A cold Easter and our greed and carelessness

The weather this Easter has been odd for Easter. Easter lambs are trapped under snowfalls as a rare cold easterly wind sends temperatures down to below freezing; Easter is early this year and Easter Sunday sees the day when the clocks are would back an hour, the start of longer evenings but the weather takes no notice. The biosphere is loaded with heat in places where it has not such year for a hundred millennia and the great oscillations have been moved fractionally to change their behaviour which has been more or less predictable for centuries. Now the oscillations are less predictable and more unpredictable. Continue reading

The Long Bank Holiday

After the longest bank holiday in Cyprus (and probably in Europe) the banks are open for business. People can draw as much as euros 300 a day in cash. There are controls to prevent the flight of capital out of the country, because who, in his right mind, would not cut his losses in Cyprus if he could and who in his right mind would invest in Cyprus in circumstances when he knows that (a) he is not permitted to get his profits of his investment out (b) the European Union has taken a set against Cyprus and is punishing Cyprus for economic problems created by the profligacy Greece and a business model based on that of Luxembourg and Switzerland? Continue reading

They Call it Good Friday

Christians call today Good Friday. It is a Friday, without doubt, and they describe it as “good” because a man (who is also apparently not a man) was tortured and killed for political reasons that I understand but for religious reasons which I do not think anyone can  understand as a matter of logic but have to be felt or accepted, rather than understood. Continue reading

The Renewable Heat Incentive

It is just not possible to run a renewable heat business in the United Kingdom.  Government politicians Mr Greg Barker and Mr Ed Davey who are in charge of renewable heat policies simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth when they publish a plan and they certainly cannot be trusted to stick to their announcement. You cannot simply believe anything that the Department of Energy and Climate Change publishes on its website about its plans for the Renewable Heat Incentive. Continue reading

The Story and the Plot

We all like stories. Watching sport is simply watching a story and playing sport is simply being in a story. Our lives are stories and although we can forget the older parts of the story we live our stories each day. E M Forster wrote that “the King died and then the Queen died” is a story, but “the king died and then the Queen died of grief” is a plot. In our lives we live the story but fail to understand the plot. Continue reading

The New Cyprus Problem

There has always been a Cyprus problem. It is a small island which has been ruled by many colonial powers for much of its recorded history. The French, Venetians, the Ottomans and the British all colonised Cyprus and exploited its people. Cyprus achieved independence despite the fierce opposition by many British in 1960; the colonial system of divide and rule drove a political rift between the Greeks and the Turks who lived in the island and after fighting in 1974 the island split into two sectors. Reunification of the island had until now been the Cyprus problem but today there is a new Cyprus problem, without the old problem having been solved. Continue reading

Evolution and inter species dependency

There are two separate processes in nature. One is an evolutionary process in which animals evolve into better animals more adapted to the environment in which they live. Darwin’s idea was of the origin of species by means of natural selection, which was not only the title of his greatest work but also his own summary of how he saw things were happening. His idea is sometimes called “the survival of the fittest” but that name fails to emphasise the way in which the fittest become the fittest by a natural selection of those with the features that are most adaptive. Continue reading

Reasonableness and Proportionality

The law of England and Wales developed a concept of reasonableness; the law is usually blind to the sex of people and the phrase “the reasonable man” has a better ring to it than “the reasonable person”. In any event, the Interpretation Act deemed men women and vice versa for the purposes of statute law. Having developed a concept of the reasonable man, much of law turned on what a reasonable man would do or think or how a reasonable man would react.
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Keeping the Gas On

As I write these words, on the second day of Spring after a long hard cold and wet winter in London, it is now snowing and the snow is settling on the roof tops and on the cars. Spring snow is rare, not quite as scarce as hen’s teeth, but an event to be noted. Continue reading

We shall force the future generations to make sacrifices for us…

As the United Kingdom and EDF are working out the final terms of the long term contract that EDF requires before it builds a nuclear power plant in Hinckley Point in Somerset, Tokyo Electric Power Company announced that the electricity supply to the cooling system at the damaged Fukushima power plant had failed for four spent reactor ponds at three reactors. Apparently a rat had bitten through the electrical supply shutting down some of the cooling systems. Continue reading