Beware of the pig!

Hwch ddu gwta a ladi wen heb ddim pen, Hwch ddu gwta a gipio’r ola. Hwch ddu gwta nos g’langaea, Lladron yn dwad tan weu sana. A tailless black sow and white lady with no head, A tailless black sow snatches the hindmost. A tailless black sow on winter’s eve, Thieves coming along knitting socks. […]

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Churnalism and journalistic compromise

Anthony Cox points to a recent post by science blogger APGaylard concerning a complaint to the BBC about an alleged case of “churnalism” on the corporation’s news website. This Cox defines as “rewriting press releases rather than news reporting”. I’m afraid there is no clear boundary between churnalism and serious news reporting, and I cannot […]

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On dense matter and dense language

The UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has this week published a press release about some fascinating new research into the physics of condensed matter. By looking at the scattering of X-ray laser light from a compressed sample of lithium metal, STFC and Oxford University scientists have found that ultra-dense matter exists in a […]

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Earth and stone in the US election

Would General Colin Powell make a good President of the United States? In my view he would make an outstanding president. But would he be elected? Possibly not. This has nothing to do with popular feeling about America’s most famous black soldier. Powell shines as a diplomat and military commander, but from what I can […]

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Where are the Polish plumbers when you need them?

The American tourist who spent $30m on a trip to the International Space Station (ISS) won’t be pleased that the Russian crapper installed on the orbiting tin can has failed once again. “The problem appears to be a [gas] separator issue.” said NASA spokesman John Ira Petty. And this no doubt with a smug look […]

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Farmland birds coping well with wind farms

With conservationists concerned with the impact of wind farms on water birds and raptors in coastal and upland areas, there are increasing numbers of applications to site turbines on farmland. What effect will this socially divisive renewable energy technology have on the avian communities that inhabit low-lying, inland areas? Conservationists who are for whatever reason […]

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Boyo exposed

I hereby refer you to the Normblog profile of one of my very favourite bloggers, Martin Morgan, the Welsh who writes irregularly but entertainingly and at epic length as “No Good Boyo”. Our Martin is a journalist and Mahler aficionado (this is just about forgivable) who hails from the nondescript north Walian market town of […]

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Englishman likes to talk about the weather

If you’re at a loose end, and are of a particularly masochistic temperament, you might like to take a peak at an interview with English aristocrat and king-in-waiting Mr Charles Windsor (née Saxe-Coburg-und-Gotha), in which the “Prince of Wales” discusses his longstanding interest in the weather. Mr Windsor is apparently most concerned by global warming. It really […]

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It’s all about character, says Cameron

Spot the toffers time! It’s all about character, says Old Etonian, Old Bullingdonian and former PR man. And breeding, naturally (or unnaturally, as you please). Oh yes. The original photograph of David Cameron and chums in their Bullingdon Club attire, no doubt taken prior to going out on the town in Oxford, getting completely rat-arsed, […]

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