The Nobility of the British Empire

The Nobility of the British Empire. I want you to think about Rudolf Höss who was the commandant of Auschwitz.  He oversaw the worst crime in history (although our slave trade is up there competing hard).  After a mass gassing he would...

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Britain’s Labour Problem

The HGV crisis will in time doubtless be resolved. But the underlying UK problem of shortage of labour will not. Brexit has brought home to us that we have too many old people, too many disabled and too many...

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Cézzane: the mystery of the real

Post 22 Cézanne Jonah Lehrer is himself a neuroscientist so he brings a special level of awareness to Cézanne’s painting techniques.  Not only did Cézanne paint in the most extraordinary way.  Lehrer tells us in Proust Was a Neuro-scientist that his method of painting...

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There is no God beyond the sky. But what of inflation?

There is no God somewhere beyond the sky.  But there is a creative intellectual force deep within the universe.  Most ordinary people like me have at last got round to accepting that the universe began with the Big Bang.  It was with...

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The Fullerene Experiment

Richard Feynman said the whole mystery of quantum physics lies in the two-slit experiment, which showed that not only light but particles of matter are not only particles but also waves. I think the mystery of everything does.  How can...

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“Doing Our Bit for the Environment”

“Doing Our Bit for the Environment” There is a widespread misunderstanding of the so-called greenhouse effect which is fatally undermining the world’s attempts to save itself from climate catastrophe.  Nowhere is this error more clearly demonstrated than in Lord Lawson’s book An...

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Building Jerusalem out of Grass

Currently there is much debate amongst politicians as to how we are going to meet the supposedly 4tr cost of replacing fossil fuels in the UK. The likelihood that nothing effective will be done because Tory backbenchers...

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The one thing the past is not is past

The one thing the past is not is past.

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How precious and mysterious is our freedom

These days I have many issues with The Selflish Gene, but, nevertheless, despite that this is a book telling us all the way through up to the last page the precise opposite, Richard Dawkins ends it with such a thrilling...

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Saving Downside – and helping to save the planet

I am now extremely distressed by the monks’ decision to leave Downside.  They have a reservoir of great goodwill amongst OGs and the many friends of Downside who would be only too happy to help them, and I now think...

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