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Archive for the ‘NATURAL FORCES’ Category


November 4, 2019

A good TV programme recently about Quantum Physics. It seems that at the sub-atomic level there is a THING (which must have some special name) that is itself made up of a lot of MINI-THINGS. Every of these is capable of developing into a THING and they can communicate with each other. Some accident (nature […]


October 5, 2019

Congratulations on ignoring all the cautious advice given to you, and saying loud and clear what you really think. These clever diplomatic people (advisers) ignore the fact that what you feel, deep down, is a valuable signal and an indication of how you might act if you got the chance. If somebody really hates me, […]

Climate change.

September 24, 2019

This is getting all the publicity right now. Marches all over the world – largely by children – and a summit meeting of world leaders to discuss actions. Is it real? Who will be affected? Will anybody care? What will be done about it? In an age when none of the media can be fully […]


September 20, 2019

This is a book I would never have read if it had not bee)n recommended to me by a fellow-resident in the Old People’s Home where we live. (a.k.a. Luxury Retirement Village.) The writer (Dervla Murphy) is an Irish woman of great courage and determination who travelled around South Africa by bicycle just before and […]


August 28, 2019

A few days ago I met a grand-daughter of a fellow resident in this OPH. Asked to meet her at the station. Same request yesterday but different grand-daughter.  I learnt a bit more about modern female thought this time, because I spent an hour with GM and GD. Works in the caring profession. Studying psychology […]


November 28, 2014

It amazes me that we see so little in the media about the motivation of those we disagree with. Topical instances are Russian Aggression under Putin and young British Muslims going off to enlist as terrorists. One can argue that understanding them is irrelevant because we are going to oppose them anyway, but it may […]


October 30, 2014

The October 27th papers gave substantial coverage to the end of British military involvement in Afghanistan. Some writers doubted the possibility of Britain ever again wanting to, or being capable of undertaking such a campaign. I felt called to consider my own attitude. I am conditioned, of course. When I was a young man significant […]


October 11, 2014

Resuming the life if a blogger after six months enforced absence is a bit like the surfacing after a realistic and dramatic dream. “Where am I? What is this that I am seeing? What is going on?” In this new-to-me world I find that some of the issues that concerned me when I went to […]


November 30, 2013

I posted on the Scotland issue yesterday but felt that I had missed something. I wonder if the deepest motive in the SNP campaign is just a historic ANTI-ENGLISHNESS. They have got some reason to feel this way because, on the whole, they came off worst in our various conflicts. But they did remarkably well in fights […]


September 18, 2013

I finished my last post arguing that we can never know what is ‘out there’ so the best response is to have another beer and forget it. That is still my attitude so far as finding answers is concerned, but speculating is fun so I go on doing it. Last Sunday I watched a religious […]