Health & Education

Measuring Happiness Against Economic Growth

Posted on February 4, 2022

My dad gets delivered the New Scientist magazine every week. It keeps his 89-year-old brain chugging along and stops it from getting lazy. He then hands them down to me to try and get my woeful scientific brain out of neutral and into first gear. Science fascinates me but I am not very good at it. I read some articles and my brain is saying, “Yep, yep…getting it…yep…yep…oh fuck, it’s gone!”. The best way to explain it is to ...

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Those Ruddy Experts and Why We Should Support Them

Posted on December 24, 2021

Boris Johnson has gambled on omicron, and it may well pay off for him. What is alarming, is how all the populists are chasing after epidemiologists like pack dogs. Forget facts, Sage got it all wrong. They were just trying to scare us into lockdown for whatever reason you want to impulsively make up in your head. The truth is that Chris Whitty and sage had a decent idea where omicron was heading, a few weeks ago. They knew it was going to ...

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Pomp, Ceremony & Graduation

Posted on November 2, 2021

I went to my son’s graduation last night. It was not something I have experienced before, so I was not sure what to expect. The drive down to Bournemouth on a dark Monday evening was straightforward, apart from a bit of a standard Bob Lethaby debacle with the parking. In the Reception I eventually arrived at the BIC fully armed with my ticket and negative Covid-19 test, only to be asked for neither. I stood around, feeling a little lost ...

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Beware the Populist Pandemic!

Posted on February 26, 2021

I got involved in a twitter conversation about vaccine roll outs today. What seems ridiculous to me is that people (particularly Brexiters) regard it as something of a competition. This is due to the UK at last getting something right during the pandemic as others try to get to grips with the vaccine distribution. Opting Out By opting out of the programme whilst still, technically, in the EU, the UK appear to have stolen a march on ...

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Captain Tom and a Nation Told to Mourn!

Posted on February 4, 2021

One of the most curious things about the death of Captain Tom Moore, is the enforced grief that is put upon us. I didn’t know Tom, but I will go with the benefit of the doubt and assume he was a nice chap. His laps around the garden caught the public eye and a lot of money was raised. That’s good, that is. However, here are few of the things I heard regarding Tom Moore, yesterday. “He bonded a nation in our darkest period”. ...

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