George Orwell

Budget 2014 Takes Doublespeak to New Depths

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

With a budget that achieves the exact opposite of the objectives the Chancellor has set himself we are all wondering what will come out of the Ministry of Truth next. A Localism Act that centralises planning perhaps; or a Big Society that cuts benefits for the poor and vulnerable?

Orwell's 1984 Reimagined for the Post-Snowden Age at the Almeida Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In this post-Snowden age, where privacy it seems is all but dead, a reinterpretation of Orwell's Big Brother and the omnipresent surveillance state certainly has a lot to offer. But this production at the Almeida is over-engineered, with high concept overwhelming the text, creating an inconsistent, uneven show.

A New Clear Fusion: How to Save the Music Industry

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Take a look in HMV and tell me what you see. For while the conveyor belt of the craven book publishing world rolls on, the art world preens and lumbers in search of the next concept, and our once glorious world of music has had its guts ripped out by the internet. Yet the musician persists in his efforts to have the cloth-eared hear his songs.

Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, To Deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower who revealed the extent of American and British surveillance programmes, is to give Channel 4's alternative Chris...

The Tory Approach to 'Stock Management' in Animal Farm UK

Rob Atkinson | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

Ultimately, in this nightmare scenario, there will be many thousands more poor, sick, disabled or simply old people who will die in the name of stock management - for want of fair government for all.

The Album That Changed My Life

Hugh Carswell | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Carswell

That evening, at the piano in my Islington flat, the notes that came out were from Jura. I can't really explain how or why, I know it probably sounds barking mad. It was like the island was calling me saying 'I'm here, I've always been here, so come if you need me'.

News Punch: Orwellian Dystopia Homesick Blues

Marc Paterson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Quite a week for Orwellian Dystopia fans. News Punch is SCARED! Jedward and the stars of TOWIE should be terrified as... Theresa May to criminalise, ...

Unlikely Tattoos: David Dimbleby Has A Scorpion, What Did Churchill & Orwell Have?

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

UPDATE: David Dimbleby's Scorpion Tattoo Doubles As An HIV Symbol In The Gay Community (PICTURE) You’re never too old to be inked. And at the age...

Russell Brand and Robert Webb: Two Comedians of Liberty

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

The appeal of Russell Brand's revolutionary ramblings lies in the paradox at the heart of this idea. Like every other ideology that came before it, negative liberty appears to transcend every other ideology.

George Orwell, The Daily Mail and Who Really Hates England

Martin Moore | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Martin Moore

One such author and journalist, writing at the same time as a young Ralph Miliband, was highly critical of aspects of England and Englishness. The English 'are not gifted artistically' he wrote. The English 'are not intellectual'. They have, he wrote a 'world-famed hypocrisy'.

Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

We need a much larger, open public debate to determine the balance between security and liberty in a digital age. But too many sensible opponents are disposed to calling surveillance measures 'Orwellian'... regular refrain to our most celebrated dystopian nightmare is not helpful.

1984 Is Only a Year Away

Ian Wood | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Wood

It's perhaps appropriate that the biggest news this month, a month that marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell, is a story about privacy. What would Orwell, whose dystopian novel 1984 painted a nightmare vision of a society under constant surveillance, have to say about the current scandal engulfing the U.S. and British security services?

Social Media is Destroying our Ability to be Social

Jason A Murdock | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Tech
Jason A Murdock

The world has changed, didn't you get the memo? We have become digitised, and we live in a world now defined by IP address statistics and pictures of what you had for breakfast. Social media in its current form has changed the way we live our lives, and perhaps we are so far down the rabbit hole it is too late to turn back.

'Skint': Scunthorpe, Lies and Videotape..?

Paul Drury | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

Unfortunately, the filmmakers visiting Scunthorpe wasted a wonderful opportunity to shed light onto a world we don't often see on television and examine some of the reasons behind this. Instead they choose to reinforce some highly damaging opinions held about Britain's poor and unemployed people.

That Mr Men Speech and Why Mr Gove Is Not Mr Right

Hilary Robinson | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

Having gone to a comprehensive school in an area of considerable social depravation I can speak for talented teachers who were specially selected for their ability to maintain control and to enthuse their students with imaginative and inspired ideas.

Revisiting the Moon Under Water: The Perfect Pub

Nicholas Cooper | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Cooper

I've always believed that a pub which can offer me a quality beer that I've never heard of is onto a good start, and anywhere I can walk in and see something on draught that surprises me is doing even better. Anywhere offering a combination of Carlsberg, Carling and Strongbow and not much else is simply not going to cut it.

Confessions of a First Year Student - 'I Felt Just Like Ke$ha'

Eve Betts | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Betts

The constant anxiety of what soap opera dramas awaited me at university didn't exactly help matters. I've been considering selling the movie rights of my university life to Universal Studios, on the grounds that I will be played by Audrey Tautou (she'll have to wear seven inch heels) and that The Killers must be used in the opening sequence.

Bukowski and the Down-and-Outs

Tom Ward | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ward

What are the chances of really becoming a commercially and critically successful author in 2013? For me personally, the idea of being a down-and-out writer living in a bedsit hasn't had to become a reality just yet. This is due to still living at my parents' home.

Orwell Would Have Liked Photoshop

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

Under the blitz of current Orwell stuff in the media there's a recurring theme: what would the great man have made of the present day, and how right was he about the modern world? Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers. Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers: Doublespeak (modern political/managerial jargon?), Telescreens (TV, especially those tuned to the Big Brother house on Channel 5!), Napoleon, the revolutionary-turned-authoritarian pig from Animal Farm.

Straight Out of the Movies: Real-Life Gadgets Inspired by Film

Sophie Baker-Britton | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Tech
Sophie Baker-Britton

In our age where life mimics art, you can be sure that each new gadget Hollywood dreams up will not remain a dream for very long. As technology catches up with imagination, the coolest devices move very quickly from the big screen into our own hands.

Clear Prose Lover or Sesquipedalian? Or, Can I Love Will Self and George Orwell Simultaneously?

Carl Packman | Posted 24.03.2013 | Home
Carl Packman

We in the UK are often told that GCSE's are too easy and that standards are slipping. Quoted in the Daily Mail, the nerve centre of decent, honest rep...

'Gay Marriage Plans Are Undemocratic And A Shambles'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK

The Archbishop of Westminster has described the Government's plans for gay marriage as undemocratic and a "shambles". Vincent Nichols, the leader ...

Apocalypse, How? 21 December 2012 (Not) the End of The World

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 08.02.2013 | Home
Ellen Grace Jones

In cultural terms the tiresome doom-and-gloom connotations stem from misguided interpretations of the calendar. It never meant, 'the end of the world', moreover, 'the end of the world as we know it.'

Premium Travel in...Jura, Scotland

Raj Gill | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Raj Gill

First stop the Jura Lodge to drop off our luggage and to freshen up. The Lodge is part of the distillery, and is housed over to the side of it. The first floor has four double bedrooms, and the second floor has an open plan kitchen with lounge area, and a private lounge off to the side.

Movember Inspiration: Facial Hair's Greatest Cultural Icons

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home

This Movember, why not use your charity fundraising moustache to mimic some of the greatest cultural figures from history? If it sounds like a tall...