Scots glass more than half full

UK census data from 2011 reveal that nearly two-thirds of people living in Scotland describe their national identity as “Scottish only”. Less than a fifth say they are “Scottish and British”, and one assumes that the remainder are either British, other or don’t know. That 62% of those living in a 21st century multi-ethnic and […]

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Cycle ride: Get your kicks on Route 66 (a tour of Thamesmead)

Where: Get your kicks on Route 66 (a tour of Thamesmead) When: Sunday 29 September 2013 Meet: 11:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW “Well if you ever plan to cycle west Just take my way that’s the highway that’s the best Get your kicks on Route 66″ [with apologies to the ghost of […]

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Hard panspermism – it’ll take more than a lifetime

Panspermia is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the cosmos, and is distributed by meteoroids, comets and interplanetary dust. As hypotheses go on the origin of life, panspermia is a perfectly reasonable one, and over the years it has received backing from a number of respected scientists. The idea has a number of variants, and […]

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London Cycling Campaign leadership election 2013

Voting for the election of five members of the London Cycling Campaign board of trustees opens today, closing with the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 19 October. There are in total 10 members of the board, with five elected annually, each serving for a two-year term. I am standing for election to the LCC board […]

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An unfunny old war – Simon Jenkins goes off the rails

Being a jobbing journalist in an age in which journalism has been screwed over by parsimonious media bosses and consumers – and let’s not forget journalists themselves – I can fully understand the need to push the envelope when it comes to attracting attention. But oftentimes it gets a bit silly, and now and then […]

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It’s not just Bashar al Assad who’s morally depraved

After my friend Terry Glavin… [The ‘anti-war’ movement] is a universe so morally depraved that atrocities on the scale of the Japanese Imperial Army’s 1937 Rape of Nanking merely served as the backdrop for a promenading and a primping about [insert your country name here]‘s reputation as peacekeepers abroad. Read the rest, and weep for […]

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Cyclists a threat to HGVs, says haulage industry lobbyist

On the day that a woman cyclist is dragged under the wheels of a lorry and killed in Dulwich, and London mayor Boris Johnson announces a plan to fine HGV operators whose vehicles are not fitted with safety gear, Karen Dee of the Freight Transport Association denounces the proposal, adding… “We need to see cyclists […]

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The royal worms

Ach, the indignity of it! If it’s not bad enough having one’s mortal remains unearthed from underneath a municipal car park in Leicester, of all places, one is then subjected to humiliation by science media, with a report that one’s royal intestines were riddled with roundworms, and an implication that the infection was the result […]

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FOGWOFT doth tweet

Further to my recent announcement of the imminent launch of the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels community group, I am delighted to inform you that as of this morning FOGWOFT has a Twitter feed.

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