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Should cycle helmets be compulsory?  No!

Everyone seems to have an opinion on it!  A few people have told me that cyclists should have to wear a helmet.  No they should no.  I have tried explaining but the points about the inconvenience of wearing one and my feeling that drivers give me more room when I am helmet free didn’t have [...]

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Air pollution

It’s killing you. Two of my interests are the protection of our environment and cycling so one particular topic that pops up on my radar time and time again is that of air pollution. A year ago I went on a protest against the wider issue of climate change entitled “Time to Act“.   It [...]

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Road safety

I will use this blog post as a pointer to a new static area on my site under Musings & Ideas called “Road Safety“. On 29th January, on my way to the gym I noticed this just over a mile from home. How? The police would have conducted interviews with those involved and if necessary [...]

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Don’t Bomb Syria!

Today a vote will occur in the House of Commons about whether Britain should bomb Syria. I say. Don’t Bomb Syria. On Saturday I attended a protest in Whitehall and listened to impassioned pleas for the government to for an air strike campaign not to happen. David Cameron has called on his MPs, and others [...]

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Have your say on the BBC

The BBC needs to remain mostly untouched.  I say mostly as there are issues with bureaucracy .  Looking back a few years, I distinctly recall the trauma of learning about bureaucracy in my first semester of first year.  Ahhhh.  Bureaucracy!  Some slimming needs to take place.  Any organisation needs to focus in on its own [...]

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5p charge for plastic bags – Welcome!

I welcome the 5p charge on plastic bags in English supermarkets.  If only it were more than 5p. From today, shops employing over 250 people, a plastic bag will not be given away freely but a charge of 5p will be enforced as The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges Order 2015 comes in.  If only it [...]

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BBC should keep using the Met Office

I am very disappointed at the BBC’s decision to end its contract with the Met Office.  A middle finger to this decision.   The Met office is the most accurate forecaster, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.  It has made some infamous cock-ups, but generally it is brilliant.  In its 93 year relationship, the BBC [...]

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VOTE!

I heard the other day that this is “the most important elections in a generation” but I’m sure I only heard this only five years ago.  Perhaps it is the most important in one election cycle or generation.  Nevertheless, I think all elections are important and it is imperative that you cast your vote today. [...]

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The Theory of Everything and Mobiles

First post of 2015.  Brief, but more will come. Yesterday I went to the cinema to see The Theory of Everything.  It was a great film.  Oh, I do enjoy the cinema.  The experience of sitting in front of an enormous screen with enormous sound next with wonderful company is delightful. But not all of [...]

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HomoGillette?

  Hello, Little late with this observation but I have only just seen the advertisement. Just before the strike of 2.00am, in my room, I sat and watched some YouTube videos and an advertisement that played before one of them made me pause the video and question what it was reinforcing.  What? As a matter [...]