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Can we please all have Sunday off?
Society

Can we please all have Sunday off?

The UK Government is planning on removing restrictions around Sunday trading. I am not a fan. Bring back Sunday closing. Why, you ask. Some religious reason around the Sabbath (other religious holidays are available)? No, because then we’d have one day of the week where everyone in the family could get together. We’d have one […]

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Reflections on another US mass shooting
Society

Reflections on another US mass shooting

Once again I find myself immersed in a world where a group of Americans in a school have been shot dead by a lone gunman. Again I have watched Obama standing before his people, his anger barely contained, as he has questioned how a society he presides over has allowed this to happen. And once […]

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The future of STEM is in good hands
Society

The future of STEM is in good hands

The Twins’ school wouldn’t organise a trip to CERN for the STEM geeks. So they went anyway. Foolishly, they chose me as the “responsible adult”.

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Scintilla : an underplayed British sci-fi thriller
Living Life

Scintilla : an underplayed British sci-fi thriller

A neat little British Science Fiction movie that offers something a bit more thoughtful than Resident Evil.

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Don’t be ashamed to admire the human form
Photography

Don’t be ashamed to admire the human form

You should never feel ashamed to admire the human body.

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Is saving the polar bear the best way to save the planet?
Society

Is saving the polar bear the best way to save the planet?

As I understand it ice caps are not a permanent part of Earth’s ecosystem. They wax and wane, with the planet having had them for far less time than they haven’t and our current geological ice age lasting longer than most. It is inevitable that they will recede and sea levels will rise as the […]

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If you’re going to quote someone, please get it right!
Writing

If you’re going to quote someone, please get it right!

Posting quotes on social media is a simple way of getting attention. However, if you misquote someone be ready to correct your mistake quickly.

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Beyonce Knowles : too big to fail
Society

Beyonce Knowles : too big to fail

The diva is at a critical mass where so much energy is invested in her worship, the blandness of her music is ignored – and so too are better musicians.

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Why my faith in scientists is under threat
Living Life

Why my faith in scientists is under threat

I believe strongly in science and the scientific method. However, the “celebrity status” of some scientists is creating a new dogma that’s almost religious.

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Have we created the slums of the future?
Society

Have we created the slums of the future?

The rush to build apartment blocks and low cost housing means corners are being cut. The effects will rear their head in a decade or two in our new slums.

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The philosophy of surrealism
Living Life

The philosophy of surrealism

Surrealism is about more than melting clocks and strange photographs. Underlying it is a philosophy that’s sound in places, bizarre in others. Like the art.

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Gay marriage – or why respect for religion AND homosexuality must be the winner
Society

Gay marriage – or why respect for religion AND homosexuality must be the winner

You know what, I really couldn’t have given a shit about gay marriage. I was completely apathetic about the whole thing. And I get the feeling 90% of the population probably wouldn’t have noticed or cared or really had much of an opinion about it if someone had quietly passed a law that said gay […]

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