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The End of Faith

Some sort of deep scepticism about religion – not in terms of definition of whether God exists, but rather a concern about the institutions of religion – has been growing in my thoughts for some years. The book “The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason” by […]


Glorious Britain? Don’t think so

I am on my way out of London for a fortnight. I have been looking forward to this escape so much, and my determination to get away has been hugely amplified by the total mess that is Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3 on a Friday afternoon. It is beyond me how […]


The NHS – almost too swift?

I wrote about my first experiences of the NHS in Lambeth / Clapham in a post a little while ago. Referral to the minor surgery clinic in Grantham Road, Stockwell, took a little more than a week to sort out, and getting the appointment made was very swift.


Fear on the Tube

It’s quite a horrid place at the best of times, but travel on the London Underground has become really more fraught than ever now. This article from BBC News Online is an excellent summary of how people are feeling, and how odd the situation can become. I have a particular […]


Welcome to multi-lingual blogging with gimmicks!

From today you will notice a whole series of new links at the end of every post – machine translations into the languages that people visiting this blog are likely to speak. The technology is of course not perfect, but I hope that there links will be more than just […]


London attacks – we must not lose our heads [UPDATED, 25.07.2005]

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…"Rudyard Kipling, 1910 Never before have those words seemed so apt. For my fear today is that the country is starting to lose its head in its reaction to the second round of attempted bombings (21st July) and […]


British obsessions: plastic bags

I think UK supermarkets must be almost unique in Europe – they try to give you extra free plastic bags for your shopping, even when you don’t want them! In the rest of Europe, the situation is the opposite. The state needs to do something about it. I was behind […]

EU Politics

The frustrations of summer skating

Feeling a bit athletic and having a free weekend in London, I decided it might be a nice idea to go for a skate. Problem is that skating in London is really restricted and I wonder what could be done to improve it.


The London Underground: some practical ways to improve it

I do my best to cycle to and from work regularly, partly because it keeps you fit, but partly because the London Underground is the only other reliable option to get from Clapham to Westminster. The system is old, and expensive and hot to travel on in summer. Those things […]