Category Archives: General

The New Case for Gold

If global uncertainty has got you thinking about the increasing likelihood of another economic meltdown, you may be interested to read Jim Rickards’ The New Case for Gold (here’s the Amazon link).  Rickards, of course, is not alone in recommending that … Continue reading

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Too many bells and whistles?

Last week saw the 50th anniversary of my driving licence (or, more accurately) the day I passed my driving test. In those days I used to view drivers who displayed the grille-badge of the Company of Veteran Motorists (founded in … Continue reading

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Ten reasons to vote Leave

I have waited a long time for this referendum, all the while hoping that one day we may escape the EU. The thing that has really pained me during the protracted run in to this week’s vote is being painted … Continue reading

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I’m writing a novel…

There. I’ve said it.  It feels like a confession at Alcoholics Anonymous.  I’ve often thought about writing a novel, and now I’m of retirement age I have a lifetime of experience upon which to draw, and more time to spend … Continue reading

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How close are we to Molenbeek?

Teun Voeten is a cultural anthropologist and war photographer who lived in Molenbeek for nine years until, in 2014, he could stand it no longer and left. The article he wrote after the Paris bombings in November last year is … Continue reading

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Old donkeys…

I thought that ‘grade inflation’ was a feature of school and university exam results, but I’ve found another example where the desire to encourage has overwhelmed common sense.  In the past few months I’ve spent a fair amount of my … Continue reading

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The Reckless Optimist

I enjoyed reading Matt Ridley’s “The Rational Optimist“, which I thought offered plenty of food for thought especially for an inveterate ‘glass half-empty’ pessimist like me. However, his article in The Times (19th Oct) which you can find on his … Continue reading

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Women in Science & Technology

Despite decades of effort, there’s probably still some way to go. Last weekend, The Sunday Times magazine featured a “Life in the Day” of Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell who is a shining example of not only how to persevere in overcoming … Continue reading

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Dog breeders and the KC

If you’re a dog breeder or a dog show judge, you may be offended by what I’m about to write, but here goes.

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Will we ever get PR?

I was 18 in 1969, when the voting age in the UK was lowered from 21.  In those days, Liberals (not LibDems) were as rare as unicorns and the first past the post system of one person, one vote and first … Continue reading

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