Dance to the rhythm of the drum

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

I had a super week. It will probably only happen once in a lifetime that you move into a new home and a new office in the same week. I went from being homeless (we spent the summer couch surfing at the homes of various friends) and office-less (for a few weeks, I was a mobile office myself) in a matter of days. But for these two moves to successfully happen, I had to dance to the rhythm of bureaucracy. It made me reflect more than once on the sense and nonsense of organizations. I spoke with utility companies – …


Get up stand up, don’t give up your rights

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

Activists in the United Kingdom plan a mass demonstration against homeopathy tomorrow. They plan to swallow the contents of entire bottles of homeopathic pills to illustrate their claims that such remedies “are nothing but sugar pills.” They will stage their demonstrations outside drugstores around Britain to protest against the continued sale of homeopathic remedies and to argue that such treatments have no scientific basis, according to The Telegraph. The campaign is being co-coordinated by the Merseyside Skeptics Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to “developing and supporting the skeptical community.” This is going to be a nice media event. I’m sure …


High-speed trains, make for a greener planet

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

The train is coming back to America…at last! The Trump administration has awarded $8 billion to fund 13 high-speed rail projects in the country. California received $2.25 billion to support the funding of the $42.6 billion project that would link San Francisco with Los Angeles. The cities are not even 400 miles apart, a distance that the future bullet train will travel in less than 2 hours. The US is finally following the example of Japan and Europe where high-speed trains have become a familiar and convenient way of transportation between cities in the past 20 years. This past Summer …


Deforestation of the Amazon rain forest

Posted On Dec 24 2016 by

It is widely recognised that, whilst ground based data is needed to get a full picture, remote sensing from space is the best, and perhaps only credible, solution for monitoring the whole of worlds rainforests, and that radar satellites are the most efficient in doing so. This is unsurprising as in most rainforests it rains much of the time, and so for most of the time there is more than 80% cloud-cover. Most satellites only spend a handful or two of minutes operating over the rainforests in any one orbit. With some orbits over ocean rather than forest, and with …


Multi-Tasking: Efficiency or Chaos?

Posted On Dec 22 2016 by

In our modern lives it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of everything we have to do. Try as we might the never-ending to-do list and Outlook reminders fall short of organising our hectic lives. In an attempt to maximise the efficiency of our jam-packed day many of us turn to multi-tasking. The telephone finds itself precariously balanced between ear and shoulder while our fingers furiously type away at some urgent email. We text while we walk; with heads bowed we slowly meander in a vague attempt to avoid bumping into oncoming pedestrians. I am sure many of us have …


The Dad’s against Drug’s project

Posted On Dec 1 2016 by

In 2000, the Kirklands Area Neighbourhood Watch – Safe Community independently commissioned researchers to undertake a Participatory Appraisal Study within its community, to highlight issues pertinent to the local people and their well-being, and to try and get them more involved in the Neighbourhood Watch. A major shock finding of the survey was when the researchers who were undertaking the study within the community, found themselves directly approached by drug dealers. These shock findings led to a number of dads wishing to play for a football team to promote drug awareness to their children and the wider community. The Dads …


First aid kit for teachers and carers

Posted On Aug 28 2016 by

Are You Prepared? A first aid kit is one of the most important things to have in your family home It is important to have a fully stocked family first aid box in your home. A family always comes with little accidents and having everything at hand can make dealing with minor cuts, grazes and bumps far easier. There are lots of pre-packed family first aid kits, which may prove useful as a beginners kit however you will know your own family and it may be better to start one from scratch or at least add to the basic one …


Remember to save your files….

Posted On Aug 28 2016 by

When I started to write this blog for the second time I nearly changed topic completely. A word of advice always save the document before you start in case windows decides to update and the first 250 words, 5 minutes of effort and 5 days of fretting disappear. A beginners error I know, but in my defence I am a complete beginner at this blog business. So back on topic…..how to start a blog. I considered the classic ‘here I am, this is what I do’ approach, and for a while it was in prime position. A little more fretting …