On journalists taking sides

John Harris’ article in the Guardian today has sparked a discussion within the NUJ’s Ethics Council, of which I am a member. The subject is the line between journalism as impartial reportage and opinion. What follows below is a reworking of my reaction to Harris. Harris raises some interesting points about the line between analysis […]

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Bloody cyclists – redux

The tragic death of pedestrian Kim Briggs following a collision with cyclist Charlie Alliston, who was riding a fixed-wheel bike without a front brake, was a huge media story yesterday in England. Alliston was acquitted of manslaughter, but convicted of “causing death by wanton or furious driving”. The jury were unconvinced by a weak prosecution […]

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Graphene in Cambridge post-Brexit

Given the omnishambles of current English politics, a cynic might argue that Brexit is now little more than a hypothetical scenario, and an utterly absurd one at that. Still, for the sake of an interesting narrative, let us be generous to the Brexiteers and assume that England’s departure from the EU proceeds as unplanned. My […]

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Cycle ride: Locks, Docks and One Smoking Ferry

Where: Locks, Docks and One Smoking Ferry When: Sunday 25 June 2017 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) It has been nearly three years since I left the Great Wen for pastures East Anglian, and I so miss leading social cycle rides for the Dog & Bell Crew. […]

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Victory on 8 June will be pyrrhic for whoever wins the election

This evening, less than a week before a snap general election, Royston, a once notable but now economically stagnant town in the east of England, will stage an election hustings at which all candidates for the parliamentary seat of North East Hertfordshire should be present. Royston politics are such that a brick decorated in a […]

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Should the EU’s next research programme be ERC writ large?

A new report from research and innovation advisory group RISE recommends that the the European Commission move away from funding large-scale R&D projects, and instead focus more on supporting individual researchers. Such a change in research infrastructure would shift the model of Europe’s next framework programme FP9 – successor to the current Horizon 2020 – […]

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Bringing this website back to life – an update

Further to the brief comment yesterday concerning the state of my personal website, and pledge to sort it out in short(ish) order, I can announce that a new WordPress theme is already in place. To my mind it looks good on both desktop and mobile platforms – simple, easy on the eye, uncluttered. If you […]

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Bringing this website back to life

Last year, following a legal threat, I let this website fall into abeyance after first making the content invisible. There were and still are other problems with the site, most notably a self-coded WordPress theme that is to say the least stale and mobile-unfriendly. I must also admit to suffering from blogger’s block, with much […]

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