…on Racism and the EU Referendum Aftermath

I am angry as hell. Angry that the Leave campaign lied comprehensively, and have gone back on every campaign promise within 48 hours (including no millions weekly to the NHS and no change to EU immigration, etc); Angry that none of the Leave leaders have a clue what to do now – “We don’t have a plan for dealing […]

…on the UK/EU Referendum 2016.

On 23rd June 2016 in the EU Referendum, the general populace of the UK will be asked to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave the EU. This was the result of an election manifesto commitment from the winning Conservative party (more on that below), and since the date […]

…on Daesh, Bombing and Parliamentary Shenanigans

Sit tight, this is going to be a long one! There’s a lot in here, so best get yourself a cup of tea and sit somewhere comfortably. I don’t expect you will agree with all of it; I strongly suspect you will disagree with at least some if not most of it! But at least […]

…on WHO, Bacon and Cancer

So the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has apparently classified bacon as a highly dangerous cancer-causing menace which must be avoided at all costs, and they are pretty sure all red meat probably also causes cancer in anyone who so much as thinks about it, and therefore in order to have […]

…on the Hypocrisy of The Media

“What?”, I hear you cry, “Surely our beloved media can’t possibly be staffed by hypocrites?”. Well, I’m afraid it would appear that they most definitely are, as today’s papers prove. Yesterday there was a service of remembrance for those who fought and died in the Battle of Britain, on the 75th anniversary of same. All […]

…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 […]

…on Tom Daley

On 2nd December, in a 5 and a half minute video he recorded and posted on YouTube, Olympian and multiple medal-winning diver Tom Daley announces that he is in a relationship with another guy and has been since the spring of this year, and that right now he couldn’t be happier. “I still fancy girls, […]

…on living with Depression

A glimpse into what it’s like to live with depression, unexpected outcomes, and how you can help someone who is depressed.

…on Gay Marriage (or Marriage to give it its proper name)

As the UK publishes its Bill for gay marriage (or Marriage, to give it the correct term), here’s a counter to some of the arguments of those opposed.

…on Increasing Authoritarianism and Fake Outrage In The UK.

Did we really fight wars in the name of freedom simply to then deny ourselves freedom anyway? It would appear so.

…on New Star Wars Films.

So it’s official! Disney have bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas (for several extremely large wheelbarrows full of cash), and they are going to make more Star Wars films! It’s been announced that they aim to release Episode VII in 2015, with the next two episodes coming and 2-3 year intervals after that (and rumours they […]

…on National Coming Out Day

Today, 11th October, is National Coming Out Day in many countries round the world (including Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America), so in the spirit of the day I shall come right out and say it. I’m gay. Which I know comes […]

…on living without a car

(or… “Public Transport; Taking you from not quite where you are, to not quite where you want to go, not quite when you want to go there”).
It is now exactly 1 year since I sold my car, and I thought I ought to take a moment to reflect upon life without a car.

…on Apocalypse Insanity.

According to  some people (who ought to know better if only they would stop and think for a moment), 21st December 2012 will see the of the world (or, for the more overly-enthusiastic out there , the universe itself).  It is not mentioned at which time the demise will commence, nor is it mentioned which timezone applies; […]

…on The Dangerous Nature Of ‘Reality’ TV

As I write this, it is barely a week since the greatest Olympics ever staged, with our country’s athletes across the board doing the best they have done for 104 years in terms of medals. Our nation was pretty much united in its support of not only TeamGB but also every other nation competing. The […]

…on London 2012 Opening Ceremony

Finally, after 7+ years of planning, the London 2012 Olympics are upon us. So what of the opening ceremony? Source of national pride, or international embarrassment? Only one way to find out!

…on moving to a new home.

The joys of finding your free web hosting service gets canned, and the fun of setting it up all over again elsewhere.

…on ordering beer abroad.

Travelling round the world, visiting new countries and cultures, always brings the risk of falling foul of the language barrier. Many places will tell you how to say helpful thing like “please” and “thank you”, but what about the really important things, like how to order two beers? Fear not, for help is at hand […]

…on living with a Lotus.

Today I sold my beloved Lotus Elise 111S (lovely Bell & Colvill who supplied it from new and serviced it for me ever since were kind enough to make me a good offer for it).  This is the first time for 11 years that I have not had a Lotus (prior to having the yellow 111S series 2 I had the blue Lotus […]

…on Redundancy and Opportunity.

On June 16th my position was made redundant (remember, it is always the job, not the person, which is made redundant) and so after 12.5 years there (23 years of regular employment in total through various companies since graduating) and so now, for the first time ever, I am officially (and unexpectedly) unemployed. It’s a …

…on The Royal Wedding.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey today. Members of The Royal Family including Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the service at the Abbey, along with around 1,900 guests.” – http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/ There can be few who were unaware […]

…On Global Warming, Climate and Weather.

On the important differences between Climate and Weather, and how change in one doesn’t necessarily predict change in the other…

…on Swearing, Obscenities and Obsession.

A polite warning for those of you who may find such things offensive – this contains “swear words”. Lots and lots of them. If the use of such language does offend you then please just move swiftly on for I don’t want to cause you unnecessary offence. Still reading? Excellent. So, just what is it […]

…on Social Networks.

Ah yes. Good old Social Networking sites. Where you can sit at the computer all day being sociable with other people sat at their computers all day, instead of just going to the pub and socialising in the real world with those same people. At least…

…on Ticket Touts (and other leeches)

Ticket touts. They are just a bunch of people screwing money out of fans with not even the pretence of offering some sort of service in exchange. They are contemptible. Freeloaders. Leeches.

So what to do about them?

…on meeting a childhood hero (or two)

The day I got to meet a childhood hero (well, two of them) at their house. So, is it true one should never meet their heroes for fear of disappointment?

…on Lost.

So finally, after 6 seasons and 6 long years, it’s all over, ending as it began.
Lost is finished, the story is complete and all the answers to the mysteries they are ever going to reveal have been revealed.

It seems that…

…on Voting Reform

As I write this, it is now three days since the UK General Election of May 2010 (normally one need only specify the year but this time round, who knows what’s down the road!) and we still have no real idea of who is going to form the new government. What is clear, however, is […]

…on Mum.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day (it also happens to be my birthday, and also Pi Day, but those are topics for another time). However, today (6 days before Mother’s Day) is a less celebratory day, as it is 6 years to the day since my Mum passed away. 6 years! Where has the time gone?! […]

…on Islamic Science or What Have The Muslims Ever Done For Us?

Founded in the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century AD, Islam is followed by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, particularly in North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. The ritual observances and moral code of Islam were said to have been given by Allah to Muhammad as a series of revelations, which […]

…on the Pomposity of Blogging.

pomposity [pɒmˈpɒsɪti] (noun) from pompous [ˈpɒmpəs] (adjective) – affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, or self-important : “a pompous idiot who pretends he knows everything.” ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French pompeux ‘full of grandeur,’ from late Latin pomposus, from pompa ‘pomp.’ Blogs. They are everywhere. Everyone writes them. They are, we are regularly […]