Monthly Archives: February 2010

Science, religion and how things came to be

I think I’ve said before that I was raised by scientists. When possible, I try to explain things scientifically to my children. Obviously there’s a limit to their understanding at this point, but when they were scared of thunder and lightning recently, I told my daughter it wasn’t monsters (as she feared) but electricity in […]

In which SL gets her art deco fix

I have just arrived in Oxford (via a somewhat circuitous route) from New York. Everything was very late, I was astoundingly lucky to catch a cab (NY end) and astoundingly lucky to catch the last bus back to Oxford (after catching the last Heathrow Express). I came within a whisker of spending the night among […]

Rotten Foundation

An independent inquiry found today that there were “shocking” systematic failures of hospital care in Mid Staffordshire that left patients routinely neglected, humiliated and in pain as the trust focused on cutting costs and hitting government targets. Today’s report from the inquiry led by Robert Francis QC, which was commissioned by the health secretary, Andy […]

The Statue of Liberty is very green

It is likely impossible to say anything new about New York so I am not going to try. This post is a placeholder and an apology for not being around the blog very much, something likely to continue for the rest of this week while I see the sights. Briefly, I attended a conference in […]

Sunday Funnie and Open Discussion Thread

Iran’s supreme leader has denied it is developing nuclear weapons, after a new report from the UN atomic watchdog, the IAEA, sparked an international outcry. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said any fears were “baseless” as Iranians’ beliefs “bar us from using such weapons”. The blunt report raised concerns Iran was working on nuclear weapons. Russia said […]

Sharing is not always a good thing

[Warning, if you are eating, do not continue reading this post.] I just had occasion to shiver all over with horror. You know, when something is so awful that you feel like your skin is crawling off your back? What could be so awful…? The cause of my horror was the article where Tony Abbott […]

The Bart Simpson School of International Relations

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is no proof the Mossad spy agency carried out the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai. But he did not fully deny that Israel carried out the killing, citing its “policy of ambiguity” on such matters. Dubai believes 11 “agents with European passports” killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. […]

Hanson goes?

I was unaware until this morning that I had been quoted at length over at LP on the Pauline Hanson issue: not about her leaving the country, but about Tony Abbott’s shenanigans when he set up ‘Australians for Honest Politics’, which to my mind is a black mark equivalent to his behaviour over RU 486. I […]

Chained to the kitchen sink…

Via Larvatus Prodeo, I became aware of KRudd’s latest gem – a PhD is an “excuse for not having kids”. (What is it with the political leaders in our country at the moment?) Nina Funnell, a thirty something researcher, attended a function where Kevin Rudd spoke on an ageing population. Her story follows: I was […]

Amnesty’s slow burn

This story has been something of a slow burn over here, but it’s starting to gain a bit of momentum now, to the stage where the implications are actually pretty awful: A SENIOR official at Amnesty International has accused the charity of putting the human rights of Al-Qaeda terror suspects above those of their victims. […]