Salty stars die young

While the health benefits of a low sodium diet in humans may be unclear, it appears that the amount of sodium in older stars has a strong effect on their physical condition. Sun-like stars live for billions of years, with greatly expanding waistlines in old age, a final burst of nuclear burning, and the puffing […]

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O Albion, Albion, wherefore art thou Albion?

And so it goes… Islamists murder an unarmed soldier; the ‘English Defence League’ goes on the march and the British National Party threatens same; Muslims are verbally abused and physically attacked in towns and cities across the land; mosques are graffitied by the functionally illiterate. Behold an age-old narrative of hate replayed. Only it gets […]

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Moral illiteracy descends upon Woolwich

My friend the Canadian journalist Terry Glavin writes of the cant and bullshit that invariably surrounds incidents such as the terrorist killing in Woolwich this week of soldier Lee Rigby. Terry makes some good points, marred only by his mis-definition of Woolwich as a London borough. I would have left this comment following Terry’s article […]

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On the “incident” in Woolwich

Woolwich is my manor. Back in the late 1970s I went to school close to John Wilson Street, and today often cycle down the road on my way to the ferry. The kitchen knife and meat cleaver-wielding youth with bloodied hands pictured in a video broadcast all over the interwebs is a product of the […]

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The space age thang

It speaks volumes about the neurotic British obsession with youth that an otherwise interesting lifestylee article on the UK’s first official European Space Agency astronaut carries the headline “Major Tim Peake says he is not too old to go into space”. What on Earth is that all about? I mean, the last thing you want […]

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Is the Venezuelan revolution going down the crapper?

Two months following the death of its little red leader Hugo Chávez, it looks as if his Catholo-Trostskyite revolution may not be so permanent after all. According to an Associated Press report, the “pink tide” at the top of Latin America is fast turning into a shit tide, with nary a sheet of toilet paper […]

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Clearing up a climate of misunderstanding

We hear much talk of a scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change, or at least we used to. Global warming has since fallen down the political agenda. At the same time there is a challenge to the thesis from mostly but not exclusively right-wing commentators who claim that there is no scientific consensus. They insist […]

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Cycle ride: The Delights of Newham, 18 May 2013

Where: The Delights of Newham (Greenwich feeder) When: Saturday 18 May 2013 Meet: 09:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) Our friends in Newham are currently running a series of Saturday rides, with support from the borough council. After speaking recently with Bernard McDonnell and Emma Harper of Newham Cyclists, […]

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O Canada, you are so polite.

Unable to sleep last night, I surfed the TV airwaves, alighting upon a SWAT-style police drama that within milliseconds revealed itself to be a Canadian effort. Flashpoint centres on the work of the fictional “Strategic Response Unit” of the Toronto Police, and it’s the usual funky combat fatigues, helmets, goggles, kneepads, assault rifles, pockets bristling […]

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29th place for British press freedom

Reporters Without Borders has just published its World Press Freedom Index for 2013. Apologies for being so parochial, but what immediately strikes me about this document is that it shows the United Kingdom in 29th place out of the 179 states listed. There are no obviously dodgy states above the UK in the latest press […]

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