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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How much observed climate change is man-made?

That human activities influence global climate is beyond doubt, but the level of this anthropogenic contribution to climate change remains uncertain. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, Potsdam-based climate scientist Gerrit Hansen and her Berkeley Lab colleague Dáithí Stone present a systematic assessment of anthropogenic climate change for the range […]

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Narcissus in management selection

Oslo-based organisational psychologist Christian Enger Gimsø has as part of his PhD studies been looking at the tendency for those with narcissistic personality disorders to do well in applications for management level jobs. Such people often excel in interviews, and have an easier time than others proving themselves as dynamic and self-confident. Narcissists may have […]

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Cycle ride: Locks, Docks & One Smoking Ferry afterworker

Where: Locks, Docks & One Smoking Ferry afterworker When: Thursday 3 April 2014 Meet: 18:30 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) Spring has sprung, so it’s time for some mid-week afterworker rides. My first for 2014 will be a variation on the late Barry Mason’s Locks, Docks and One Smoking […]

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How to run a health service

It has been said that celebrity newspaper columnist Simon Jenkins is wrong about everything, to which I would add that this is a sure fire route to success in opinion journalism. Actually, to be fair, Jenkins is wrong about virtually everything. On this week’s edition of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions, Jenkins contributed to a […]

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No black, no lycra, two good locks

A farewell to Barry Mason (1950–2011) Barry makes his entrance to Honor Oak Crematorium in south-east London… …with pedal power provided by son Sam, and an escort of scores of Southwark Cyclists. Waiting outside the crematorium were another few hundred of Barry’s family and friends. Far too many to fit inside the building, so some […]

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Bishop libels journalists

Stephen Venner is at the very least naïve in speaking as he did to Daily Telegraph journalists Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Duncan Gardham. But since then the British armed forces chaplain has managed to dig himself deeper into a hole of his own making by attacking the messenger. The 1m 27s video in the second link […]

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Arise, Sir Oscar!

For services to brown-nosery “Conservative values, lovely United Kingdom, one nation. God bless the Queen! Strong Wales, lovely David Cameron, caring and sharing, tidy Tories. Plaid out of touch, sick as a parrot. Lovely.

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