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FACEBOOK AND FRIENDSHIP


‘Friendship should be more than biting time can sever’ T S Eliot Interesting Times We live in febrile times – or interesting times as the Chinese proverb would have it. That said, some folk choose to take little or no interest in current affairs compared to others who (like me) do take an active interest […]

POWERING CIVILISATION (PART ONE)


‘Energy is vital to civilisation. In fact, all of human history can be viewed through the lens of energy’ Dr Michio Kaku, ‘Physics of the Impossible’ ‘Ultimately, the economy is, and always has been, a surplus energy equation. As such, it is governed by the laws of the thermodynamics, and not by the man-made ‘laws’ […]

MANCHESTER SLAUGHTER – TIME FOR A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE


The Attitude Problem When I was being trained as a young officer in the British armed forces, it was explained to me and my proteges that there were three elements to the process of training people; in our case, training people to take part in the conduct of warfare but, in fact, training people to do […]

STARTING A NEW JOB


This website was conceived – as the strapline suggests – as a father’s thoughts for his children. I wanted some way of sharing thoughts and ideas with my children that didn’t involve me boring them rigid over the dinner table (not unknown). I’ve been pretty rubbish at focusing on the sorts of topics that might […]

2017: TO WHAT CAUSE ARE YOU DEVOTED?


Nigel Farage Mr Nigel Farage MEP elicits mixed emotions. Some folk warm to the bloke and dislike his politics. Others recoil at the man, but like his ball skills. Some people think he’s the bees’ knees in all respects; others simply despise everything about him. Whatever your opinion of Nigel Farage, it’s very difficult not […]

2017: WHAT REALLY MATTERS


‘Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies’ Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) Who Would Have Thought It? Did you anticipate the extent to which the EU Referendum would cleave into families and friendships in the way that it did, threatening relationships almost to destruction? Indeed, in some cases, destruction occurred. To take just […]

REMEMBRANCE DAY


As one who served in Her Majesty’s armed forces for 20 years, today’s the day I and many others, with or without direct military experience, take some time to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country since the First World War. Some of my buddies in a requisitioned trawler in the South […]

DOUGLAS CARSWELL MP: ON THE MATTER OF THE BREXIT SELECT COMMITTEE


Mr Douglas Carswell MP has had the following thoughts on the matter of MPs voting for Hilary Benn MP to chair the Brexit Select Committee. I feel sure that Mr Carswell won’t mind me re-posting his comments here but if he does, doubtless he’ll let me know. ‘MPs have voted for Remainer Hilary Benn to […]

EU REFERENDUM: WHAT NOW?


Post-EU Referendum analysis of the principal reasons for voting one way or the other threw out the following key conclusions. Remainians voted primarily out of fear of the economic and social consequences of us leaving the EU: honourable and fair enough. On the other hand, we Leavers voted primarily for self-determination: equally honourable and fair […]

EU REFERENDUM: BREXIT IT IS


Well, there we go. Democracy in action, whether you like the result or not. Remember, the European Union only does sham democracy. The UK does democracy in the raw. Let’s take a moment to look at some sentiments about the European Union. “I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into […]

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