Not a bad case of Beckham’s underpants

Not a bad case of Beckham’s underpants   In his essay Viruses of the Mind Richard Dawkins argues that the nonsenses of religious belief invade brains and take over their copying strategies to spread themselves, just as viruses  spread themselves by...

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We need a second referendum

I'm not necessarily against Brexit. I voted Remain but with a divided mind. There's a lot wrong with the EU. Immigration is a real issue. CAP which gives huge amounts of tax payers' money to rich landowners is, in...

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I suppose it is perfection of form

from my collection Is There Anybody There? 28 poems. If you'd like it send an e mail to thomas2205.jackson@me.com and I'll send a free pdf. Or as it's nice to have a printed poetry book send land address and...

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The NT versus the NFU

The National Trust and the National Farmers Union are in head on collision over the maintenance of the subsidies at present paid by the EU after Brexit.  The Trust’s case is that the subsidies encourage farmers to over-produce,  destroying...

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Sweet borage with your loving eye

I’m looking at a sky blue Manchester City shirt.  I don’t think I’m getting pleasure from the colour itself.  After all science explains well enough that things are the colour they are because their molecules reflect some light waves...

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It’s the weekend in New York or your kids – or is it?

It’s amazing how the ancient myths get it right.  Consider the story of Icarus.  He makes himself wax wings and flies too close to the sun, with the consequence he comes crashing down to earth again.  This is exactly...

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Just go away Dawkins

I’m so looking forward to Lent and once more accompanying the Lord Jesus now dwelling in my heart through his passion and resurrection.  What a drag prayer used to be when I was a monk and, so unexpectedly, how...

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Dawkins thinks colours are ‘arbitrary tags’ but for Newton ye colors are in ye light

One of the first iconic experiments  in science was Newton’s shining light through a prism.  He sported his oak at Cambridge (for it is not concordant with the honour of an ancient university to use so banal a phrase...

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Where the beauty?

We share 99% of our genes with chimpanzees.  We are almost the apes that we are not.  In six million years, perhaps as little as four million, in the blink of an eye in evolutionary terms, we evolved from...

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Not holding out my empty jam jar though

Who was the primary cause of the decline of the economy in the American rust belt? Trump. Trump and people like him. Every dollar that should be paid in taxes but (usually quite legally) isn't, means that to keep...

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