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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

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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