Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Death of Convivial Society

Society – convivial society – died in Britain on 1 July 2007. Since that day, Britain has been a sort of prison in which all pub landlords and bartenders have been co-opted to be unpaid prison wardens. I came across … Continue reading

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Small-Mindedness

We live in an age of confusion. But perhaps we are always living in an age of confusion. Perhaps it’s just that the nature of the confusion changes from one century to the next, or perhaps from one decade to … Continue reading

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The Re-Introduction Of Rationing

A quote that Walt produced about tobacco prohibition- “…for this is a real crusade, make no mistake, and the true crusader doesn’t stop at burning the village, killing the women and children and making off with the cattle if that’s what … Continue reading

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The Moral High Ground of Tobacco Control

One day in about 1963, somewhere in Brazil, as my father’s green DKW reached the top of a hill, we saw stretched out below us an industrial park, filled with tanks and vats and steaming chimneys, and not a tree … Continue reading

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The Transportation of Deborah Arnott

In the Smoky Drinky Bar last night, the Flat-Earth-related discussion came round to wondering why there were no air flights over Antarctica, and we got hold of a rather good 3D globe at MeteoEarth, with me saying that if you wanted … Continue reading

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16: 16: 16: 16

Lots of perceptive comments in response to yesterday’s proposed Esthwaite Experiment to determine the curvature (or lack of it) of the surface of the the Earth. I think that the experiment is good in principle, but needs some more careful … Continue reading

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The Esthwaite Experiment

An email this morning got me thinking about the Flat Earth problem again, and wondering what sort of experiment might conclusively demonstrate whether the world is flat or convex (or perhaps even concave). According to science, the Earth has a … Continue reading

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