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A Berlin story : Elfi’s birthday.


More than most, I’ve worked far away in different countries from my family. I could do it well but I never found it easy. It was always hard. Foreign lands, foreign people I suppose, ultimately foreign words in foreign languages and all that it comes down to is you, a stranger lost in a strange land, to echo … Continue reading

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Remembering NoIdea.


Today is the first anniversary of our friend’s passing. He had many admirable qualities, not least of which was his stoic fortitude in the face of adversity. It took me a couple of years to realise it, but the reason he’d be up so late at night in a chatroom with me wasn’t because he … Continue reading

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The numbers racket.


This is a debut article by Athelstan, a moniker long term readers of this blog may read through as they might recognise his fist. He goes by a few names but for me he’ll always be Sulla, one of my comrades in a campaign a number of years back – yeah, the Skeptocats! You get fair … Continue reading

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UK Election 2015 – The car crash of the chatterati against reality.


There is a very old expression which very accurately explains what happened in Thursday’s general election – there are none so blind as those who will not look, there are none so deaf as those who will not listen. To tell you what happened, you might need some background if you happen to be one … Continue reading

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For a friend on the occasion of their birthday.


  Telemachus.   Seasons come and go, dutifully wiping their feet as they enter and leave the year. It looks like change but it’s not, it’s just the rhythms of your life, A life that’s learnt how to watch, how to catch, And appreciate life happening around them.   You look at it with that certain eye, … Continue reading

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The Secret Protocols of the Elders of Golgafrincham.


This is another guest article by Graeme No3, one of our regular contributing writers. There’s an old adage, many a truth is spoken in jest and this piece in its own light-hearted way, ticks a lot of very serious boxes. Exploitation of idealism, hypocrisy, a loss of innocence, deceit and yet I still couldn’t help chuckling. … Continue reading

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Make me an angel that flies.


This post is going out to honour some people who’re long dead. I’m talking about the Australians and New Zealanders (ANZACs), and their struggling ashore in the second year of World War I at a place called Gallipoli. The 25th will be the one hundredth anniversary of that event. It’s observed every year on ANZAC … Continue reading

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That stuff, is it beautiful?


Some articles you owe, they’re a debt you have the need to repay and this is one of them. April, as TS Eliot wrote, is the cruellest month and I’d agree, if only because it contains the anniversary of my father’s death. This April, I will finally settle that debt and walk away. One way or another, I will … Continue reading

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The curious case of Laurence Tribe.


Let’s face it, nobody likes lawyers. We all have our favourite jokes about them; my personal favourite being do you know what the difference is between a mosquito and a lawyer? One is a blood-sucking parasite and the other is an insect. Har, har but of course there’s an element of truth there. However, a good … Continue reading

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I refuse to be a victim.


This is the second guest article by Grace, whom I hope will become one of our regular contributing writers here. If you’re expecting something girly, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. On the other hand, if you have a real down on men, then I suppose it’ll ding all your bells, but that’d be a very narrow … Continue reading

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Well, if nobody’s going to ask the question, I will.


By any stretch of the imagination, the climate skeptic community and the people inside it willing to express that supposedly unfashionable viewpoint in public are in terms of representation a small one. It’s invariably portrayed by an overwhelmingly hostile mass media as diminishingly small, marginalised, insane, revanchist, bigoted, reactionary, scientifically ignorant, misogynist, racist, petroleum corrupted and … Continue reading

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What I truly despise about the green mentality.


It’s about fear, paralysing self-doubt and above all, inward-looking. It has a veneer of caring but it is chronically selfish and insulated from ordinary people. Consequently, it can’t really relate to sweaty complicated variables like human beings. It simplifies them, abstracts them as objects, little unreal figures, digitised peasants populating the unspoilt pastoral landscape of their … Continue reading

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The Weaponisation of pure Research.


In the beginning was the idea, because nothing moves across the face of the waters until the idea comes into existence, and it comes in two varieties. The first one is an idea you’re pretty sure is viable but what remains to be done is working out the exact mechanism to make it become a reality. It’s … Continue reading

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I may have signed my actual death warrant.


Those words were spoken by a man called Michael Collins when he signed what was in effect a peace agreement between Ireland and Britain to end the bloodletting of the War of Independence, knowing his country would be deeply divided on the question of the amount of independence the treaty would grant. He signed anyway because he … Continue reading

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For a friend.


Any real paradigm change in our understanding of how the universe actually tickety tocks along always starts with one person having an interesting and unusually controversial idea, which is always fought against tooth and nail by reactionaries who are heavily invested in whatever worldview is the currently accepted orthodoxy. There’s nothing wrong with that and … Continue reading

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The ultimate hack.


An article this week in India’s Economic Times newspaper reported on a formal complaint lodged with the Delhi police of sexual harassment from an employee of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) against one of its directors, a certain RK Pachauri, who also happens to be the chairman of the IPCC. Obviously there’s no conflict of … Continue reading

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Bad times are just around the corner.


This is another guest article by Graeme No3, one of our regular contributing writers. Brave man that he is, he’s straying into a discussion of economics which if you’re anyway familiar with the field, is more a matter of luck and judgement rather than the exact science so many of its supposed experts like to represent … Continue reading

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A Heart Never Forgets


“We’re off to Europe next month. Would you two like to Nanna-sit for a few weeks?” Our friends took weekend care of a frail aged widowed friend of theirs, a one-time mother-in-law for whom a divorce didn’t impair the fond relationship with her son-in-law. They were good people. In due course Nanna came to stay … Continue reading

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A climate of hate and a license to kill.


Of late we’ve seen a rash of examples showing just how ugly the face of the cult of environmentalism can be. There’ve been calls for the beheading of skeptics and even a wish that their children should kill them. If you’re fresh to what’s laughably called the climate debate, you’ll probably be appalled by such extremist … Continue reading

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Pop, pop, and poppety pop.


A friend once turned to me on a day that had no mercy in it and said, “you’re right, there is no God.” We were both watching something slowly unfolding, something cold and just petrifying cruel which couldn’t be stopped by either of us. We couldn’t exert any control over it, we could only watch; emasculated … Continue reading