Trains – we gave them names

I am writing these words on a train. It left Bridgend in South Wales at seven o’clock on Monday morning and will arrive in London Paddington at about nine thirty. The fare cost me £114.50, which was the cheapest fare available to me and my circumstances.

I am squeezed into a seat which enables me to perch my small laptop computer and write these words, with a luxury of an electrical socket, to feed my elderly computer otherwise it will not last. Continue reading

The outlook is for more gales and floods

When the vessels of the Royal Navy relied on wind power, and not on coal, oil or nuclear power, the sailors thought that when the equinox arrived would come gales and strong winds. It was thought that the shortening of daylight by a minute less than twelve hours was a recipe for autumn gales. If we are wise we know now that we know very little about weather except what we experience and in Britain, true to the sailors’ theory we have seen many parts of the country subject to gales and extraordinary rainfall. Continue reading

New Circumstances Require New Laws

We all love our freedom and no one wants to be oppressed. You can be oppressed and subjugated by violence and force and threats but ultimately laws are passed which provide a framework of oppression and a legal methodology which is used to oppress, for with every oppression there is an equal and opposite reaction – the oppressor becmes free to do as he pleases. Continue reading

Trouble with Midges

One of the disadvantages of rapid and cheap travel is that not only does this enable people to move around the world more quickly and effectively than ever before, but it also enables diseases to move around the world more rapidly than before. In the Americas and in Australia more indigenous people were killed by diseases brought from Europe than were killed in wars with European immigrants. Continue reading