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Against the “Plain English Campaign”

In my very varied career of almost 40 years, I’ve spent a good half of it as a writer. My professional qualifications are technical, first in electronics and avionics engineering, and then I converted to IT (programming, application development, and business-systems … Continue reading

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What is the Meaning of Life?

What is the Meaning of Life? This is a notoriously difficult question to attempt to answer seriously in the English language. Indeed, it is almost always seen as a ridiculous question, and as the starting point for a joke. Satirical … Continue reading

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The Gut Feeling of UK Women on Fracking

The Science, the Politics,  and the Oil-and-Gas Propaganda “Women don’t understand fracking”, reported scientist Professor Averil Macdonald recently in the national press. Professor Macdonald is an emeritus professor of the communication of science, recently appointed as Chairwoman of  UK Onshore Oil … Continue reading

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La contrainte, c’est la liberté !

A French friend once told me that ‘constraint is freedom’.  Well-travelled, she leads groups of artists on travel-sketching holidays.  She always sets constraints, such as : “you have 30 minutes, and you must choose a subject between here and the … Continue reading

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Just a sketch

John: artist and philosopher. A quick sketch before venturing out to the pub to put the world to rights.

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