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The burgeoning population problem here on Earth (Terra) inspired me to create an imaginary world called Tellus, a colonised planet beset with chronic over-population problems stumbling toward a dreadful and draconian conclusion. I will admit that my choice of the name...

January 28, 2017

The Chartist-led ‘uprising’ or violent demonstration in Newport in 1839 was one of the most serious acts of its kind on mainland Britain, occasioning one of the worst losses of life in a single event of public disobedience, and with very profound consequences for futur...

November 11, 2016

I don’t hate cats, but neither do I love them. I can take them or leave them, if the truth be told; that is, liking particular individuals whilst disliking others – a bit like one’s attitude to people, I suppose.

  

Cats are what they are: animals, which – especiall...

September 21, 2016

Writing about one’s family is always problematical because – for one thing – some of them are still alive, or their descendants are, and however well-intentioned one might be someone may very well take umbrage at something or other. These stories though are nothing but...

January 8, 2014

 

 

I have completed a new book and it’s a fresh departure for me in terms of genre – an historical fiction, the first of an intended trilogy: Hero for a Dark Age: Arthur. 

 

Now this is a pretty crowded part of almost any library anywhere so why did I have the temerity to...

May 16, 2013

 

Photograph by Jonathan Kingston, National Geographic

 

So, it has happened and much sooner than many climatologists expected – a landmark level of 400 parts per million of CO2 has been detected in the Earth’s atmosphere on a mountain top in the state of Hawaii.*

 

This is...

April 29, 2013

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Having recently enthused about novel searches for cheap, endless and thoroughly green energy, lo and behold The Independent (@SteveAConnor, 27 April 2013) has just headlined a phenomenal development that might eclipse these others altogether: nuclear...

April 24, 2013

Image: The Independent/EPA

 

In previous blogs I have said that I have a generally positive attitude toward science and technology and that I am not anti-science as such; a sceptic, yes, but not a complete Anti. However, given that a few of my earliest blogs have gone on...

March 21, 2013

Image: Auscape/UIG via Getty Images

 

In a recent blog I mentioned the danger inherent in the scientific method of pursuing things for their own sake, just because they might be done rather than they should or ought to be done, viz. the talk (only talk so far) of bringin...

March 6, 2013

Image: Reuters

 

According to a report in The Independent newspaper (UK), published on 28th February 2013, only 49% of respondents in a survey of 22,812 people in 22 countries conducted by GlobeScan Radar now think that global warming (and air and water pollution, anima...

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