Author Archives: biowrite

About biowrite

I am a writer specialising in non-fiction, particularly in assisting people with their biographies.

Highly recommended reading: COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

I direct readers of my blog to an excellent (and thoroughly referenced) article on Monthly Review: ‘COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital‘. It offers a comprehensive analysis of how the COVID-19 outbreak (and the inept handling thereof) is linked to the … Continue reading

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My response to devastating Batoka Gorge Dam scheme on Zambezi

UPDATE – 26 APRIL 2020: Deadline Extended Good news! The deadline for commentary, which was to have been 30 April, has been extended (due to COVID-19): COVID-19 Update In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Zambezi River Authority (the … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as sustainable palm oil. Cut it out of your diet, yes, but there’s more to be done.

Update 2 (afternoon, 4 April 2020): the fundamental issue is the way the debate is framed! Since posting the previous update, there has been a storm of commentary on Twitter. In fairness to those who support SPO, I am posting … Continue reading

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Two simple ideas for combating climate change

These ideas won’t save the biosphere, but they might make some difference… Several times a day I am distressed to see drivers sitting in their stationary, fossil fuel-powered vehicles, with the engines idling. It’s one thing to do this while … Continue reading

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Do Rich People Deserve to Be Rich?

Originally posted on Forgot About Keynes:
One of our abiding modern myths, as Russell Brand and George Monbiot explained in a recent episode of the Trews is: “that if you’re rich, you deserve to be rich and that story means that…

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Second time right, Mariella: two point one nine lies a day, NOT two point nineteen!

I am writing this as I listen to a BBC Radio 4 programme on children lying, presented by Mariella Frostrup. I was infuriated to hear her say that ‘people tell on average two point nineteen lies a day’ and relieved … Continue reading

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Letter by over 100 left-wing Jews supporting Chris Williamson removed by Guardian. Read it still here:

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
The Guardian newspaper has removed a letter from over 100 prominent left-wing Jews – including Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein and the actor Ed Asner – in support of Labour MP Chris Williamson against accusations of…

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A friend’s Brexit project

I had the honour of participating in a friend’s Brexit project, featuring portraits of people displaying their distress over Brexit and transcripts of what they have to say. Click on the image below to visit the site (and scroll down … Continue reading

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Ratner’s legacy business (Signet Group: H. Samuel/Ernest Jones): crap at recycling!

‘Total crap’ Gerald Ratner became notorious when he described one of his jewellery chain’s products as ‘total crap’, and unfavourably compared another to a prawn sandwich, after which the Ratner Group went into meltdown, slipped from his control, and was rebranded … Continue reading

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BBC fails to mention anti-Semitism interviewee is Friend of Israel

This morning BBC Radio 4 featured a long interview with Catherine McKinnell MP about the Labour Party’s supposed mishandling of the supposed crisis of anti-Semitism within it. (The real crisis, of course, is one of infiltration by hard-line Zionism.) As … Continue reading

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