Monthly Archives: May 2008

A World Without Bees

I’d heard of the phenomenon of the disappearing honeybee before, of course, but this article by Alison Benjamin in today’s Guardian pulls the story’s strands together in a compelling way. She paints a worrying picture. Apparently, the article is an … Continue reading

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Filth

Last night, the Beeb showed a TV drama about the clash in the 1960s between Mrs. Mary Whitehouse and Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, then director-general of the BBC. Entitled Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, it was an entertaining look at the … Continue reading

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The Plague and the Party

Earlier this month, I pointed to a good interview with Elizabeth Pisani, who has just published a book on HIV and the AIDS prevention industry. Now I see that she has an excellent article on the subject in this month’s … Continue reading

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Mehdi Kazemi Granted Asylum

At last, after the worries, some good news for a change.

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Island Imagery

I see that Google Earth has at last got higher resolution imagery for the Isle of Man. I can now clearly see at least some of the houses where I lived as a child. But the old Ivanhoe hotel, where I … Continue reading

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Ennui

An example of David Shenton’s comic strip that raised a wry smile with me: Out and Proud.  

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The Joy of Chemistry

I don’t remember chemistry being taught this way in my school…    

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Different Ways of Thinking

J. Carter Wood, over at Obscene Desserts, introduces us to a couple of examples from the scary wing of the Haunted House built by religion. Depressing stuff. As he says: my brain kind of seizes up, since I can’t see how … Continue reading

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Different Ways of Knowing

Greta Christina has a good piece on the uses of irrationality and how it bears on the God question. Worth reading.

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Global Peace Index

I see that this year it’s Iceland that has come top in the Global Peace Index. Somewhat worryingly, the Netherlands has dropped two places since 2007, it’s now at number 22 in the rankings. However, it scores better than the … Continue reading

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Hare Wars

I don’t know whether you noticed that the hare, whose photo I posted a few days back, has been in the wars. Here’s a closer view of the same hare. Notice how the ears have large chunks bitten out of … Continue reading

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Radio Silence

Well, I’m back (touch wood) after a few days without an Internet connection. My ISP (Internet Service Provider), XS4ALL, has been having problems this weekend. It also happened to be the weekend when my ADSL connection was scheduled to be … Continue reading

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What Happened Next

So, I’m sitting in front of the computer, as is my wont, reading something. From my position, I can also look out through the windows into the front garden. A hare appears, rummaging through the garden. That’s rather sweet, think … Continue reading

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Ask A Silly Question…

…or why Jesus is not a logical thinker.

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Flying Penguins

I know I’m very late with this, but I didn’t get around to blogging about it at the time: One of the Beeb’s better April Fool’s jokes…       And here’s how it was done.

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The Wisdom of Whores

That’s the title of a new book by Elizabeth Pisani. She’s an AIDS scientist and epidemiologist, and there’s a good interview of her in today’s Guardian. Basically, her thesis is that more focus on prevention, rather than treatment, of AIDS … Continue reading

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Oil-Slick Politics

As Johann Hari says, oil-slick politics in the UK are not good. They will poison the body politic.

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A Time To Die

Jon Ronson has a talent for poking about in the haunted wing of society and coming up with Tales of the Unexpected. In today’s Guardian he writes about the Reverend George Exoo, who has assisted the suicide of over 100 … Continue reading

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Roadside Encounter

We’ve been having glorious weather for over a week now – 10 degrees Celsius warmer than is normal for this time of year. I decided yesterday to go out exploring cycle routes on my bike. I struck off in the … Continue reading

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Vogon Poetry

I’m sorry, but that’s all that this waffle by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor puts me in mind of. And that’s me being polite. You don’t want to know what I really thought of it.   Oh, and as an addendum, … Continue reading

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