Arctic Convoys finally receive recognition

Shortly before Christmas the UK prime minister’s office announced that veterans of Bomber Command and the Arctic Convoys will receive military decorations in honour of their wartime contributions. Yesterday in Parliament David Cameron went further, giving details of the medals and clasps to be awarded to Arctic Convoy and Bomber Command veterans, respectively. Who will […]

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Celebrity science UK

Politicians ‘picking winners’ is the antithesis of the science culture that has long had Britain punching above its weight within the international research community. Anyone with sense knows that doing away with the Haldane Principle is foolish, yet the new funding regime appears to be bedding in nicely, with government throwing money at graphene science […]

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Mithrasmas Mass and the need for amphibious bicycles

The Thames Path on Tuesday morning was almost as wet as the adjacent river. Torrential rain deterred many of those who had previously expressed an interest in joining the xmas day ride through London. Not even the promise of movie stardom could persuade them otherwise. For the 13 who departed from Cutty Sark Gardens in […]

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Of guns and promises

The Reverend Doctor Peter Hearty’s parody of Rowan Williams’ Thought for the Day broadcast this morning is as funny as ever. The current and soon-to-retire Archbeard of All England is something of an intellectual windbag, and he is rather fond of the pregnant pause. It must be the poet in him. But what did Williams […]

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The world it doth endure

Yep, still here… Spectacles, testicles, wallet and watch. All present and correct. The solstice has passed, and so has the apocalypse. Now where’s that to-do list?

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RIP Intellectual Property UK

Today sees the implementation of changes to the UK’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The revisions announced by business secretary Vince Cable will have a profound and in large part negative effect on the rights of intellectual property owners – those whose skill and time has gone into producing art, literature, journalism and other […]

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Mithrasmas Mass on the wireless

BBC Radio London 94.9FM will on Saturday morning feature the Mithrasmas Mass xmas day cycle ride as part of Robert Elms’ show, starting at 10:00. I’ve been asked to say a few words on air about the ride and its history. Listen if you will, and blog, tweet, advertise via your various networks.

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Twitching is good for the soul

Hitchcock fans may find them utterly terrifying, but birds could have a positive effect on human wellbeing. So says ecologist Natalie Clark from Reading University, who is leading a study into the links between avian wildlife and human happiness. “Most of us say we enjoy seeing wild birds in our local environments every day, be […]

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Happy birthday to the transistor

The transistor is 65 years old today, so many happy returns to the electronic component that in contrast to the biologic species which invented it gets ever smaller with the passing years. Without the transistor you would not be reading this on the interwebs. Nor would you have a mobile phone, a television, or much […]

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Mithrasmas Mass 2012 & Christmas in a Day

What: Mithrasmas Mass – a Christmas Day cycle ride in London When: Tuesday 25 December 2012 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW Esteemed Velopedists, The Southeast London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka Dog & Bell Crew) invites you to join many and various southeast London cyclists for the 11th Mithrasmas […]

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