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Every Day it Gets Worse

Every day you think it can’t get any worse – and it does. We now know that Dominic Cummings, the UK’s de facto prime minister, officially called the Prime Minister’s senior adviser, deliberately flouted the lockdown and drove 260 miles … Continue reading

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Confusion and Incompetence Again

I watched the Prime Minister’s address last night. My reactions were a combination of confusion, horror and then anger at the sheer incompetence of it. The first tweet I looked at afterwards had only two words: “herd immunity”. That was … Continue reading

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Papayas, Azaleas, Manatees and a Rattlesnake February 2020

A month in Florida in winter 2020 is always very welcome. As in November we had to spend some time sorting things out in the house, but have now found some wonderful new property managers who have fixed a host … Continue reading

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Florida in Autumn 2019: Papayas, Gators and Snow

In 2019 our normal 6-8 weeks in Florida in autumn became only 2 weeks because of various matters at home and the election. As we have found before, some things needed attention in the house, not least of which was … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on the 2019 UK Election

1. The election was won by the Tories because people in the “Labour heartlands”, those areas most affected by austerity, voted for the party which caused the austerity in the first place. 2. Almost 2 million more people voted for … Continue reading

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Greece’s Peloponnese in September 2019

This was a long-planned trip to go to our favourite country Greece with our Amercan friend Nancy. We felt that the Peloponnese, which is the southern part of the mainland, was the best area to visit in a week. The … Continue reading

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The Bad Side of Social Media: Brainwashing

An encounter with a leave-supporting protester outside Parliament this week led me, as an information scientist, to look again at the role of social media and the Internet in the Brexit debate. I asked this person, who I call X … Continue reading

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Cyprus in Spring 2019: Nicosia, North Cyprus and the South

This is the second of two blog posts on our visit to Cyprus in May-June 2019. The first post is here. Go here for a picture gallery. In Nicosia, which is now more usually called Lefkosia, we stayed 2 nights … Continue reading

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Cyprus in Spring 2019: Paphos, Polis and Mountains

This is the first of two blog posts on our visit to Cyprus in May-June 2019. The second post is here. Go here for a picture gallery. When our planned trip to Sri Lanka in May 2019 was postponed after … Continue reading

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Florida Day Trips February 2019

It was quite cold when we arrived in Florida in mid-January 2019 but once the weather got better we took a few day trips from our house in February. Go here for a picture gallery. Lake Louisa State Park Much … Continue reading

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