingly fragmented political discourse in the United Kingdom and, in particular, a series of chants which took place outside Parliament which were aimed at Conservative MP Anna Soubry (who, contrary to most of her party, has campaigned against Brexit).

UK Houses of Parliament

As I work in a hospital on the opposite side of the River Thames, I witnessed some of these chants yesterday.


Anyone who is not very worried about what is going on in our country now is burying their heads in the sand more deeply than a psammophile ostrich. This is very frightening indeed.

Just as much of our media have consistently mimicked Völkischer Beobachter and Der Stürmer of 20s Germany, some of the most vicious and thuggish portions of our society are now more empowered than ever, and police and reporters stand by idly whilst the societal, geopolitical and economic futures of this country is their bully’s playground.

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The Daily Mail’s article “Enemies of the People” evokes similarities to naming and shaming of “traitors of the people” in 1933 Nazi newspaper Illustrierter Beobachter, and their own support for fascism and fearmongering against “the other” during that period.

This is your future, your childrens’ future. The kind of country we are about to become unless something alters our path drastrically…


Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows, wake! expand!
I am in you and you in me, mutual in love divine.
Fibres of love from man to man thro Albions pleasant land.
In all the dark Atlantic vale down from the hills of Surrey
A black water accumulates, return Albion! return!


Except from Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant — Blake
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The Discovery of Karl Pilkington by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (2001)

“Karl, you do realise that giants don’t actually exist?”

A collection of the earliest clips (2001-2002) from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s XFM radio show.

They swiftly discover that they’ve got something special in the form of their new “producer” Karl Pilkington.

Listen as a number of discoveries are made for the first time which become a staple of later interactions between them: from Karl’s unique head shape to his surreal childhood experiences and bizarre theories.

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The empty streets of Paris and London

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The streets of Paris and London heave day and night with people, traffic, activity. But one night of the year is an exception, when everything comes to a halt: Christmas. In 2014 and 2015, the Paris-based freelance photographer Genaro Bardy roamed the streets of these two cities on Christmas night, photographing the deserted scenes. Now, with Desert in the City, he plans to stage an exhibition of these beautiful, serene photographs in each city and publish a book to showcase the Paris collection.

The project was inspired by a chance visit to New York City during 2011’s Hurricane Irene, when Bardy had the rare opportunity to photograph an empty Manhattan. Bardy subsequently became fascinated by how these urban spaces change when people are absent. “As a photographer, it is an incredible chance to be able to experience a city totally alone,” he says. “I hope those pictures show a very different side of your city.”

Empty Cities

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