Living in the past?

Living in the past?

The tragic death of Charlie Watts on August 24th came when he was a respectable 80, nothing like the out of the blue shockwaves that marked the passing of some of his musical peers in the 27 club. Whilst 80 might be argued to be a respectable age (particularly for...

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Innovation Angst and the Pleasures of Sustainability

Innovation Angst and the Pleasures of Sustainability

In the 1970s I visited a Victorian castle in South Wales where I saw clear evidence of planned obsolescence. I was staying as a guest of the people who lived there, whose ancestors had built the place, and in the late 19th century had installed electricity. Large parts of the...

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Building back better

Building back better

As the country slowly moves out of the COVID crisis, the Government faces unique challenges. Now more than ever ‘building back better’ must become more than just a slogan.             As we tentatively look towards a post-COVID Britain, there is an acute sense that it cannot be business as usual. The...

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Commercial Spaceflight: Dream or Reality?

Commercial Spaceflight: Dream or Reality?

“Commercial flights to the Moon are going to happen. They might not happen next year, they might not happen in five years – but they will happen.” This prophecy comes from James A Arey, a Pan American World Airways Spokesperson, and highlights how the reality of the future of space...

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Freedom Day

Freedom Day

The recent ‘freedom day’ (The Governments lifting of COVID-19 restrictions domestically) if for many the first piece of happy news they have received in 18 months, and for many others it inspires fear into the future of COVID-19 in the UK. The name itself explains the philosophy behind the decision,...

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Will the Twenties Roar Again?

Will the Twenties Roar Again?

It was fast cars, parties and dancing ‘til dawn, there were bright young things, flappers and jazz. The 1920s have an allure of life lived at full speed; of glamour, giddy joy and sexual liberation. It was a time to celebrate being alive, because if you were still breathing in...

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Blind Faith and Bigotry

Blind Faith and Bigotry

The new Leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, 56 year-old Edwin Poots, in being elected to the post, has overcome what for others might have been an insurmountable obstruction in his campaign. He was saved, though, by a bizarre but generally held view that a personal belief, however irrational,...

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The Decline of Truth

The Decline of Truth

It can be deeply inspiring to watch another man deliberately place his own head on the block over a matter of principle, especially when that principle is of vital importance to our national identity.             Two years ago, Peter Oborne, a conservative journalist who had consistently advocated support for Brexit...

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Freedom!

Freedom!

“Release Anxiety” sounds like a bullet point in a self-help book on mental health. Yes go on, just release it, let it go, easy as that; and, whilst you’re at it, why not lick your elbow, teach trick cycling to a fish, believe Boris has your best interests at heart,...

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