Sit down, if you dare, with someone of a certain age (such as me) and get them to talk about TV programmes. They’ll tell you tales that forty or fifty years ago, TV was so much better, with Porridge, Monty Python, Cathy Come Home and a dozen other classics. And if you’re not careful, you’ll… Read on >

A few days ago, I was reading “Churchill’s Iceman”, a book about a cousin of TV personality Magnus Pyke who may have been a spy and was definitely an inventor, visionary educator… and an investor. What caught his attention was that, as the price of copper went up, the price of tin tumbled. And vice… Read on >

Jog on, jargon

October 11, 2016

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Image credit: ImageFlow/Shutterstock I’d probably bet my last thousand bucks that you missed Alan Sokal’s 1994 contribution to the publication Social Text. A quick sample, then. Enjoy. “[T]he  pi of Euclid and the G of Newton, formerly thought to be constant and universal, are now perceived in their ineluctable historicity; and the putative observer becomes… Read on >

Are You a FREE Thinker?

July 19, 2016

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Even if you ignore the now disproven (and non-existent) research by Yale Psychology department, it’s a fact that for many people, the word FREE is the most powerful word in the English language. Not convinced? Check out anything by US DM writing guru Herschell Gordon Lewis, and you’ll see things my way. The trouble is,… Read on >