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Four wheels good – two wheels better?

While I’m not quite at the stage where I change my mind about Johnson and the Tories, I am slightly heartened to read about the proposed investment in healthy travel and “Ofsted for cycling infrastructure”. If I don’t think about the proposals too much I could almost believe something might really… happen… this… time. I […]

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Who is that masked man?

I was in B&Q a few weeks ago, in Milton Keynes, and I think it was the first time I consciously wore a mask face covering to a shop. In my case, it was one of those Buff tubular bandanas. Mine’s made of recycled plastic bottles. In Covid-time, a few weeks ago feels like another […]

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Catalina: regrets, I’ve had a few

Last week was WWDC, the Apple developer festival at which it’s traditional for the next version of macOS to be announced. This year it was Big Sur, the first version of macOS that will run not just on Intel processors but on “Apple Silicon”, in yet-to-be-announced Macs. Apple have designed their own chips for years, […]

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Brainwashed by TV Cop Shows

“He was a serial killer. You did your job.” Cardinal So it goes. I’ve been wrestling over the past few days with the obvious cognitive dissonance between fictional cops and the real, paramilitary thing stalking the streets of American Cities in armoured vehicles and body armour, beating up protestors and – over and over and […]

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A Mad Scientist Speaks

If I were designing a science fiction virus in a laboratory I’d want it to be a little bit like chickenpox, something that can lie dormant in a host body before re-emerging at some point in the future. Chickenpox can emerge in adulthood as shingles, which can be a lot more unpleasant than the childhood […]

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While you were sleeping, newspaper columnists have transformed society

So. Coronavirus. You may have heard of it. Did you know that it’s an opportunity? No? What has coronavirus done for you? Allow Britain’s newspaper columnists to enlighten. Social distancing will ‘kill’ cities and change the way we all commute, it says here. It will transform transport in Britain’s cities. I wish someone would pass […]

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The Green Eggs and Ham President

When Theodore Geisel wrote the children’s classic (and first book I ever read myself) Green Eggs and Ham, he did so on a bet with publisher Bennet Cerf that he couldn’t write a book with 50 or fewer distinct words. Dr Seuss, as he was known to children, succeeded, and an enduring classic was born. […]

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A Motorist Writes

I for one am glad that things are getting back to normal and we can all get back in our cars and make up for lost time. It’s bad enough that police have been enforcing speed limits during this period, wasting their time when they could be investigating real crimes like the massive accounting fraud […]

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Seven Short Stories About Staying Alert

During this lockdown period, I have enjoyed my bike rides sans helmet and wearing clothing that looks (to the untrained eye at least) like ordinary clothes. I do this (unironically) pour encourager les autres, because I want some of the “new” cyclists out there to see that you don’t have to dress in the Full […]

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The back to school aisle: a sceptic speaks

I’m looking forward to getting back to school – no really – if only to shut off the torrent of opinion columns on the subject. Anyway, here’s mine. First of all, I’ll only really believe it’s happening when I see the Back to School aisle in the supermarket – preferably a French one. Oh to […]