— New e-cigarette law discourages smokers to quit and harms the environment — In less than a month’s time, a law will come into effect which reduces public health and further damages the environment. It was passed by people who say they believe in promoting better public health and in protecting the environment. Yet … Continue reading
— Making tea great again: engaging with beverage intersectionality in a transnational context for an egalitarian future — Abstract: British tea is the dregs. Drink better stuff. Sorted. It seems impossible in Britain to mention good quality tea without coming across as, well, a bit pretentious. If asked, people may readily admit that yes, … Continue reading
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— Novak Djokovic, not Federer, is not only the greatest ever male tennis player, he is also challenging our very idea of what is possible — [Warning/disclaimer: The following contains tennis statistics and sustained enthusiasm about sporting activities. While every attempt has been made not to include irrelevant facts and figures, by reading this blog post, … Continue reading
— Outrage as robin is declared the UK’s national bird — It’s perhaps surprising that the United Kingdom didn’t have a national bird, official or otherwise, until last week. Many other countries have long had one: India has the glorious peacock; Kenya, the delectable lilac-breasted roller; and an emu appears on Australia’s Commonwealth Coat of Arms – although, … Continue reading
One day, when I was 13, I burst out of my bedroom like a boy possessed and made for my sister’s room like a whippet. A terrible, cataclysmic thing had happened: I’d just discovered, to my horror, that my copy of the book Alien, an object I cherished beyond words, was not where I had … Continue reading
Yesterday – it was a still, late summer’s afternoon and I had been wandering in the woods – I went into a graveyard in a secluded hamlet, beside a river, between the trees. Among the few, old graves was one of a very young girl, a baby, who died in 1971. She would have been … Continue reading
— On birds, birders and blackbirds — One evening last week I was looking out of the window and was suddenly staggered to find that birds can fly. There they were, just beyond the garden: the crows sweeping low over the contours of the rolling fields with langorous wing beats, alighting with ease amongst the … Continue reading
— The strange world of Alfred Wainwright — A few days ago I watched a BBC documentary called Wainwright: The Man Who Loved the Lakes. For some reason – perhaps it was my mood that day – it seemed a much better programme than when I first saw it a few years ago. It moved … Continue reading
— Electronic cigarettes, dogma and political irrationality — It is now exactly one year since I had a cigarette, yet I’m still addicted to nicotine and use it daily. Last year, in the midst of a bout of flu I switched to what are known as electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. Most of them look nothing … Continue reading
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