Britain's biggest landlord bans 'coloured' people from renting properties 'because of the curry smell'

One of the UK’s biggest buy-to-let landlords has instructed agents acting on his behalf, not to let his properties to “coloured people”, because the smell of curry “sticks to the carpet”. Fergus Wilson's Kent property empire is thought to number around 1,000 homes in the Ashford and Maidstone areas. The 70-year-old has form for “offensive directives” regarding who can and cannot rent his properties.   At the start of the year, he told agents not to rent to battered wives, single parents, low income and zero hours workers, or plumbers.

This sort of thing will become more common in Brexit Britain. The Tory government mandates that landlords check the legality of tenants in England and despite the “Check all new tenants. It’s against the law to only check people you think aren’t British citizens” warning that’s exactly what will happen. Carte blanche for racists. And this was enacted before Brexit. Fortunately, this guy’s blatant discrimination should land him in court.


Outlander  → 1.05 Rent 

“The next morning as I watched them pack, I saw the men in a different light. Not criminals, but rebels. I wished I could tell them that they were on the losing side of history, that it was all a pipe dream. The Stuarts would never unseat the protestant King George II, but how could I tell them that, these proud, passionate men who lived and breathe for a flag of blue and white?”

Wherever natural forces can be monopolised and guarantee a surplus-profit to the industrial capitalist using them, be it waterfalls, rich mines, waters teeming with fish, or a favourably located building site, there the person who by virtue of title to a portion of the globe has become the proprietor of these natural objects will wrest this surplus-profit from functioning capital in the form of rent.
—  Marx - Capital Vol 3 Ch.46 1894
Quick Descriptions of Some Musicals

Hamilton: The Founding fuckboys Fathers in the form of highschool drama

Falsettos: Lots of Jews, lots of gay, lots of intense crying

Book of Mormon: Everyone is made fun of in this musical. Everyone.

Rent: Money is difficult, but so is AIDS and being gay

Phantom of the Opera: Mysterious man in a mask swoons you faster than you can say “Christine” no matter what your sexuality is

Newsies: Group of guys (that aren’t mormons) aren’t taking shit from no one (also the New York accent will stick with you, believe it or not)

Dear Evan Hansen: Sad musical about teen angst could never be so relatable

Wicked: Hey remember that one movie that comes on tv every now and then during the holidays that your parents reflect on? Yeah this is before that

School of Rock: Fake teachers and rebellious children who are all surprisingly talented

Reminder that this is what the minimum wage would need to be in order for a single person to simply rent a living space in each state.

A secondary reminder to ask yourself if you really believe American market capitalism will provide these more livable and just wages voluntarily without government intervention.

  • What I say: I love musicals!
  • What I mean: I've seen the same 5 musicals at least 20 times each. I want to watch other musicals because they all look so good but I always end up watching a different production of the same 5 musicals I've already seen. A musical marathon for me is watching the same musical on repeat for 10 hours. Help.

an incomplete list of LGBT+ characters in (fictional) period pieces [insp]

* much more prominent/explicit in the original book on which the film is based

musical theatre songs that i will literally stop my entire life to sing along to
  • ring of keys (fun home)
  • waving through a window (dear evan hansen)
  • non-stop (hamilton) 
  • la vie boheme (rent) 
  • spooky mormon hell dream (book of mormon)
  • come to the fun home (fun home) 
  • yorktown (hamilton) 
  • defying gravity (wicked)
  • 96,000 (in the heights)
  • satisfied (hamilton) 
  • take me or leave me (rent) 
  • dancing through life (wicked) 
  • king of new york (newsies)
  • revolting children (matilda) 
  • letters (natasha, pierre, and the great comet of 1812)
  • hasa diga eebowai (book of mormon) 
  • blackout (in the heights)
  • i’m alive (next to normal)
  • the schuyler sisters (hamilton)
  • carnaval del barrio (in the heights)
  • man up (book of mormon)
  • what is this feeling? (wicked) 
  • sincerely, me (dear evan hansen)
  • your fault (into the woods) 
  • we both reached for the gun (chicago)
  • one day more (les miserables) 
  • bad idea (waitress)
  • so much better (legally blonde)