Patrick Stewart on Assisted Dying

This is likely to be one of those contentious posts as the idea that people should be allowed to end their lives early with assistance tends to polarise opinions. But, not being one to shun those difficult ethical debates, here goes…

Legal sense vs common sense

One of the biggest problems with the intricasies of the  human rights act and its implementation into our laws as introduced to give Tony Blairs Mrs a nice little earner is that it only looks at individual rights, that is…

Kate Fox on Alcohol

Thanks to Mjolinir in the comments to this piece, I am drawn to another BBC article about boozing. I really don’t see why anthropologists feel they have to travel to unpronounceable corners of the world in order to study strange…

Black Death, biological research and weapons

Chuckles sent an innocuous looking story, with the rejoinder: “What could possibly go wrong?” The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time. The researchers extracted DNA fragments of…

QE explained–A riddle of beer bottle caps!

Assume, for the sake of this argument, that your government allows all productively employed adults one bottle of beer per week. The beer caps from such production and consumption are to be saved and after a period, say five years,…

Fancy a coffee?

Well now here’s an interesting thing. Some time ago, the ban-brigade tried it on with Buckfast because they had caffeine and alcohol in the same bottle. Buckfast, in true Glaswegian style, told them to procreate and leave in that order.…

Do You Fear Choice?

John Middleton (or as Tim describes him, this ‘scumbag idiot Marxist’ ) on the awful consequences of choice: A crowded train is delayed for hours; when it finally arrives the public address announces: “Thank you for choosing Virgin trains.” An…