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Watching nature.


This is a debut article by Rastech, which originally appeared as a comment underneath another piece. Ras has been a true, generous and very supportive friend to myself and others over the years – right back to the dark days when there really wasn’t much hope in sight for us ragged band of holdouts in the … Continue reading

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It’s not rocket science, it’s a matter of conscience.


In September 1941 during WWII, two men met in Copenhagen ostensibly for a scientific symposium, but outside of it in the evenings and in a social context, they informally discussed the theoretical possibility of making a whole new type of bomb. They were the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Bohr was a Dane, whose country … Continue reading

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For a Tyger, who still burns bright.


When I was a young child, I went on one of those school day trips to a zoo. From the foul weather, I’d guess it’d be towards the end of the year, November or December perhaps, when I suppose the school could get a decent volume discount because the place would be deserted otherwise. The … Continue reading

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The Greenskull Chronicles – A matter of image.


‘This better be good’ growled Greenskull, pissed at the interruption as Gerald entered his office. ‘I’m sorting out that French fucking farce at that climate can-can in Froggie land’. Things weren’t going too well on that particular front, Gerald somehow intuited … Gerald, who apart from Monica and no other living person in the world … Continue reading

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The Indians are on the warpath.


Something significant happened about two years ago and it was a signal that the times they were a changing. Greenpeace tried to disrupt a Russian drilling platform in the Arctic and the protesters were promptly arrested, with their ship being impounded. On previous escapades, the Russians kept the activists in jail for a few days … Continue reading

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For Hiromi, Tomahara, Satomi, Koji, all the others and of course Kenta.


Today is the seventieth anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. It killed seventy thousand people and within three days, a second one was dropped on Nagasaki killing another forty thousand. Nagasaki was the secondary fall-back target of the mission, because the primary target of Kokura was clouded over. Kokura had also been the … Continue reading

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Crisis management – a green perspective.


Greenskull’s official title was Chief Co-ordinator of Information Management, which is a nice way of saying he was in charge of all PR for the “cause” or to put it more simply, a spin doctor, and he was good at it. Things had been going rather badly in the wake of the Copenhagen disaster, hence … Continue reading

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Drowning in the Big Green Pond.


This is another guest article by Graeme, one of our regular contributing authors. It deals with the innate limiting factors of renewable energy sources, and though such considerations can be quite technical, it describes them in clear everyday language for the benefit of anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the salient issues without first … Continue reading

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Why we fight – Malaria.


If you write, there’s this magical thing that happens once in a while. A story or a character takes on a life of their own and begins to write itself. You’re relegated to just being the typist. It’s automatic writing. The first time it happens, you try to rein it in and plough on with … Continue reading

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Am I standing up straight enough Daddy?


I blog because there are certain things I feel strongly about. So many of those things are unfashionable amongst the media chatterati, who labour under the twin delusions that not only do the hold the one correct political viewpoint on any question, but they also represent some righteous but silent majority who also hold that … Continue reading

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Bang, pause, bang.


I have family in the police, military and security services and those lines are necessarily blurred these days. One of them, a niece of mine, has done a number of tours into the war zones. She pushed hard to get those assignments, because from then on the salute isn’t to a girlie who happens to outrank you. Once a … Continue reading

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Points of Divergence.


Like most people, I’m diplomatic in my everyday dealings with others since it’s only common politeness and makes obvious sense after all. You say whatever but sometimes what you’re actually thinking might be slightly different. Their bum may actually look a bit bigger in that new outfit but you can see they’re really chuffed with it and they’re … Continue reading

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The sickening encyclical.


I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. If you don’t know me by now, I’ll understand, or will try to understand such determined obscurantism in the face of reading this blog for any amount of time. I will endeavour to add some graphs and equations to it purely for your benefit but only as … Continue reading

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6 impossible things before breakfast


Shakespeare said that when sorrows come, they come not in single espials but in battalions, and so often that’s true. In the midst of a bout of flu from hell, the Jesus bolt on my computer broke. So I’ve had a very merry week doing technical variations of the Heimlich manoeuvre on the PC Computatanic … Continue reading

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The Lerks and the Purks.


This is another guest article by Graeme No3, one of our regular contributing writers. It’s perhaps a cynical observation on my part, but it seems to me the prime function of any bureaucracy is to grow bigger. The massive infrastructure that has grown up to fight the threat of Global Warming, when there hasn’t been any … Continue reading

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Achtung, spitfeuer.


A long long time ago in a universe far far away, academia served as a lifeboat for certain individuals who though they were seriously creative thinkers, wouldn’t survive for more than five minutes in the real world. Academia itself was a niche and they were an endangered species safely barnacled within it, protected by their own colleagues, … Continue reading

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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