Charles Cowling
You can tell how developed a society is by the price it puts on life. Could, rather. In the most developed societies there’s a re-evaluation going on. The Office of National Statistics calculates that death is now preceded by the unendurable prospect of an average 10 years’ chronic illness or
Charles Cowling
Here’s a nice biz opp for someone in the UK: a jobs review site. Wossat? It’s a site where people leave anonymous reviews about the company they work for. Very useful for people thinking about working for that company. Over in the US they have a few of these sites.
Charles Cowling
Over in Apple Valley, Ca, Stephen Atmore, 11 years retired from the local phone company, has gone back to work. He’s opening a crematorium in a strip mall and trying to get his head around it: “I still wake up every morning asking myself why I am doing this.” Like
Charles Cowling
Good to see that Malcolm McLaren will be going out in the anarchic style he did so much to popularise. We are all invited to observe a minute of mayhem at noon on Thursday. More funeral arrangements here.
Charles Cowling
There’s a good piece over at Salon magazine which I’ve been holding over for a while to use on a slow news day in Deathworld. This is such a one. And what follows is a lot more nourishing than a bit of tittle-tattle. The piece is by Fred Branfan and
Charles Cowling
Video by Dean Martyn for his degree show 2008 Listeners to this week’s edition of Radio 4’s hilarious News Quiz hooted from the outset when the programme kicked off with this announcement from the Whitby Gazette: Does your Mum deserve an evening of pampering which will make her feel like
Charles Cowling
Following on from the last two days’ posts, here’s another on the same theme. It’s a story in today’s Sunday Telegraph. Sorry, no link, they don’t seem to have archived it yet. Residents near a funeral parlour in Tonbridge, Kent, claim they are being made miserable because covered bodies are
Charles Cowling
If you didn’t catch Rupert’s delightfully unbuttoned comment on yesterday’s post, have a look. The interesting thing about the death deniers is that they don’t just put their hands over their ears and count noisily to ten until you stop. Whether death is the Old Enemy or just a Disgusting
Charles Cowling
Ever heard of Jane Jacobs? I hadn’t til this morning. I’m a fan already. I live in Redditch, a new town which must have looked great on paper but turned out a brutal, car-clobbered flop – even before a majority of misguided citizens voted in the felonious Jacqui Smith as
Charles Cowling
Nice crazy story from the US, where the townspeople of Tracy City, TN, have just thrown out their mayor by electing a dead one instead. What an admirably creative protest vote. Read it here.