Monthly Archives: April 2011

I admit it! I’m a pet owner!

I believe it was Winston Churchill who said “Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down on us.  Pigs treat us as equals”. But now an editorial in the Journal of Animal Ethics (yes, there really is a Journal of … Continue reading

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The EU project: falling apart at the seams

Arriving at Brussels airport from Birmingham, as I regularly do, I frequently find that although we disembark from the aircraft on an air jetty, we are then shepherded downstairs (frequently in the rain) to a waiting bus, and are then … Continue reading

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Toughening the strike laws

There was a good piece on the Today Programme this morning — Dominic Raab MP (who seems to be good news) and Bob Crow, General Secretary of the RMT Union.  Crow, of course, is a general all-round trouble-maker and workers’ … Continue reading

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Monarchy: the Institution, not the Incumbent

Everyone’s writing about the Royal Wedding, so I guess I’d better toss in my tuppence-worth too. I find I’m fairly schizophrenic about Royalty.  On the one hand, I’m a passionate supporter of the Monarchy as an institution.  On the other, … Continue reading

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Greetings on Saint George’s Day!

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Fifty Years On

Well nearly fifty years.  I went up as an undergraduate to Churchill College Cambridge in 1962, to read mathematics.  It is, as Tolkien said, a terrible long count of years.  I was enormously pleased and proud in 1993 when my … Continue reading

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Galileo: An EU Vanity Project

The curiously named Mr. Berry Smutny, until recently CEO of a major German contractor to the EU’s Galileo satellite project has, according to Wikileaks, described Galileo as “a stupid idea that primarily serves French interests”.  He has a point.  And … Continue reading

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