Of fog and cabbages

This past week I’ve been displaced from my comfort zone, which in geographical terms is the region of southern England taking in southeast London and northwest Kent. Much as I like the people of Lincolnshire – a friendly bunch who not only make eye contact with and verbally greet strangers in the street, but smile […]

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Positive illusions (or how mediocrity rules?)

With bourgeois society become mediocricy, and the latest financial crisis the result of greed, incompetence, foolhardiness and a whole load of other negative human qualities possessed of bankers and others in the financial sector and other positions of influence, it is timely to ask in scientific terms exactly how the bastards manage to get away […]

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So it’s farewell then, Lynn Margulis

Some quotes from the enfant terrible and rebel-with-a-cause of evolutionary biology, Lynn Margulis, who died on Tuesday of this week aged 73… “If science doesn’t fit in with the cultural milieu, people dismiss science, they never reject their cultural milieu! If we are involved in science of which some aspects are not commensurate with the […]

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Blatter bleh!

What does it take for Switzerland’s most infamous export Sepp Blatter to be forced to resign? Talk about tenacity! If the FIFA president were caught on camera buggering a cat, he would no doubt insist that we let him off with an apology and handshake. I foresee politicians the world over queueing up to seek […]

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Revolutionary narcissism

Until now I have said nothing, either in writing or in conversation with friends, about the “Occupy” protests underway in a number of the capitalist world’s major cities. The St Paul’s protest in London is ostensibly targeted at the city’s financial institutions, but in large part occupies land belonging to the Church of England, and […]

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Eleven

On the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year, I give you no pictures of poppies or graveyards, but a definite yes to the memory of all those who have fought, died or survived in wars, or are fighting, dying and surviving today in the many armed conflicts around the world. Military […]

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LOCOG caught attempting to rewrite history

Not content with riding roughshod over local communities and the democratic process, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games has been rumbled attempting to rewrite history. In airbrushing the World War II battleship HMS Belfast from an advertising poster portraying the city skyline, LOCOG has managed to upset a lot of people. People with […]

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The flame of hope, it doth splutter in England’s rain

There is carnage on Britain’s roads, Europe leaps from crisis to crisis, the Italian mob is baying for the blood of that nice Mr Berlusconi, and, tragedy of tragedies, a contrite New Labour spin doctor has kicked the bucket. And how do we fill our breakfast TV schedules? With a profound discussion of what would […]

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Global warming – the bottom line

It’s official – Earth is warming, and we have a pretty good idea of by how much and how fast it is warming. The figure is 0.9 ± 0.04 degrees Celsius since the mid-1950’s, according to the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, which last month published a comprehensive review based on 1.6 billion records from […]

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