A froody interlude

Reproduced without permission from the esteemed Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz… Oh freddled gruntbuggly,thy micturations are to meas plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee. Groop I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,and hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles, or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon.See if I don’t! Þær biþ anum frodige mon hwa […]

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Fukushima radiation tallies

With all the talk of new nuclear build, I’m surprised that UK media organisations beyond the Reuters news agency and Nature magazine have yet to pick up this story. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), few of those exposed to radioactive material […]

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Of gongs and sewers

Buried at the bottom of a report of Apple design chief Jonathan Ive’s knighthood – a deserved honour, given the creative output of the man who has given the world iThings aplenty – is a reference to another tapping of sword upon shoulders in Brenda’s Gaff yesterday. This was for Peter Bazalgette, the television producer […]

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Is the EU sabotaging Greece in advance of a Syriza victory?

Talk about talking down the economy. There is now no end of government ministers and special advisors commenting off-the-record, together with business journalists and market analysts beating their chests over the fate of the euro, and Greece’s future within the eurozone. All this wailing and gnashing of teeth is getting totally out of hand, but […]

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Cutting the line

BBC News Magazine has today published an article about the troubled descendants of Nazi war criminals. Featured in the powerful and moving piece by Frances Cronin are Rainer Höss, grandson of Auschwitz death camp commander Rudolf Höss, Katrin Himmler, great-niece of key Holocaust architect Heinrich Himmler, Monika Hertwig, daughter of Płaszów commander Amon Göth, and […]

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Lords to discuss food security

I see from a parliamentary press release that the Britain’s Lords and Ladies will on Thursday of this week debate the issue of food security. This follows in not so short order from a report on farming and food published a decade ago by a policy commission led by the aptly-named Lord Curry of Kirkharle, […]

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Olympic torch relay? I’d rather clean my toilet.

Here’s to the enterprising Truro roast pork seller who attempted to rename her market stall “Olympigs”, and fell foul of branding rules. This praise comes from a vegetarian! Otherwise, the Olympic torch relay through England’s southwest, or, for that matter, anywhere else in these benighted and economically stagnant isles, is of no interest to me. […]

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Just switch the damn thing off!

In an exquisite example of middle-class angst, the Observer yesterday ran a piece by Open University professor John Naughton, who discusses the curse of the ‘always on’ connectivity of office computer and smartphone messaging. I don’t mean to be hard on Naughton, for I broadly agree with the thesis that the so-called “cycle of responsiveness” […]

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Burn the Wapping Witch!

I must admit to a twinge of schadenfreude on hearing the news this morning that former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been charged along with her husband Charlie and diverse others with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. This is a serious criminal allegation which could lead to a substantial prison sentence […]

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