Southbank flower power

As part of the 60th anniversary Festival of Britain celebrations, yesterday afternoon a group of south east London cyclists decorated their bikes with artificial flowers, and headed to the Royal Festival Hall on the south bank of the River Thames. The event was a recreation of the floral parade which took place in Haringey during […]

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It’s WAR on obesity

Such a belligerent age we live in. While distant peoples battle against oppressive regimes, we in the west, with our lives of blameless bourgeois domesticity and general ennui, feel left out. The best we can can up with is a war on obesity. The war will be fought with government regulation and taxes on foodstuffs […]

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Casting a cloud over climate

They have been a long time coming, but results are finally in from the CLOUD experiment at CERN. CLOUD is a particle physics study designed to test an hypothesis that atmospheric aerosols which play a key role in cloud formation are generated in the air by cosmic rays, which are modulated by natural variations in […]

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Simon Jenkins: “My part in Gaddafi’s downfall”

Coming soon in your favourite English liberal-left organ of renown, star columnist Simon Jenkins explains how the power of the professionally written word sealed the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s despotic and potty regime. And with a rhetorical flourish, Jenkins will also argue that he was right all along to oppose the NATO military campaign in […]

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Warning: too much sun may cause confusion

There is an interesting article in the BBC News science section which illustrates the difficulty in explaining space and climate phenomena that involve complex and overlapping cause-effect chains. In this case the result could be confusion for some readers. If you fall into this camp, I recommend that you take time to read the piece […]

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Forget about searching for the next Brian Cox

In my crabbier moments I might use such a headline as an excuse to whinge about the current Brian Cox – award-winning megastar pop-science television presenter. But not right now, for I have a comment to make which follows from an article (or rather a few articles) in the latest issue of the journal Communicating […]

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Britain backs the euro

The headline above may seem a little odd, given the UK’s longstanding antipathy to Europe’s common currency, but it is nonetheless true. Britain would be up an even shittier creek outside of the European Union, and without a strong strong euro. Sterling is weak, and while freely traded on the open market, it tends to […]

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Ah, but it was, Mr Robinson, it was

Sneering at the sonorous drivel of lying bastard politicians didn’t start with Jeremy Paxman; it began with the likes of Robert Robinson, who has just died, aged 83. Robinson, that quintessential English gentleman and master of the combover, went on to become a living legend as the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Brain of Britain. RIP […]

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