Monthly Archives: October 2019

Dear Europe…

That is how a number of letters begin that are published in today’s Guardian. From a range of public figures, they set out what Europe means to them. I’m a Manxman by birth, but I’ve spent half my life living … Continue reading

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Operation Yello-Whammer

As far as I am concerned, the Guardian’s First Dog On The Moon sums up the clusterfuck that is Brexit very well indeed.

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I’m not sure about this…

eXistenZ – here we come…  

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Climate Crisis

I see that the Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world, using “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” instead of “climate change” and “global warming”. All … Continue reading

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China Today, Tomorrow, The World?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Jaron Lanier’s book: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, which is a warning against the rise of surveillance technology and algorithms capable of social manipulation. In the West, … Continue reading

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Nothing Can Go Wrong… Go Wrong… Go Wrong…

Part of my working life was spent in the UK, before I moved to the Netherlands. This means that a portion of my State Pension is sourced by the UK government. Today I received a letter from the UK’s Pension … Continue reading

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RIP Charles Jencks

The architect Charles Jencks has died. I first came across him via a book: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, which fascinated me. As the book’s blurb said, it was A unique and compelling narrative of one of the most important … Continue reading

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