Category Archives: Random thoughts

On open letters

As I see it, open letters take one of two forms. The first one is possibly useful: Dear (insert name of recipient), Hey, I’ve lost all your contact details, and as you’ve got a pretty common name, googling you isn’t helping me find them. I’m hoping that you look at this site and remember me, […]

The house of awesomeness

The early Olympics were intended to have a much wider context than being just a sporting contest. There were contests in the arts alongside the sporting contests, and two of the first Games were held concurrently with international expositions (Paris in 1900 and St Louis in 1904). This year, there’s also been the Cultural Olympiad […]

Two views, one day

After waking, he checked his portable communication device, which instantly gave him the latest score in the Ashes Test from Sydney, confirming that England were on course to win the match, and with it, the series. He went downstairs and picked up his portable reading device, selecting a book from the list of hundreds it […]

Back to the Moon

Here’s a question that’s been dwelling on my mind for a while: if it was necessary for human beings to return to the Moon as soon as possible, how long would it take? We know that there are various promises from different national space programmes to go (or return) to the moon in the next […]

Time travelling thoughts

Looking through the Onion site, I found this interesting article in the AV Club about time travel and when and where you’d choose to go live for a few years if you had the opportunity: Where and when would you most want to live for five years, restricted to a five-mile radius? Everyone says things […]

A thought on Government

Merely being better at it than Labour is like being funnier than Michael McIntyre – there’s a few people who might think it’s a laudable achievement but it’s really just clearing an extremely low hurdle. Related PostsIt’s time to end the Coalition

Cerebri

Just had an idea for a film that would surely be a massive success, merging two things that are very popular in various media: Gladiators vs Zombies. Tattered corpses lurching through the streets of ancient Rome to confront the serried ranks of gladiators who stand waiting for them as the last line of defence before […]

Cosy catastrophes

There’s something about the way the volcanic ash story is developing that makes me feel we’re in the opening chapters of one of John Wyndham or John Christopher‘s world-ending novels of the mid-20th century. Not that I’m claiming the eruption of an Icelandic volcano is the beginning of the civilization-ending apocalypse – though that’s exactly […]

A marriage made in a very restrictive view of heaven

According to her website, Jan Moir has a partner referred to only as ‘S’. Our old friends at Christian Voice have a press release echoing her comments that Stephen Gateley’s death was linked to his being gay. Christian Voice is run by (and possibly composed entirely of) Stephen Green. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.

Sign of the times

When I was out on a walk the other day (more details on Sunday), I noticed this sign: At first glance, I thought it was just another variant on the same sort of sign you see a lot of when you’re walking – and it is, but note who it’s from. Yes, the Homes and […]