Thursday, February 11, 2016


is it just me, or is Blogger becoming more and more unusable with each "update"?

anyway, on with the blog as best i can -

the space race used to be a competition -- how many generations before it becomes a species?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015


after a war ends there is usually a large rise in taxes

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


US allies keeping up the fight against freedom - Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi sentenced to 1000 lashes, 10 years in prison, and a fine of 1,000,000 riyal (US$165,000)
- http://e-activist.com

Friday, January 09, 2015


Save the Children's Global Legacy Award given to Tony Blair!
Was the other nominee Abubakar Shekau?

Friday, November 21, 2014


a whistleblower - someone sacked or imprisoned for not hiding their identity when attempting to disclose the illegal activities of their employer

Thursday, October 30, 2014


how can terrorism possibly be successful against an enemy which rewards its followers with sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll?

Saturday, October 18, 2014


the population of Scotland is bigger than that of most countries

Saturday, July 05, 2014


"America didn't fight Iraq - it destroyed it."

Friday, June 13, 2014


an unexpected consequence of the coup in Libya, which was encouraged and supported by the UK, is that Libya is now a centre for immigration into Europe

Friday, April 25, 2014


has the Arab Spring become an Arab bloodbath?

Friday, September 06, 2013


in the last 700 years there has been one female Lord Mayor of London

Thursday, August 15, 2013


people supporting the UK Monarchy reminds me of the slaves who fought on the Confederate side in the American Civil War

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


fighting terrorists with drones is like fighting fire with petrol

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Bradley Manning is the true US hero of the War in Iraq; perhaps one day he will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


The twenty-first century definition of a terrorist state seems to be a state that is outside the control of the USA.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


two of the iconic symbols of the C20th: the mushroom cloud and the Mandelbrot

Saturday, December 08, 2012


it's a fine line between superstition and not offending the gods

Monday, October 01, 2012


the offices of Al Jazeera in Kabul and Baghdad were both blown up by US missiles - so much for the freedom of the media

Monday, July 23, 2012


Thatcher's Government crushed the miners and closed the coalmines. Today a third of the UK's electricity comes from coal. The UK now imports coal from Indonesia, S Africa, Russia and Columbia.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012



when i was young, my teachers told me that the reason why the USA and the UK were morally superior to the USSR was that we did not torture people, and we did not imprison people without a trial

how times have changed!

Saturday, April 07, 2012



living forever is something which appeals mainly to the young

Sunday, February 19, 2012



advance notice for "Digin! The Bath Gardeners Market" (Avon, UK)
Sunday - 22 April 2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012



RIP Václav Havel

Sunday, December 18, 2011



Politicians and generals tell us, "We are winnning in Afghanistan". The West spends $140,000,000,000 a year on military operations and the number of violent incidents has increased every year since 2004.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011



RIP playwright Shelagh Delaney, writer of "A Taste of Honey"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011



"forgive and forget" doesn't apply to institutions and authorities

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



riots in the UK?

what about the riots in China?

Saturday, July 23, 2011




more animals used in UK experiments -- Charles Fourier judged society by its attitude towards women -- perhaps now, a society should be judged by its attitude towards animals