London Riots August 2011


This has been a grim week for anyone connected with England - riots on streets bringing back memories of the 1980s (which to me felt very different though maybe it is me who has changed). I am no great political commentator, clearly a lot of the trouble was opportunist copy cat stuff and clearly a... Continue Reading →

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Psycho History Killer


Snappy title but... As anyone who wanders around this tiny corner of cyberspace (remember when it was called that!) knows I worry about things like time travel and thermodynamics.¬†¬†This all means that whilst I enjoy my sci-fi, I have to suspend a lot of belief to do so. One case that brings this together well... Continue Reading →

What are Words Worth?


The Strength and Weakness of the English Language Why Write this? Recently a friend of mine tweeted despairingly on the subject of language abuse, in this particular case the 'nouning' of invite (nouning being an example of verbing;-). I initially pointed out that growing old inevitably leads one to bemoaning abuse of language by the... Continue Reading →

Work – what is it good for?


Is the five day week a good idea? Summary Now I realise that the five day week is somewhat notional, and many people work shifts, part time, weekends and so forth, but in the round a lot of us spend a lot of time working when we could be doing something else. Not all of... Continue Reading →

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