The Curse of Kinnock strikes Denmark (part 2)

With an eye on the Danish bond market, and as prelude to a takeover of the brewer of what is probably the world’s most indifferent beer, China’s Xinhua news agency reports that the Dagong Global Credit Rating company has downgraded the rating of Denmark from AAA to AA+, though with “a stable outlook”, which is […]

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Should scientific institutes use social media?

I have just returned from a visit to the Scottish Marine Institute near Oban on the west coast of Scotland. Among the matters discussed was whether scientific research institutes such as the SMI should use social media to get their message across. This blog post contains my initial thoughts on the matter, and its content […]

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Manaakitia mai Aotearoa

I am UK born, but that means nothing in itself. To me at least. For reasons of upbringing and fond memory, I consider myself to be part of the New Zealand diaspora in these beautiful if soggy, distempered and disunited isles of the north. And today reinforces that.

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Galileo is a go (but not yet enough for a fix)

Once dubbed the “Common Agricultural Policy in the sky”, by an unoriginal and unfunny British politician the name of whom has long been forgotten, after countless years and billions of euros, the first two Galileo navigation satellites – Europe’s answer to the America’s GPS – have been launched into orbit… Now I’ve long been in […]

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Dale Farm – the final battle

Now let me see if I’ve got this straight. The UK state, in the hands of its rightful proprietors, the Conservative and Unionist Party, is intent on overhauling planning laws so as to boost economic growth and facilitate housing development on non-urban land. As part of the government’s so-called ‘localism’ agenda, which is made possible […]

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Dr Hoo’s autumn outing

Saturday began with a dawn mist lying thick and low over Blackheath, crystal clear air, and a bright waning moon high in the sky. By eight o’clock, four had gathered at Cutty Sark Gardens for an all-day ride to and around the Hoo Peninsula. Those present included Bermondsey Bill, Honor Oak Jane, and Adam, a […]

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London cyclists show Boris how it should be done

Evening rush hour in London yesterday saw Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames blocked by 2,500 cyclists in a flash protest conducted with the cooperation of the Metropolitan Police. The velopedal throng rode in slow formation from south to north and back again, before dispersing. The point of the demonstration was to highlight the absurd […]

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Better an active old fart than a lazy youth

An active 50-year-old can be as fit as a couch potato 20-something, according to Ulrik Wisloff and his colleagues at the Norwegian University of Science’s Jebsen Center. Their study shows that by increasing the intensity of exercise, one can overcome metabolic syndrome, a set of risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. […]

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Shining light on the cold winter conundrum?

Richard Black is right to caution early in his BBC News article today that variations in ultraviolet (UV) light from the Sun have no impact on global warming. That is indeed so, but I would go further and advise you not to read much into research published yesterday which shows that changes in UV radiation […]

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Greenwich Cyclists do the Hoo

Details of a forthcoming cycle ride that I shall be leading for Greenwich Cyclists… Where: Hoo Peninsula When: Saturday 15 October 2011 @ 08:00 Meet: Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW Enjoy this delightful if slightly peculiar corner of Kent before Bonkers Boris annexes the territory to Greater Londinium! Join Greenwich Cyclists for a 130-ish kilometre […]

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