Dear Supermarket…

Dear Morrisons.  Yours is a wonderful shop but we are dismayed by the oceans of plastic packaging involved.  Are you doing anything about it?  More open bins?  Paper bags instead of plastic ones?  Yours sincerely. Thomas   Dear Tesco Yours is...

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The world is losing the battle against climate change

The world is losing the battle against climate change. According to Climate Action Tracker not a single major industrial nation is on course to keep to the agreement they made in 2015 in Paris. 2017 was the worst year...

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Fossil fuel investments have soared under Trump

Bank holdings in “extreme” fossil fuels skyrocketed globally to $115bn during Donald Trump’s first year as US president, with holdings in tar sands oil more than doubling, a new report has found. A sharp flight from fossil fuels investments after...

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A great comedy duo?

I sometimes wonder whether Thomas Aquinas and Brother Reginald, a lay brother the Dominicans appointed to make sure the great philosopher didn't fall into a ditch or walk out into the road and things, were not a great comedy...

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Looking for a Father (2)

The infant is saved from Winnicott’s dreadful terrors of disintegration and total annihilation of his tiny being by the equally all-encompassing and total love of “the good enough mother”.  But there is a price to be paid.  How, when...

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Looking for a Father (1)

Looking for a Father (1)   One of my favourite authors is Christopher Bollas, a member of the British school of psycho-analysis whose inspirational founder was D.W. Winnicott.  Winnicott’s great insight was that human infants are born extremely prematurely (on brain...

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Climate change? What an opportunity for the UK

Britain has just achieved its lowest carbon emissions since 1909 and that has to be good news.  But not that good.  Globally, 2017 achieved the highest carbon emissions on record.  In any case, such news misses the point and...

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Not the first Baconian, the last Platonist

Galileo did not only overthrow Aristotle’s physics of motion, he destroyed the whole myth of the ordered cosmos, he most painfully disturbed the intellectual and the emotional  securities it had sustained and threatened the very stability of societies which...

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Of worms and microbes that we are so thoughtlessly destroying

It was Charles Darwin who first realized the importance of worms.  He kept an array of them in jars on his mantelpiece and found that they gradually process leaves and other debris through the acids in their stomachs and...

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Rees-Mogg, Boris and Gove the dream team? In your dreams

I can see why people cite South Korea as a model for a post-Brexit UK. Like Britain, South Korea has a small land mass, a large population and few natural resources and yet has made a great success of...

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