Changing Language

I heard Will Self while giving a radio talk in that rather pompous style he affects claim that the English language was better (if I understood him correctly) for all the ne Continue reading

Extremist Views -Reasons to Restrain Freedom

The Government of the United Kingdom is to enact laws preventing people who have extremist views from travelling and restricting their freedom to do certain things. It is not a crime to have extremist views. It should not be a crime to hold extremist views. Extremism. like terrorism, is likely to be defined as that which is against the Government.

Inevitably, the people choose freedom and the Government choose reasons to restrain freedom.

Scared and Tired

I am scared and tired; I fear for the future. I am tired by fear. It is hard to live with weary fatigue: it falls from your feet to your shoulders, it pulls your hair by the roots and is a burden which will never fall until the cause of fear is removed and the fatigue is replaced with the feelings that come when you are not frightened. We are not perfect, but praise those who are the most imperfect and worship that which has no soul and when we sleep, we sleep with fear and fatigue – poor bedfellows.

Closing McDonalds

In Russia six McDonalds’ restaurants have been shut down by the food safety watchdog from breaches of hygiene regulations. With all the tension between Russia and the United States this might be viewed as part of the political posturing between the two nations but Russia has 438 MacDonald’s restaurants and they seem to sell a million meals a day in Russia, so shutting down six as a temporary measure can hardly be a political act. If it were, it would make me smile. Continue reading

Fining Yourself

Can someone please explain to me the logic of fining the Royal Bank of Scotland? The bank has been undertaking some troublesome practices again.  The Financial Conduct Authority has found that more than half of the customers that the bank advised about mortgages, debt consolidation and the affordability of prospective mortgages were given the wrong advice. Presumably the advice was wrong for the customers but not wrong for the bank, and so the FCA has fined the bank £20.7 million with a discount of 30% if the banks pays the fine promptly.  Continue reading

Another Reason For War

I have written much about war and conflict recently. I know that war and conflict is a result of human greed. I wonder whether there is another separate reason for war, one which is unconnected to human desire. Continue reading

Methane Hydrate melting

Not good news, I am afraid, and these bad tidings may be simply a precursor of worse tidings to come. First I should explain the background. Methane is a pernicious greenhouse gas. There is no doubt that atom for atom methane is a more pernicious greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide or water vapour, but not as long lasting in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Continue reading