Category Archives: education

I was young once, but the youth are young forever

This weekend we went to see friends in Sheffield. For a change, the (outrageously expensive) train journeys changing at Birmingham were almost entirely faultless: certainly nothing we could complain about. That is, only if you consider what the train companies … Continue reading

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Veni, Vidi, Ici

After I’d spontaneously forgotten my credit-card PIN, I decided take a couple of hours out to recharge my batteries and replace all those blown fuses. I’ve got a soft spot for the recently rebuilt Ashmolean – although there are very … Continue reading

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Human cycle not school run

I will miss this peace, when the school run starts again. The roads blissfully empty; parked and double-parked cars almost absent; nobody U-turning near manned zebra crossings, ignorant of the rest of the world, to hurry back home, or to … Continue reading

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Handling my lack of knowledge

It’s indicative of the gulf between his formative experiences and his current priorities in life, that only yesterday did this gardening-loving 35-year-old environmentalist learned how to use a hoe. Some skills are considered so simple that they should only be … Continue reading

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It’ll be light soon, but I’m light now

My tendency over the years has been to move towards lighter and lighter bike frames (though not quite as expensive as carbon-fibre ones), but then acquire considerably more gear on top of them. The past two years I’ve ridden a … Continue reading

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Devotions upon Emergent Readerships

“Your really that concerned about what someone else is reading?” No man is a pamphlet entire of itself; every man is a chapter in the binding, a part of a book; if a leaf be blown away by the wind, … Continue reading

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For those in peril with a tree

I said a couple of weeks ago that I was worried about fixing a shed. I had qualms which centred around how someone as ignorant of DIY and other practical matters as I could possibly supervise events to a sufficient … Continue reading

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Man fixing shed be man intensely alive

Our shed needs fixing. I’ve done the easy bit: I’ve bought ten square metres of felt and some things called clout nails which sound terribly exciting. I’ve even got felt glue, or maybe it’s felt sealant. Whatever: it goes between … Continue reading

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Where there's life, there's life after Hopenhagen

Christmastime and Christmastide wait for no man, and there’s been plenty to prevent me from following up on my doom-laden thoughts about COP15 and what might happen if it failed: which it did. Before 2009 draws entirely to a close … Continue reading

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Scientists are mostly skeptics; denialists merely wrong

I admire skepticism. Being cool-headed about empirical situations helps you make informed conclusions, and hence decisions, even as you might labour under the pressure of those situations. Science constitutes formalized skepticism: strictly so in its theoretical, dehumanized sense; more approximately … Continue reading

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