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Doublethink Drinking Game

Not really but, really, you could. Was listening to George Monbiot on Radio 4’s Inside Science earlier, and for once he was optimistic (or at least pretending to be) about the prospects for real action on the climate because the pandemic had shown how willing people were to change their behaviour. For years we’ve been […]

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Plant a tree in ’73

In 1973, when Dutch Elm Disease was rife, when trees were dying in their millions, the government came up with the idea of a National Tree Planting Year. The Forestry Commission donated thousands of trees to schools and I signed up for a Scots Pine. I was ten years old, in my eleventh year. My […]

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Long hot summer, short hot take

1976 was the summer I spent mostly barefoot, staying up the park from early in the morning till the gates were locked after dark. That was the year I started at what was then called the Upper School, in the “third year”—what is now called Year 9. The great joy that year was, on my […]

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The Big Paranoid Picture

I’ve a simple philosophy when it comes to understanding what’s going on in the world. For example, if a survey shows that staff morale in the NHS is at an all-time low, I tend to think that’s how the government and managers want it to be. Apart from the fact that there’s a certain breed […]