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January 15, 2018 16 comments

Why is it that I don’t have the right to edit posts in threads that I’ve started ? The edit link is there but apparently I don’t have the right to actually edit stuff. Does this just apply to me or is it general ?

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No Words Needed

January 11, 2018 38 comments

This email arrived courtesy of one of my old training ship pals under the heading ‘No Words Needed’ .


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I suppose this could be true in Britain as well.

January 1, 2018 7 comments

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Blue Grass version of Rocket Man

November 17, 2017 5 comments

I like this. I wonder what the intellectual contingent think ?


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Worth reading if you have time

November 13, 2017 2 comments
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November 11, 2017 1 comment

Just a couple of pics of and from the new Westgate Centre in Oxford. From my point of view (as a non shopper) the best feature is the top level which contains mainly restaurants and coffee shops, is largely open and affords some good views of the city. No doubt Janus will recognise some of the landmarks. Read more…

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Good piece on the Spectator Coffee House blog site.

September 15, 2017 6 comments

Francis Maude on reforming the civil service so that it can deal with Brexit. At least that’s what the title says. In fact it is a fairly far reaching analysis of flaws in the system that many of us have already suspected.

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Political Correctness.

September 3, 2017 24 comments

I wonder if the rise in political correctness is linked to the fact that we are living further and further away from nature. In times past when folk lived by the seasons and off the land (no out of season strawberries at Tesco) there wasn’t room for such nonsense.

Of course they had religion to contend with, but that’s not quite the same thing.

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Another Gee Whiz Idea

August 29, 2017 8 comments

There’s been a lot of fuss recently over the regrading of exam results i.e. going from A*,A, B, C, D, E, F (or something) ┬áto grades 1 to 9 with 9 being the highest. This is not a subject that I have ever really concerned myself with. All the exams I’ve taken since leaving school were pass or fail with the pass mark being 70% so anything more was wasted effort. Read more…

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Practice what you preach

August 27, 2017 10 comments

We are always being told that chocolate bars, crisps, fizzy drinks etc are bad for us. So why is this in the waiting area of a local A&E.



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