globalism

Forum 2004 is an event that Barcelona City Council hopes will turn into a re-run of the 92 Olympics in terms of reputation and inward investment. Billed as an anti-globalist fest, it’s all got into a bit of trouble because previously advertised bill-toppers like Klein, Chomsky, and Sonntag seem have said either no or nothing.…

Brief history of the decline and fall of the fig

I want to illustrate at ridiculous speed the change in status of Ficus carica – once found outside the back door of farmhouses around the Mediterranean – over the last couple of thousand years. Since you’re all familiar with Genesis 3, I’ll start a bit later, with the Ethiopic version of the Apocalypse of Peter.…