Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Damp Squib Splutters Into Life

I see that Windows Home Server 2011 has been released to manufacturing. So it should be available on the market in April/May. I’m sorry, but I can only raise a faint cheer about this product. It doesn’t strike me as … Continue reading

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Goodies and Baddies

The inestimable Adam Curtis has another blog entry that stops the heart, if not the tears. Such a steadfast view of humanity’s foibles is often more than I can bear. But bear witness, we must.

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Dual Nationality to be Phased Out?

I was born in the Isle of Man and, as a result, hold a British Passport. Having lived in the Netherlands since 1983, I also became a Dutch citizen in 2006 – so I currently have dual nationality. Today, the … Continue reading

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The Magic Washing Machine

I’ve mentioned Hans Rosling and his artistry in showing statistics before. Here he is again, this time taking the humble washing machine as the springboard for an exploration on its impact on society and the environment. Great stuff.

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“A Disturbing Trend”

Today’s title is a quote from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi. Apparently, according to Reuters, People who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views, a Vatican diplomat told the United Nations … Continue reading

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Dangerous Economics

While I don’t pretend to be an economist, I do have this nagging doubt that the economic policy being pursued by the current UK government is not, shall we say, the wisest course. Johann Hari puts it rather more forcefully, … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Redux

After last week’s viewing of the NT’s production of Frankenstein, yesterday I saw it again. This time with Jonny Lee Miller in the role of the Creature and with Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein. I think this was the casting … Continue reading

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Spring Has Arrived

It seems as though Spring has arrived. We’ve been having good weather for the past week, and the daffodils and crocuses are in full bloom. To celebrate, I’ve changed the blog header photo from Winter to Spring. From this: to … Continue reading

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The UK’s National Theatre in London has a new production: Frankenstein. It’s based on Mary Shelley’s book, and sticks more closely to the themes of the original work than Hollywood’s many films (wonderful though some of them are). The NT’s … Continue reading

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Out of the Frying Pan…

A couple of years back, I blogged about a documentary made by Andrew Tait. It was Trouble in Amish Paradise, and followed the lives of two Amish families. Last night, the follow-up documentary, also made by Tait, was shown on … Continue reading

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How Times Change

I see that the Isle of Man will make civil partnerships available to gay couples living there as from next month. This is only five years after civil partnerships were introduced into UK law. I find that surprisingly speedy for … Continue reading

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Twixt Scylla and Charybdis

Johann Hari has another thought-provoking article posted. This time it’s on our addiction to cheap oil. Worth a read.

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Nothing “Pseudo” About It

Following hard on the heels of the murder of Salman Taseer comes the murder of Shabaz Bhatti. I see that the Archbishop of Canterbury is reported as condemning the murder of Bhatti, and quite right too. But I did find … Continue reading

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Did I Miss Something?

Last night, I settled down to watch the opening episode of Professor Brian Cox’s new series on science: Wonders of the Universe. Unfortunately, I was very tired and promptly dozed off. Every few minutes I would almost wake up and … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe It!

I’m channelling Victor Meldrew again today. And the cause of my frustration is once again the forthcoming Windows Home Server 2011. I wasn’t too impressed with some of the backup features I found when I looked at them a few … Continue reading

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Polling Day

Today is polling day for the provincial elections here in The Netherlands. It appears that us oldsters may have an effect on the outcome and impact the position of the current coalition government. Meanwhile, the young appear to have swallowed … Continue reading

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