Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Demise of Common Sense

Back when I was a student, some 40 years ago, I worked out that there would be quite considerable reductions in heat losses from houses if they had several inches of insulation in their walls and roofs. Within a few … Continue reading

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Transformation

Occasionally one or two of the words I read jump out at me, maybe just because I encountered them two or three times in a day. “Unacceptable” was one of those words for me a few years back. I read … Continue reading

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Pipesmoking Day 1

I bought a pipe today. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, in case the only tobacco I could get hold of was pipe tobacco. So I went into a tobaconnist (they’re getting quite hard to find), and … Continue reading

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Denmark bans Marmite

Well, no, Denmark is denying that it has banned Marmite. It says that Marmite imports were never cleared with the authorities. But the BBC is reporting that: A shop in Copenhagen was recently asked to remove its supplies of Marmite … Continue reading

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Protein and DNA

I picked up a book at the library today. It was called Quest: The Essence of Humanity, by biochemist Charles Pasternak, published in 2003. It’s a book about the evolution of living things, and in particular humans, extending on into … Continue reading

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Sneezing

I don’t know about anybody else, but I’ve been sneezing all day. I thought it might have been something in the air in my flat, so I opened the windows wide. It made no difference at all. Finally, I went … Continue reading

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I’m Your Man

New York’s outdoor smoking ban: Will the world follow? Of course it will. It’s the fashionable thing. They all take their lead from each other. None of them want to be left behind. That’s how fashion works, whether it’s hats … Continue reading

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