Archives for 2014

…on the First Moon Landing

At Rice University in Houston, Texas on 12 September 1962, John F Kennedy stood in front of the assembled audience and declared that “We choose to go to the Moon”; on Monday 21st of July 1969 at 02:56:15 UTC, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind“[1] off the […]

…on the Great Tax Avoidance Furore

Tax Avoidance hits the news again as yet another celebrity (in this case Gary Barlow of Take That) has been found using legal schemes to reduce his tax bill, and the full weight of the media and public opinion is being brought down upon him, with demands that he be striped of his OBE (thereby […]

…on Equal Marriage in (parts of) the UK

I wasn’t going to write anything about this, but why the heck not? It’s a massive day for many people, a day well worth celebrating. For today is the day when it became legal for same-sex couples to get married in England & Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland follow soon). Now I spoke about the […]

…on why I’m Boycotting Sochi 2014

Friday 7th February 2014 sees the opening of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, where the greatest winter sports athletes from around the world come to compete with each other in a show of tremendous sporting prowess. Given how much I loved my visit to the London 2012 Olympics, you might expect that I’ll be watching […]

…on the Internet and The Truth

The internet is, without doubt, a wonderful invention. The ability to have a vast array of facts, figures, opinions, research and information at your fingertips almost instantly, from all across the planet, is something which seemed like pure science fiction only 30 years ago. And with it brings the possibility of a huge Golden Era […]