Edward Snowden, Rector of Glasgow University

Students at Glasgow University have a tradition of independence. Every three years they vote for the person who will become the new Rector of the University. This year there were three major candidates, Kevin Holdsworth, Graeme Obree, and Edward Snowden. To the credit of the students, Mr Snowden (presently having sanctuary and asylum in Russia), won the vote by a large margin. Continue reading

Mr Duran’s Borrowings

Up until 2008 banks in the developed world were in the mood to lend money. They generally did not ask too many questions and wanted to grow quickly and make a great deal of money for the bankers who ran them and also as an afterthought for their shareholders. Continue reading

Bio Madness

Some years ago I reported on a study by the University of Berkeley which found that ethanol from corn created more environmental damage in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than excavating for oil. The study was largely ignored as the power of the vested interests lobbied for ethanol from corn and matters have reached a stage where more than half of American corn is grown for biofuel production, damaging the environment and sending the prices of the staple higher than they should be. Continue reading

The Birkenhead Drill and Selfishness

Perhaps our world has become a more selfish place. There have always been very selfish people; why would anyone become or remain a billionaire except for selfishness? However, it seems that selfishness is increasing as more people aspire to the heights of selfishness. Continue reading

Christos Anesti – A Greek Easter More Than 50 Years Ago

Χριστός ἀνέστη!

Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

The traditional Greek Easter Greeting brings memories of going to St Sophia in Moscow Road Bayswater, more than fifty years ago.

I went without eating, Continue reading

For our next trick – anthropogenic weather change

We know that the climate is changing – the evidence that it is warming is overwhelming – and there is now evidence that the weather is changing. A PNAS published study has shown there is a link between the increased emission of sulphides and other particulates from coal fired power stations in China and stronger cyclones and more precipitation in the mid-latitudes of this planet. Continue reading

Friday is Good But…

It is Good Friday today, which is the holiest day in the Christian calendar but the day does not have the same feeling, as far as I am concerned (and I write without any religious conviction or prejudice) as Christmas Day. Every day has a different feeling. The feeling that good Friday engenders is to me not clear and does not enable me to wallow in the emotion and sentiment that Christmas Day brings.

Nevertheless I wish everyone a very good Good Friday.

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