Sykes on science journalism

Apologies for the light posting of late, but to be honest I really can’t be arsed. I shall instead take the lazy blogger’s option and flag something interesting I saw a a while back in the mainstream media™. In this case it was by scary woman Kathy Sykes in New Scientist, ticking off those who […]

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There is no “obesity epidemic”

In the issue of Nature to be published tomorrow is a very interesting article which discusses the causes and control of excess body weight. Contrary to the simplistic arguments presented by militant carrot nibblers on the one hand, and those who claim that obesity has little or nothing to do with overeating, Rockefeller University geneticist […]

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BBC angst resurfaces over Middle East reporting

The BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen was last month hauled over the coals by the corporation’s trustees over an article he wrote on the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and its political consequences. That piece broke the rules on journalistic accuracy and impartiality, said the trust. The two complaints which led to ruling were made by […]

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Turkey evolving

It is fashionable in some circles to ridicule Turkey owing to the vocal minority of that country’s citizens who proclaim their support for creationism, and attack “Darwinists” at every opportunity. There is a problem with attitudes among some Turks to modernism and scientific reason, and, as far as politics is concerned, no-one in their right […]

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Master of all I survey

With one word I could have obliterated the old Naval College… This photo was taken from the bridge of the British aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, during its PR visit to Greenwich over the weekend. Tours of the ship were open to select local groups, in my case officials of Greenwich Council and their families/companions. It […]

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Stop picking on our poor parliamentarians!

Sir, It’s all a storm in a teacup, this parliamentary expenses scandal cooked up by a younger generation of moralising, muckraking and generally clueless journalists with an over-inflated sense of their public importance. We are all partial to the occasional (and entirely reasonable) expenses fiddle and tax avoidance exercise, so why pick on our MPs? […]

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Proof that blogging is parasitical on the mainstream media

It’s been said by a number of commentators that blogging depends for its existence on the mainstream media. In terms of news reporting, blogging contributes little original content, say the critics, despite the odd scoop driven by ideological agendas and personal vanity. So far that has been opinion backed up by often sketchy and selective […]

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Sunshine and smiles at Rochester Sweeps 2009

Last weekend saw the annual festival of Morris dancing and associated goodness known as Rochester Sweeps. I was there on Saturday afternoon, and also briefly on Sunday following a cycling tour of the Hoo Pensinsula. On the Saturday I had my decent camera with me, and took a few shots of Morris and clog dancers […]

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Frisky frogs of the Hoo

I can hardly feel my legs today, following a 160 kilometre cycle ride on Sunday from Blackheath to Gravesend, then around the Hoo Peninsula, taking in Allhallows and the Isle of Grain. From there, I and a velopedist companion proceeded to Rochester for the Morris dancing at the Sweeps Festival, and finally I made my […]

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Happy Beltane!

Today is the beginning of the summer, in pastoral terms. But even if you live in the middle of a city, you surely have cause to celebrate the turning of the season. A happy Beltane to you all! This morning I shall be taking a leisurely walk in an old wood on the border of […]

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