Monthly Archives: August 2010

Minarets Over Ground Zero

I do not intend to rehearse the arguments for or against the proposals to build a community centre, incorporating a place of worship, in lower Manhattan, but I think that the entire thrust of the Palin and Gingrich arguments against … Continue reading

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The Blair-Brown Years

I am prompted to write this after reading the statement of Ellie Gellard, aka Bevanite Ellie, whom I follow on Twitter, that she is proud to be a supporter and member of the Labour Party and proud of all that … Continue reading

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Ships are She

Sometime in the last decade or so, collectively, a terrible change has been wrought on the English language by the guardians of style. Ships were stripped of their femininity. It is not too late to reverse this dreadful decision, which … Continue reading

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Proud To Be A Republican

But then I’m British. I wouldn’t be saying that if I were American; the systematic looting of the nation’s finances by the Cheney cabal makes anything any of Africa’s tinpot dicators did look like small change. But in Britain, we … Continue reading

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The (un)reliability of wind power

People who oppose wind power point out that it is unreliable. The wind is unpredictable; there is power available on averagely-windy days, but on calm days and very windy days (when the turbines have to furl for their own protection) … Continue reading

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Braces in Brixton

In my other blog, I write about transparency in politics and economics as The Transparency Extremist, but not everything I have to say sits comfortably under that heading, so this is for the rest of my obsessions. Music, fun, technology, … Continue reading

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