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Trans-substantial Catholics

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Poor Hanno

According to the pop-psychologist-pseudo-science writer Malcolm Gladwell in his magnum lite-opus, the Tipping Point we as a species need risk takers. Individuals who are willing to put it all on the line in pursuit of a goal will, if they […]


Intelligence and Happiness?

A while ago, the Inquisition pondered the nature of intelligence, and whether a certain outlook or attendant mental abilities are guides to or from happiness. This has been obliquely in the news of late…


Buried by the Sea

Its odd. Most graveyards in Connemara appear to be near water, if not actually right on the coast. Why? West Galway, or Connemara, has a lot of unused space. Admittedly, much of the land Connemara is industrially and agriculturally useless, […]


Cycling Two Abreast

Cycling two abreast in Ireland is legal, a protected practice, and it is safer.


Indoors / Outdoors (Defuse)

A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland


Nürnburg’s Extra Bombs

Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.


Law & Morality

The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.


Foy – The Bodiless Head

A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.


Coffee Haters

There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.


False Flags 2

False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.


Plastic 55 Years Ago

55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.


Cesare Borgia’s Party

The Pope, his son and fifty prostitutes – Cesare Borgia’s party.


Marriage – A Potted History

Marriage is thought by many to be a fixed rite, one which is immovable and inflexible. The truth is that it has not always seemed so…


Blinking Morse

The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.


Synecdoche

Synecdoche is a powerful, expressive linguistic device


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Smoking Kids

Much like the entire rest of the world, you have probably seen the smoking Indonesian toddler. Ever since Walter Raleigh helped spread the word about the world’s favourite health supplement (just look at those pictures) there have been enthusiastic and conscientious young ‘uns eager to ensure they meet their RDAs of essential nicotine nutrients, tars and carcinogens.

These children have even been lavished with positive encouragement. Robert Gibbings tells of his visit to a remote Pacific island with an un-named medical doctor and part-time entomologist, who spent his time traipsing the ocean like a latter-day Darwin. He bartered with the local children for spiders, one cigarette per sample, especially if alive and big. Two cigarettes were offered for a juicy, flea-infested rat.

Frederick Edward Maning went to New Zealand as part of the early influx of Europeans. He described the Maoris’ fondness for the weed, one hundred years before Robert Gibbings’ doctor was busy stunting the growth of Pacific islanders’ children; “I really do believe that the certainty of death will not stop any of the natives from smoking for more than a given time. I have often seen infants refuse the mother’s breast, and cry for a pipe until it was given them; and dying natives often ask for a pipe and die smoking. I can clearly perceive the young men of the present day are neither so tall, or stout, or strong as men of the same age were when I first came into the country; and I believe that this smoking from their infancy is one of the chief causes of this decrease in strength and stature.”

Bibliography
Over the Reefs and Far Away, Robert Gibbings, EP Dutton, 1949
Old New Zealand, Frederick Edward Maning, Adamant Media Corporation (2001 reprint), 1863
Far Green Fields, Ed. Bernard Share, Blackstaff Press, 1992

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