Allen Carr – an appreciation

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 29 November 2006. Here’s to Allan Carr, a self-help guru who talked sense and gave millions the strength to quit smoking. The anti-smoking guru Allen Carr has died of lung cancer, 23 years after having quit smoking and committed his life to helping others […]

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Bastard children of the Internet age

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 23 November 2006. In the political sphere, blogs are little different to the fake democracy of 1990s New Labour focus groups. In his paean to the blogosphere, David Cameron refers to 57 million bloggers as 57 million new newspaper editors. Of these, perhaps 56.9 million can be […]

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Can liberal arts education save university physics?

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 21 November 2006. Reading University has decided to close its loss-making physics department. Should we be concerned, and what can we do about the crisis in university physics education? As expected, Reading University’s ruling council voted on Monday to close its physics department when […]

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Bring on the Baccalaureate

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 8 November 2006. Yet another report recommends scrapping A levels and replacing them with the Baccalaureate. Will the government listen this time? Science education has been much in the news of late. Moaners have decried the state of science education in Britain’s schools, and […]

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New whines in old bottles

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 3 November 2006. When millions are happy to give up privacy in return for loyalty card points, how are we supposed to defend fundamental freedoms? Yesterday saw the publication of a report by Britain’s Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, who calls for a public debate […]

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