The Accidental Harpist

For more than 20 years, I’ve played the Venezuelan & Paraguayan harps with the ‘Bahareque’ Latin American Rhythms Band. During that time, the group has produced several albums, toured in France, Italy, Spain and ( most memorably, to a TV audience of 8 million ) Bulgaria, performed at gigs (large & small) around the UK […]

Filed under: Biographical | Posted on May 1st, 2008 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Better Off Inside? The State of Britain’s Prisons

If the residents of British prisons could vote in elections, they probably wouldn’t at the moment choose Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He recently vetoed a proposed 38% increase in inmates’ pay  (from £4 to £5.50p per week) just one day before it was due to take effect. The rate hasn’t changed since the mid-1990’s, is […]

Filed under: Politics | Posted on May 1st, 2008 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

A Nation Of Workaholics: Britain’s ‘Long-Hours’ Culture

According to the 17th century French novelist, Francoise de Motteville “The true way to make ourselves happy is to love our work”. His compatriots today, though, don’t seem to share that view. Despite President Sarkozy’s attempts to make them think more ‘Anglo-Saxon’, over 50% of the French want to keep the current 35-hour week, remain […]

Filed under: Society | Posted on May 1st, 2008 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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