Somerset floods – divine retribution for Tory climate change heresy

Flood waters inundating farmland in the Somerset levels of southwest England are the result of climate change scepticism at the heart of the Conservative government, or so implieth Damian Carrington in the Guardian. The guns are out for environment secretary Owen Paterson, who once declared that man-made global warming is nothing but a load of […]

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Relativity for hacks

Earlier this week I was asked by an NUJ colleague to explain relativity theory in terms that as a mere wordsmith she could readily comprehend. I thought about it for a while, and came up with the following brief explanation… “The speed and efficiency of trade union activity has a strictly limiting value. As this […]

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Behold the Spectacle, 21st century style

It is not often that I quote the ever-groaning Grauniad pundit George Monbiot, but today I cannot help it, for yesterday he was in fine form. In a column which focuses on the rise of the plutocrats in contemporary democracy, and the nature of consumer freedom, Monbiot opines… “The question is not confined to politics. […]

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Fogwoft inspection of Greenwich Foot Tunnel refurbishment work

Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels members Mary Mills, Ian Blore, John Phillips and I were yesterday given a hard-hatted tour of the Greenwich foot tunnel refurbishment works. Our host Mike Neill explained clearly and in considerable detail the process currently underway, and spoke about structural engineering issues, tunnel wall tiles and the electronic […]

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Mr Hogwart groans no more

So it’s farewell then, Simon Hogwart, 67 13⁄24, journalist of this parish. On occasion you were very funny, and at other times tediously dull. But far less dull than the rest of us, it must be said. Now you have gone to your News Quiz in the sky, with the mad Danish biddy left to […]

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