Archive:
January 2008

The history of Scotland’s population

I recently had to write an essay for university about changes in Scotland’s population since 1945. While I was writing that I happened, almost by chance, upon The Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends 2004. What’s so special about 2004? It was the 150th anniversary of civil registration (which began in 1855, in case […]

The rights of the dead (an update)

Well I see that the debate about organ donation has reared its head again. My views have, if anything, hardened since I wrote on this subject last year. Please read that post before going on to read this update. I am a liberal. As such, I sympathise with the view that the state should not […]

Experience vs change

There is a row in the USA at the moment between the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama camps. Sadly, someone somewhere along the line has played the race card. Hillary Clinton’s comments about the Civil Rights Act have been called into question. I doubt Hillary Clinton intended to belittle Martin Luther King’s role. But Hillary […]

An Easter egg on Freeview

This is interesting. We are used to the idea of Easter eggs (hidden extras) in DVDs and the like. But how could there be an Easter egg on television? Unless you are like me, it is probably not very exciting. But if you miss those late nights in the company of Carole Hersee and Bubbles […]

Music of 2007: #20–#11

Getting there slowly but surely. We might be two weeks into 2008, but that won’t stop me from looking back at 2007. By this rate it will be February before we get to the end of this list… 20. The Tuss — Rushup Edge Whoever is responsible for this is at least a genius at […]

The future of music: gigs and t-shirts

Apologies for taking so long to get round to writing this post. That pesky life business getting in the way as usual. In the previous posts in this series I have been waxing lyrical about copyright law and the mistakes the entertainment industry has made in adapting to a world with the internet. Over the […]

More on environmentalists

Since I wrote about the overblown approach some environmentalists have been taking, I may as well post about it again because two stories have caught my eye today. Firstly the nuclear thing. Today’s announcement from the government is probably the best news for the environment for years. Nuclear power is, after all, carbon-free (well, carbon-low […]

You’d think wind had only just been invented

Here is The Scotsman in full scaremongering mode. METEOROLOGISTS last night said Scots will need to learn to live with the extreme weather and the chaos it has brought to the country over the past few days, as the unpredictable effects of climate change begin to bite. A bit of wind? Can anyone seriously look […]

Not only would I die, but…

I was reading the Daily Mail, as you do. (Procrastinating.) Britney Spears has told friends she “would die” for her two sons and would even give up her pop career for them. Even her pop career? I can understand why she would die, but giving up her pop career is just a step too far.

Ferrari’s rabid anti-McLaren comments

Ferrari personnel are well-known for making ludicrous statements about their opposition, particularly when they are talking about anything to do with a certain team that begins with ‘M’ and ends with ‘cLaren’. But I think Luca Baldisserri has come out with a corker today. I do think this comment could come back to bite him […]