“Judge John Deed” is one of the best shows on TV at the moment. Not that that is saying very much since television programmes are pretty abysmal. I should know because I was a TV critic for our main newspaper; so I was exposed to quite a lot of rubbish. Since I was in the enviable position of choosing what I wanted to review, however, I usually chose British programmes. But even British programmes have declined in quality nowadays. Continue reading
What’s with the world that obsesses about a tiny country a third the size of Tasmania? So Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, is having a small tumour removed from his prostate. No chemo, no radiation. Just minor surgery. Earth shattering news, apparently and I think I know why Continue reading
When Nicolas Sarkozy came on the political scene a few years ago and began to speak out on subjects that had been tabooed by other French politicians, I cheered for him. He told it like it is. Continue reading
Floating in a pond in Sydney was a suitcase which attracted the attention of several young boys. It had been there for a few days, when the curious boys decided to fish it out of the water. Continue reading
There’s a very good chance that had Lanny Perry Barnes of Atlanta, Georgia, been a fine upstanding citizen he would have been dead by now. Continue reading
Just like Mme Defarge who knitted while heads were being chopped off during the French Revolution, we follow her example and chop the heads off tall poppies. Continue reading
The Nobel Peace Prize makes no favourable impression on me. When one looks back on the list of former recipients, such as Yasser Arafat, Kofi Annan, Mohamad El Baradei and Jimmy Carter in recent times, the award can’t be taken seriously. Continue reading
Now that we have solved all of the world’s problems, namely, Famine, War, Terrorism, Disease, Genocide, and, of course, the big C, Climate Change, it’s time we turned our thoughts to our kissing cousins, the great apes.
There is a movement which started with the Great Ape Project or Gap for short, where else but in Seattle, a city that’s soaked in caffeine and rain, which wants to give human rights to all of the primates. All sorts of primates would be included in this bill of rights, from lemurs, to gibbons, to orangutans, chimps and gorillas. If I have omitted any other primates, please excuse me. The reason for this movement is a biological one because apes and man share all but 2% of DNA.
I think this is a marvellous idea though it is hardly a novelty since I’ve been a pioneer of the Gap movement without even realising it. Continue reading
I had never heard of Douglas Kennedy the author, but that’s not so surprising when I have already confessed to being a literary snob. I like books that make me laugh or make me think or both at once, if possible. Kennedy’s “Temptation” offers neither humour nor thought, but the Book Club chose it for this month’s selection and since I am nothing if not compliant I read it. The best thing about it is that it makes no demands on the reader. “Temptation” is very, very, very, easy to read. That probably accounts for its popularity. Continue reading
The latest research in the field of education is quite illuminating. Apparently, if we limit our lessons to eight minutes then pupils will benefit. After eight minutes, however, the level of learning declines, so teachers should keep it brief. My contention is that this is nothing new. Continue reading