This is an extract from my Russia diary which will be published later this year.
16-2-20 Production Targets
My language school has required (you cannot say asked) me to take on a new class. The new class is scheduled to run back to back with an existing class. Both classes are 1.5 hours long. So, I will have to teach one class and then immediately move to the other class. How exactly I am expected to complete the paperwork and tidy up after the first class and then set up for the next class in no time at all is not explained. Continue reading “Production Targets. Do the Russians need to be be mentored?”
The vast majority of psychotherapists and counsellors are frauds and con-artists in it for the money and an easy life. It is just not possible when you consider the scale of little lies they have to tell themselves and their clients to see them as misguided do-gooders, however much one would want to.
The literature of psychotherapy adopts a peculiar and specialised language. Like, for example, legal documents, or certain business discourses (e.g. oil futures) the discourse is specialised and makes few concessions to be be intelligible to the layperson. It appears to pertain to a specialised ‘discourse community’. Specialised ‘discourse communities’ use their own language which is often at least somewhat impenetrable to outsiders because they are communicating about a specialised subject which the members of the discourse community have a special knowledge of. They don’t need to take the trouble to add the additional layer of explanation for the lay reader because these are technical documents intended for internal consumption by the community talking about their specialised field. Continue reading “Therapeutic discourse [Psychotherapy]”
According to the Guardian Public Health England has told students at the University of York – where one student has fallen ill with coronavirus – that the affected student “did not come into contact with anyone on campus whilst they had symptoms of the virus”. This message was, according to the Guardian, sent to students by the University but the text of the message was created by Public Health England. Continue reading “Why is Public Health England lying about coronavirus?”
Liberals hate Russia, Russians and Putin. They hate Putin because he is a somewhat authoritarian figure who has been immensely successful in uniting and leading Russia. Under his rule the economy has strengthened and stabilized – strong enough to weather the storm of Western sanctions and a collapse in world oil prices and still show modest growth. The country continues to be modernised and infrastructure developed. Corruption at a senior level has been tackled. All this can be confirmed by reading the work of experts from e.g. the OECD. Don’t get your picture about Russia from delusional hate-mongers like Tisdall. Continue reading “Simon Tisdall spews garbage about Russia in the Guardian”
Therapists entrap their clients when their clients are at a low point and are emotionally vulnerable. The advertising does this in a completely naked way – focussing on what are, for many people, difficult times in their lives; bereavement, losing a job, splitting up with a partner and so on. At these times peoples’ self-confidence can often be at a low ebb. They are susceptible to the blandishments of the therapists and counsellors. Of course; what people who respond to these adverts really want is a bit of warmth, some companionship. They are lonely. If they had a strong circle of real friends they would not have been browsing the therapy ads. in the first place. And so; they are sucked in. Continue reading “Therapy – [Therapy]”
The Guardian (for various reasons the paper this writer reads most often) is continually full of stories about people in poverty. There are more stories about food banks than there are stars in the sky. And “homeless” children (who it usually turns out are in fact being housed in a hostel at public expense). And people (this is one of their favourite story lines) “who have to choose between eating and heating”. And so on. Continue reading “The “austerity” crisis in the UK – it is not what it seems”