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Why the fuss about Turkey’s relationship with EU and Britain or anywhere else

For the sake of the country, Boris Johnson should resign from politics and go and run a West End Theatre. he has the charisma, he can lie on stage and he will be (eventually) adored for it if successful. Sadly I think the wealth…

“I believe imaginative tolerance to be among the foremost virtues of a civilised mind”

Brilliant from the brilliant Aneurin Bevan, very appropriate for Brexit / EU debates where twitter yelling is often the norm (as opposed to pubs where people used to do this in person)

European Alternatives – when two tribes go to war

I went to an Another Europe event in autumn even though there was the inevitable anti-Russia stuff present. There were some good examples from Turkish presentations and a really interesting Italian former minister who spoke about the US pressure on European countries not to…

Walthamstow Wetlands – East London


On a punt heading past some of the colleges and Russian borscht from last night

Transboundary groundwater and Palestinian extinction

Fadia Daibes-Murad used to be the legal expert for the Palestinian Water Authority. She was also a humanitarian Edberg award winning researcher writing about international water laws. She was killed in a car crash in Palestine which some people believe was a murder. Based…

So why not try eating compost – the healthy medieval diet

If you’re stuck for ideas, why not try compost, it’s vegetarian – am going with non alcoholic version:

Polar Museum in St Petersburg

For Arctic part of course attempting (and failing) to keep up with COP24. Went to new Polar Worlds gallery at Maritime Museum – from 1953, it includes an Arctic Survival guide (like SAS and other ones) and apparently includes “the best faces to pull…

2018 from a tiny island

It’s 2018 and apparently it’s ok to fund lies to smear another country but if it’s smearing our own then it’s a massive problem.

Sustainable and urban living research at Surrey University

Students presented from UG research projects and staff also presented where they received internal funding for a project or to go and present internationally. A big theme are their multidisciplinary research collaborations including across different sustainability themes. I learnt what a vortex generator is…

Suffragettes in the Surrey Hills

Carols – non political

I’ve been ‘teaching’ my piano student carols as many free sheet music arrangements available, they are great way to practice very repetitive rhythms with chords and both hands together. I also used a couple of tiny clementines which I put under her hands during…