I don’t think therefore…

They’re going to close the philosophy department at Middlesex university.  It’s not making enough money, the head honchos figure.  The fact that, like hospitals or schools, universities aren’t in the business of making money doesn’t seem to have struck them.  To their credit,  eminent philosophers from all around the world, including Noam Chomsky, have petitioned […]

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I don’t think therefore…

They’re going to close the philosophy department at Middlesex university.  It’s not making enough money, the head honchos figure.  The fact that, like hospitals or schools, universities aren’t in the business of making money doesn’t seem to have struck them.  To their credit,  eminent philosophers from all around the world, including Noam Chomsky, have petitioned […]

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Reflections on an election

  OK, OK – I’m a lazy sod. Also very knackered after staying up all night AND getting up at 5.45 a.m. to go into BBC Radio Ulster. ( Q: Was my journey really necessary? Don’t ask.)  A few initial thoughts on the election. 1. The Alliance’s capture of East Belfast and Peter Robinson’s loss […]

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Reflections on an election

  OK, OK – I’m a lazy sod. Also very knackered after staying up all night AND getting up at 5.45 a.m. to go into BBC Radio Ulster. ( Q: Was my journey really necessary? Don’t ask.)  A few initial thoughts on the election. 1. The Alliance’s capture of East Belfast and Peter Robinson’s loss […]

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The truth? Do tell…

Interesting article in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper, titled ‘Heads demand fines for false complaints by parents’.  It’s about the annual conference of head teachers in Britain, where they’re fed up with some parents who have what they call a ‘lottery mentality’ – they chance their luck that they’ll be awarded compensation for accusations they’ve dreamed up. […]

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The truth? Do tell…

Interesting article in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper, titled ‘Heads demand fines for false complaints by parents’.  It’s about the annual conference of head teachers in Britain, where they’re fed up with some parents who have what they call a ‘lottery mentality’ – they chance their luck that they’ll be awarded compensation for accusations they’ve dreamed up. […]

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Bums on benches

It’s a wonder some of our politicians and a fair number of public commentators have any hands left, they’ve been wringing them so hard in recent days. The latest occasion for exasperation has been Sinn Fein’s commitment to abstentionism. The politicians down Fermanagh/South Tyrone way insist that it’s important to oust Michelle Gildernew  because she […]

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Bums on benches

It’s a wonder some of our politicians and a fair number of public commentators have any hands left, they’ve been wringing them so hard in recent days. The latest occasion for exasperation has been Sinn Fein’s commitment to abstentionism. The politicians down Fermanagh/South Tyrone way insist that it’s important to oust Michelle Gildernew  because she […]

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Brown study

If I had a kennel, it would be filled with underdogs.  I’m not sure why, but when I see power being wielded,  I find myself tugged to the side of the person on the receiving end. So while I know it’s none of my business who gets elected in Britain, I can’t help but feel […]

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Brown study

If I had a kennel, it would be filled with underdogs.  I’m not sure why, but when I see power being wielded,  I find myself tugged to the side of the person on the receiving end. So while I know it’s none of my business who gets elected in Britain, I can’t help but feel […]

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