Dunwich or bust (or Dunwich and bust)

Later today I shall set off on a 200 kilometre cycle ride from London to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. The Dunwich Dynamo, in which I have a miniscule role in the organisation, is a turn-up-and-go ride with over 1,000 participants. It’s not a race, and the mixed-ability mass of riders will spread out over […]

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NUJ helps win Living Wage for London science interns

Cross-posted from Lewisham NUJ The UK’s premier science outreach body, the British Science Association, has following an appeal from a National Union of Journalists branch chairman agreed to raise the remuneration offered to interns from the National Minimum Wage (£6.08 per hour) to that of the London Living Wage (£8.30). This is a rise of […]

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Are journalists getting bored with Twitter?

Reform Luddite that I am, I view Twitter as something for people who cannot, or cannot be bothered to write. But one has to acknowledge that the microblogging platform is popular, and has become so at the expense of other online activities. For example, from what I understand, the rise of Twitter correlates closely with […]

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Of terrible errors and moral expediency

Brits love their celebrities, and even more so giving them a bloody good kicking. One should therefore not be surprised at the howls of outrage over the much-loved arsey comedian Jimmy Carr‘s use of a morally suspect though as far as we know legal tax avoidance scheme to hide his millions from Her Majesty’s Revenue […]

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Midsummer madness – greeting the solstice dawn

It’s three in the afternoon, and I’ve just got out of bed. But I have an excuse for this indulgent behaviour, for I was up all through the night, as part of my London Cycling Campaign activities, helping lead a large group of cyclists on a relaxed and convivial ride through central London to Primrose […]

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Science babes put girls off studying science

Television producers have an evident bias for young and beautiful presenters for science documentary programmes, and especially comely and exuberant females, preferably with PhDs. I’ve often wondered what effect this has on young people considering science as a career path. The thinking is that celebrity science babes should inspire the young, caught up as the […]

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Happy Bloomsday 2012!

Today is Bloomsday, the anniversary of that fine summer’s day in 1904, when an offal-loving, peregrinating Irish Jew turned Protestant Christian of Hungarian descent went for a stroll in Dublin, while his missus entertained herself at home in bed. That’s my synopsis of James Joyce’s Ulysses, for what it’s worth. Good book, so it is. […]

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Friday afternoon beetle blogging

Rescued earlier today by my stepfather Gordon Beamish after falling out of a tree by the Sun in the Sands pub in Kidbrooke (the critter, that is, not my stepfather)… He/she/it (how does one sex a stag beetle?) will be released back into the wilds of southeast London after a good lunch of lettuce, and […]

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Gove gets away with it while Hunt takes all the flak

The British government’s culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is a dead man walking. Any fule noes this, yet an inordinate amount of news broadcast and political documentary time is given over to the Hunt saga, while other important news gets buried. Take, for example, the rhetorical stabbing in the back of education secretary Michael Gove by […]

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Down with LOCOG and the horse it rode in on

Residents of the area around Greenwich Park in southeast London have received yet another missive from the Bondvillainesque body known as LOCOG – the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd. This is the quasi-state agency that has the power to ride roughshod over the interests and wishes of those living […]

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