Noam Chomsky is a very serious man

On Friday last, at the end of a post praising New Scientist‘s series exploring ways to make the world a better place, I said that I would make a further comment on this noble project. New Scientist asked various thinkers and doers to comment briefly on what they consider would improve the world. So far […]

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Time for a spot of international blaspheming

Tomorrow is Blasphemy Day International. Apparently. Not that I know much about this noble initiative, the promotion of which appears restricted to an obscure facebook page, the web forums of various indignant godbotherers, and enlightened saved ones who feign indifference to this slight on their Invisible Magic Friend. In these few words I’ve done my […]

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Englishmen banging sticks together in the autumn

Englishpersons banging sticks together is truly the pinnacle of human evolution, and it don’t get no better than this. Especially on such a glorious early autumn day in Chislehurst, Kent, in the garden of the Bull’s Head public house. The hosts for the afternoon were Blackheath Morris Men, who this weekend have been celebrating their […]

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Eid in da square, yo!

By my reckoning they’re a week or so late, but, for some reason best known to themselves, London’s muslims chose to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr (the festival which marks the end of Ramadan) today with an impressive rally in Trafalgar Square. I happened upon this event while cycling back from a shopping trip in the West End, […]

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Reasons to be cheerful (part 99)

New Scientist is currently running a four-week campaign exploring ways to make the world a better place. Going by the introductory editorial published in the 12 September issue of the magazine, and the articles I’ve read so far, I must say how impressed I am with the thinking behind and execution of a project which comes […]

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One man and his camel: fruitloop does stand-up at the UN

Entertaining he may be, but I’m not so sure about the desire of the British government and others to strengthen business ties with this man… Notice how the first interpreter has a bit of a brain fart, and is promptly removed from the scene. “Africa was coloninised, was buggid senseless…” The poor man’s replacement then […]

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A milky panorama

On a clear night you can see a band of diffuse light stretching across the sky that is the plane of the Milky Way. However, embedded within it as we are, it is difficult to get a sense of perspective when it comes to the galaxy as a whole. A panoramic image covering the entire […]

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Kentish summer redux

Last weekend saw an abrupt transition from summer to autumn in this neck of the woods. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning a biochemical switch flipped in the plant life of Kent, rapidly sucking moisture out of stems and leaves, and thus out of the air. That, and the wind switched from the stiff prevailing […]

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Of apples and autumn

Today is the autumn equinox: summer’s end and first day of the fall. I so enjoy this time of year, out cycling or walking in the countryside, watching the trees turn ever deeper shades of red and gold as the days of early autumn pass by. In Welsh mythology*, Mabon (Maponos/Maponus) was a hunter god […]

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Another success for London’s cycling street-fest

The Mayor of London’s annual Skyride mass cycle-in took place yesterday, with a 15-kilometre route taking in The Mall, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Square Mile and Tower Hill closed to motorised transport. In excess of 50,000 cyclists of all ages, abilities and states of physical and mental health took part in […]

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