In Case Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Doctors are an increasingly totalitarian bunch these days. Not content with the idea that our bodies belong to the state for the pickings of our bits when we die, they want to tell us how to live our lives while…

Stony Stratford Smoking ban

Smokers like me may be expected to be outraged at proposals by Stony Stratford Town Council to use a new bylaw to ban smoking in all public places, but actually I welcome the issue coming to a head. As a Localist,…

How others do it

One of my favourite authors is Terry Pratchett, he has consistently managed to keep me very amused with his Discworld series of books and is probably one of the greats (in my opinion) of English literature. Yet he also has…

Britain in good hands

How not to develop wave energy They had been told (by academics and other grant fed organisations) that the key to success of Danish wind had been their wind research “institute” called Risø, and therefore by inference, the need was…

The snake’s belly and the ‘hood

How low have we got? Try the slopes of moral hell. Mrs. NW and I once gave up a whole evening ( quite unasked by her) standing Adele free beers and shoulders to cry on; listening to her family woes…

Life, liberty and feminism in France

I’ve been reading The Secret Life of France, by Lucy Wadham, Faber&Faber, 2009, on the differences between French and British culture [part 1 is here]. It’s not only an interesting insight into France but also into the way an Englishwoman…

Alas poor Coventry, I knew it better then

When Larkin came upon Coventry that time (as is immortalised in the poem), he was reminded that his childhood was not remarkable. These days, however, a child’s experience of Cov (as we call it from neighbouring town, Dav – imagine,…

Sickening…

A few weeks ago, the subject of the law on euthanasia was raised and debated on blogs, such as Anna Raccoon’s piece here, as a result of the Terry Pratchett documentary. Many people welcomed it, many people regarded it as…

Presumed Consent and the BMA

I’ve discussed the idea of presumed consent for organ donation a number of times over at my place ever since the idea raised its ugly head. The debate inevitably polarises into two distinct camps. There are the utilitarians who argue –  with some…

Weekend musings from the mountains of Poland.

Rain is falling from the black clouds which obscure what should be the panoramic view of the Tatry Mountains as sometimes seen from our hotel balcony. Under the cloud and through the rain, everything is green, in stark contrast to…