Doctors’ Dilemmas

Doctors’ Dilemmas

Recently my wife was waiting for a breast screening at a mobile clinic when she overheard another woman in an adjacent booth giving the year of her birth as 1932. At 85 the woman had already had a good helping of life.At what point, my wife asked herself, should we...

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Noted

Noted

Holidays are over. Back to the grind, school, work, uni, the girl locked in the basement. With summer, lazy days, late rising and endless sunshine, all still fresh in the memory, the misery of the graft is all the more obvious, the contrast more jarring; the post-vacation life is a...

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On/Off

On/Off

Battleship, Earl, Slate, Ash, Dolphin, Overcast, Elephant, Silvery, Smoker’s Lung, it’s easy to forget there used to be innumerable shades of grey. When the Apple Macintosh was launched in 1984 its screen boasted 256 shades of grey. By the time E. L. James’s soft-porn bonkbuster was published, there were only...

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From The Riverbank: Part 7

From The Riverbank: Part 7

Although there are now few UK rivers, certainly less than 15%, for which the flow regime can be considered natural, the rivers and streams have basically followed the same course since the last Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago. The need to drain land, to protect it from flooding, to...

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Everyone’s a critic

Everyone’s a critic

No. Literally. Everyone is a critic. Not just personally judgemental, but you, me, we’re all verified published critics, our words heeded by countless others, our opinions disseminated around the world. “Feedback” used to describe the ear piercing noise made when a microphone got too close to a speaker. Now we’re...

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From the Riverbank. Part 6

From the Riverbank. Part 6

By Don Grant   Everything was perfect for a day’s fishing. It was warm without being too hot; there was some wispy ‘cirrostratus’ to take the edge off the summer sun; the water was, if not gin-clear, certainly ginger beer clear; there were some mayfly coming off the water virtually...

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A Global Britain Vision needs Fixing

A Global Britain Vision needs Fixing

By Derek Wyatt There is real anger across Continental Europe about the UK’s decision to pull out of the EU. This anger is felt by most who were persuaded by us to join especially Ireland. But there is as much anger in France and Germany which will take decades to...

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Re:born

Re:born

The leaves are out, the flowers blossoming, spring has not only sprung, its coils are stretched and it’s bloomin’ bouncing like a budding summer’s day. It’s all glorious and we should be enjoying it and though I’m loath to poop a party, I still feel we shouldn’t forget that it’s...

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Is it time for a global body to manage the internet?

Is it time for a global body to manage the internet?

Facebook has become the anti-social network overnight. But, more than anything else, it has finally made us all sit up and ask who owns our data? It is much worse than you think. We have all conspired to make it so by signing up for Apps and ticking those hundreds...

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Democrafatigue

Democrafatigue

  It’s raining. I’m upstairs on the no. 49 to Clapham Junction in a humid breath fug. Two gents are sitting in front of me, “May 3rd. More bloody elections. Might as well move in to the voting booth I’m in there so often.” “Yeah.” “It’s bigger than most flats...

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