About AA

Hello. I am an academic from Ireland, working in the UK higher education sector, who wishes to engage in lively discussion on the world of academia, politics and culture. The gravatar I use is not me, of course, but the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937).  I started this blog about 6 years ago withe naive intent to maintain anonymity. That didn’t last very long at all. Still, why change the name? (Although I notice that some academic group somewhere in the UK set up their own blog much later on, which they called Academics Anonymous. Cheeky or what?)

  1. Rabelais says:

    You do realise that the in picture of you clutching the red flag, you look uncannily like Jason Donovan? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good look.

  2. Excuse me, Rab! You mean, Comrade Jason Donovan from that Bolshevik propaganda vehicle, Neighbours? Hmmm. I didn’t realise the uncanny similarity. Still, you’re right. It is a good look. Pity I had to crop it, though. The full frame shows Comrade Jason smashing his fist down on a board room table, terrorising the plutocrats sitting around it. I must try that at the next Faculty Board. It would certainly surprise them. But would it backfire on me? I’d probably wreck my hand and spoil the moment with a call for a doctor.

    Anyway, I’m trying to get a translation of the slogan on the flag. I think it has something to do with the third world.

    • Rabelais says:

      You do realise that you now look like John Sessions in that TV docu-drama about the Italian Marxist they put in prison. I preferred it when you looked like Jason Donovan

  3. Neil says:

    Great blog. I started one the month after you (though it isn’t a hundredth as good) – http://www.smiledontfrown.me.uk Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks, Neil. Glad you like it because it’s not easy getting established and known. For a while, I wondered what the point was but then my latest post on Panorama has attracted a lot of attention. My blogger friend, Rabelais, told me it’s like tending to a garden – you’ve got to keep working on it and add lots of colour to encourage cross pollination! I had a look at yours and you’re certainly vexed by many of the same issues. I must visit soon and read your stuff on John Simpson. In the meantime, I’ve linked you in my blogroll! Keep the flag flying!

  4. Michael herbert says:


    I would like to recommend the following blog for addition to the links on your blog…


    kind regards

    M Herbert

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