‘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 […]

Hope, Anger and Courage In a previous post on this subject I argued that if we were going to get serious about fighting the terrorist threat we now face, we needed to start with some form of societal change of attitude. Attitude is a settled way of feeling or thinking about something. In that same post, […]

Warning: this post contains black/military humour I know we live in an era when to offend is to all but commit a crime, but I’m going to risk offending a few folk anyway (stuff it, I’m too old to care). If the ongoing incident on London Bridge turns out to be a terrorist incident then I […]

‘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’ […]

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 […]

As we approach the UK General Election on 8 June, three things stand out as far as voting here in Moray (a constituency of about 90,000 people in the north of Scotland) is concerned. First, in the recent local election, veteran Scottish National Party (SNP) councillor Gordon McDonald failed to get elected; you don’t get […]

Please forgive this somewhat parochial post, which is important to me and 75,000 other voters living in the Scottish shire of Moray. Welcome in particular to readers of The Northern Scot and The Press & Journal newspapers! NB: I have amended the original post on this subject to reflect feedback from a Moray Councillor on the facts […]


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