Posted in July 2014

A Pilgrimage

A Pilgrimage

I don’t do religion, but am in awe of the many who change the world for the better, and that often includes believers. One of my all-time heroes is John Wesley, founder with his brother Charles, of Methodism, widely considered to have prevented a French style revolution in these isles. John was the greatest traveller … Continue reading

Key To Happiness

Two recent surveys have come up with some interesting pointers. People with Danish genes are the happiest. It seems the closer peoples genes are to the Danes, the happier they are, so they are followed by other North Europeans Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland & Sweden. All of whom seem to have good economies. No link … Continue reading

Real Food Fights Back

In the endless march of supermarket domination of our food supplies, here’s a rare ray of light. The UK’s Food Standards Agency has decided consumers in England, Wales & Northern Ireland should be given “wider access” to raw drinking milk following a public consultation which showed widespread support for relaxing the present rules. At present … Continue reading

Halloway Holloway

Here’ s a lovely leafy lane, one of the many which you can sometimes stumble upon. In summer they are a welcome respite from the sun, but in winter turn into a bog or stream between high banks. These were mostly paths for clerics and pilgrims centuries ago, as they were the majority of travellers … Continue reading

Bristol Gate

I used to know one of the guys who invented this. A great compromise for farmers & walkers. No more scrambling over broken stiles, esp for large groups

The Real Power of Pop

I have written a few times on the importance of British punk, especially the Sex Pistols. Their last show at the Manchester Free Trade Hall is supposed to be the most important gig ever – with members of many future bands claiming to be present, several times as many as attended. But there was a … Continue reading

The Secret Life of Your Clothes

This was a feature on the BBC not about your shirts and dresses misbehaving when you’re out, but by Nigerian born journalist Ade Adepitan, about the huge industry which recycles clothes from Britain and America to some of the poorest people in Africa. It is an industry worth some £60 billion per year, with charity … Continue reading

GM Soldiers

Genetic Modification is, depending on where you stand, either the beginning of the end of humanity, with frankenfoods poisoning our environment, or the only way to save our race from starvation. The latest step seems to be to turn the focus on our soldiers at risk from germ warfare on battlefields. This is from Steve … Continue reading

Influenza and Beyond

Wars do a lot of things that are bad, but one of the many bad things they do well is spread disease, often new ones. This pandemic of 1918-19 killed between 20 and 40 million people worldwide, far more than the 18 million killed in the war itself. More died in a single year than … Continue reading

Only Australia Was Spared

My favourite grave in Bristol is that of the Humpage family, the father an inventor, the grave shows a column with piping and bolts that can be unscrewed. A man I used to know grew up there and he used to play on this grave, pretending it was a ship and when his mother called … Continue reading