Category: current affairs

Rupert Murdoch Clobbered by U-Plu
Rupert and Wendi: A Perfect Match I wrote a piece about Rupert Murdoch a couple of years ago, because he’s a fascinating character. At the time I wondered what had happened when Pluto went over his Ascendant  — and how come he was still standing – since he seemed to be doing OK at [...]
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Free Nelson Mandela
The angels are calling Nelson Mandela. He may not go yet, but they are very close. When a death is at the right time, often Jupiter, the planet of benevolence and generosity arrives, ready to shepherd the soul on its journey. Mandela’s Jupiter Return is on June 3Oth. When Mandela was [...]
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Turkey: A Question Of Identity
Agia Sofia: layers of meaning Photo: Osvaldo Gago, wikimedia commons If you stand still in the middle of the vast space of the Agia Sofia, Istanbul’s great mosque/church, as the masses of tourists swirl around you and the silvery light filters from high up windows, you can almost feel [...]
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Some American Aprils
The “Minutemen”, American revolutionaries ready to snatch up their weapons at a moment’s notice, confront the redcoats. Their flexibility, speed and the urgency of their cause was a big factor in their victory. Allied to the fact that they were on home territory. Even though [...]
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Lance Armstrong: Another Conspiracy of Silence
It turns out that the seven-times Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong cheated. Apparently, he was doped up to the eyeballs, bullied other team members into joining him and lied and lied and lied. The US Anti-Doping Agency says Armstrong was the leader of “the most sophisticated, [...]
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Hillsborough: Corruption and Shame
On that day, 41 Liverpool fans might have survived had those in charge acted more swiftly. It’s taken 23 years to expose the police cock-up that caused the Hillsborough Disaster – and the cover-up that followed. On that day in April 1989, 96 people were crushed to death in a football [...]
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Olympics: Looking Backward To See Forward
What with all those shiny bodies flinging themselves around giant stadiums filled with cheering crowds – the marching, the uniforms, the survival of the fittest, the faux-historical ceremonies – there’s always been more than a touch of fascism about the Olympics. Jesse Owens going for [...]
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Vesta and the Olympic Flame
As you probably know, Oxford is a World Heritage Site. There’s Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, St Giles… all beautiful, historic, and full of life, much used, much loved. Radcliffe Camera: probably one of the world’s most famous library annexes. The [...]
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Swindle Revealed
Those bankers are incorrigible: first they cheat, then they lie, then they try to cover it up, and then they shop each other. A charming bunch of people we have taking care of our money. It was revealed  today that traders at Barclay’s Bank have been fiddling the figures to make [...]
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Europe: When Bread Runs Out, Enter the Circus
About two thousand years ago, peace reigned across the Roman Empire. From Alexandria to the Hadrian’s Wall, all opposition had been crushed and people were able to trade, farm and prosper without fear of being molested by marauding barbarians. Meanwhile, in the bustling, wealthy, [...]
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Posts About Burma
To celebrate the sweeping victory of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party in yesterday’s election, I’m posting links to all the pieces I’ve written about her and her country over the past 18 months. Aung San Suu Kyi: Embodying the People’s Dream Burma: The Ugly Face of [...]
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A Weird Week in Politics
PM David Cameron was last spotted eating a Cornish pasty two years ago. Ooo – the spin doctors have been getting themselves in a twist this week here in Blighty. I’ll explain briefly for my non-UK readers. First, Chancellor George Osborne cut the top rate of tax for the very, very [...]
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Liberté, Egalité, Identité
The 1998 World Cup winning French football team was an emblem of French diversity. The National Front said it wasn’t “French” enough. France is having a weird and unnerving time of it. Everything that seemed certain about the country is being shaken, questioned and has yet to [...]
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Rebekah Brooks: Embodying Lilith
Rebekah Brooks: she made it up the greasy pole Oh, the irony. The woman who made a living dragging people’s good names through the mire is being dragged through it herself. Yesterday, she was arrested (again) at her home near Oxford. Rebekah Brooks was until last July the chief sewage [...]
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Who Has True Grit? Looking at War Correspondents’ Charts
War reporter Marie Colvin in Homs. Photo: Democratic Underground. Homs, Syria is a long way from Oxford, England. It’s on another continent, the people speak another language, have different customs than mine. They are in the midst of a bloody civil war. But the same sun rises, and then [...]
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9/11 Ten Years On
Here’s an old astrological truism: “the worst people have the best charts”. Look at the chart for the moment the first plane flew into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. It’s full of lovely, flowing harmonious aspects. Some terrible events also have [...]
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Gadaffi’s Exit
On Sept 1, 1969, Muammar Gadaffi and the Free Officers took over the government of Libya in a swift and efficient coup that ousted the monarchy and put Gadaffi in power for year and years and years. Tonight, forty-two years later, he’s out. Yes, dear readers, that is exactly one half of [...]
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The UK Riots: Mummy I’m Hungry
Ah the Sex Pistols… England’s finest Rioting is an English tradition…that’s why a Riot Act was passed in 1715. But what we riot about changes to reflect the spirit of the times. The theme of these 2011 riots? Extreme shopping. Extreme shopping with a bodycount (so far) of five. [...]
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Why I’m Not Surprised by the Riots
Brixton 1981 Well, what a welcome home. Back in October last year, I said we might get a royal wedding and riots in the coming months. Have a look at what I wrote  here. I came to this conclusion by using some simple but highly effective astrology. I noted that Saturn, the planet of [...]
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Crisis What Crisis: Current Transits to the UK Chart
For an excellent analysis of the impact of current transits to the UK chart, take a look at Newscope over at Neptune Cafe.
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