Monthly Archives: April 2013

From Trust To Distrust

Over on Taking Liberties last night, I read: “No-one disputes the health risks associated with smoking but there can’t be a sane adult in the country who isn’t aware of them.” And I immediately wrote: I dispute the health risks! And … Continue reading

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Informal Passive Resistance

I was quite cheered by my trip to London. I’d expected London, with its many landlocked pubs, to be one vast joyless No Smoking zone, where I’d see only one or two smokers lurking down alleyways here and there. In … Continue reading

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A Trip to London

Back from London, after a 36 hour trip. The wedding went off happily. And London seemed much like the London I’d known. And it didn’t seem to be the no-smoking desert I’d expected either. Because there seemed to be lots … Continue reading

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Tidal Forces

Ever wondered what happens when a cloud of rocks skims low over the Earth and back out into space? Yes? Well, here’s your golden opportunity to find out. Here’s what happens: The rock cloud starts out as a cube of … Continue reading

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EU Loses Europe’s Trust

Something worth reading in the Guardian:   “The damage is so deep that it does not matter whether you come from a creditor, debtor country, euro would-be member or the UK: everybody is worse off,” said José Ignacio Torreblanca, head … Continue reading

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Why The Economy Won’t Grow

I keep reading about attempts to encourage economic growth, usually by cutting interest rates, or something along those lines. But the way I see it is that, once you’ve kicked a quarter of the population – the smokers – out … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Tea Addict

An email this evening on the subject of tea reminded me that I sometimes think that I might be a tea addict. After all, the very first thing I do every morning when I wake up is to grope my … Continue reading

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