I was reflecting just now on the way that the addition of a single word can sometimes transform a phrase from a hopeless, dispiriting signifier of joyless morbidity into a pean of delight and liberation. The particular word that triggered this thought was the "former" in the phrase "former Education Secretary Michael Gove".
It is an infallible law of the universe that people who have the greatest desire to share their musical listening with the wider world also have the crappiest taste in music.
Can someone explain why the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain should be referred to in the press as a 'crisis'? As I see it, one unelected member of a privileged elite is stepping aside to give another unelected member of a privileged elite a go. Why should this concern anyone but them? Except, … Continue reading Crisis? What crisis?
I understand that recently you were made to feel uncomfortable by hearing people speaking in a foreign language on a train. Yesterday, I heard three non-English languages being spoken in the course of a short tram journey. Here's the thing, though: my life was not adversely affected one iota by it. I think that may … Continue reading Dear Mr. Farage…
So, Alan Turing gets a Royal Pardon. What is he being pardoned for? Being gay? Being persecuted by the state for being gay? There should be no pardon: being gay should never have been a crime. What is needed is the recognition that the crime should never have existed and that everybody who was convicted … Continue reading Pardoned? What for?
(This post is based on one I wrote for my main photography blog.) Humans — Homo sapiens — are closely related to chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans: the other great apes. This is simple fact. We share a last common ancestor (LCA) with chimpanzees; this ancestor lived about 6–8 million years ago (Mya). The LCA of … Continue reading I don’t care what your magic book says, we are related.
I see from today's Grauniad that '[a] former Tory minister has defended Prince Charles's right to have secret meetings with members of the government'. Apparently Tim Loughton says that the unelected parasiteprince had 'always come across as "well briefed and knowledgeable" in their meetings'. Is it too much to ask that, in the 21st century, … Continue reading Royalty, privilege and the ear of government
I was thirteen at the time.I had school the next day, but my parents understood that the most momentous event in history was about to unfold, so I was allowed to stay up until stupid o'clock (I think it was about 3 or 4 in the morning) to watch the small, grainy, ghostly image of … Continue reading One small step…
I'm getting increasingly fed up with the rich and privileged bleating on about how they're going to have to go somewhere else if we fail to continue pandering to their inflated concepts of their own self-worth.We have banks and major industries claiming that the top executives have to be paid huge salaries and bonuses because … Continue reading Bye, bye and shut the door after you
To commemorate the day that physicists announced a new particle consistent with the Standard Model Higgs boson (posted 4th July 2012).These days I call myself a photographer; for about 30 years prior to that I tried to persuade computers to do what I wanted them to do. Before that, though, I was (briefly) a scientist … Continue reading I frikking love science!