Category Archives: Current Affairs

Parliament Passes Gay Marriage Bill

I was heartened on Tuesday to see that Parliament passed the Gay Marriage bill – and by a large majority. 400 MPs voted in favour of the Bill and 175 voted against. Happily, both my own MP (a Lib Dem) … Continue reading

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US Election: Oh thank Christ

That was my reaction when I woke up yesterday morning to the news that Barack Obama had retained his hold on the White House. It’s fascinating to me how my own country (UK) and America differ despite our historic similarities. … Continue reading

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Jumping From The Edge Of Space

I’m a few days late writing about this, but as you will almost certainly have heard, history was made on Sunday when Austrian Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon 24 miles above the earth. This was the highest skydive in … Continue reading

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The Summer We Got our Mojo Back?

We Brits have had a bit of a chip on our collective shoulder for years now. We were an enormous colonial power, the most powerful country in the world, and now much of our power and influence is gone – … Continue reading

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Welcome To The Greatest Show On Earth

Welcome to the UK. Welcome to London. Welcome to the greatest show on earth. On Friday night, I and more than 29 million other people in the UK (and more than a billion around the world) sat down to watch … Continue reading

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Chris Brown At The Grammys – Is It OK?

R&B singer Chris Brown performed at the Grammys last Sunday and was lucky enough to win an award. Not so unusual, you might think, except that this is the same Chris Brown who is serving 5 years probation for assaulting … Continue reading

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The Republican Nomination Race Gets Even Sillier

In America, the race for the Republican Party nomination has hit a new low. This is the latest attack ad, funded by Newt Gingrich’s campaign (or possibly one of these mysterious organisations now allowed under US law which are not … Continue reading

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2011: The Year When A Hell Of A Lot Happened

This year has been incredibly eventful. Think about it. We’ve had the Arab Spring, the Osama Bin Laden raid, the deaths of Colonel Ghaddafi, Kim Jong-Il and Amy Winehouse, the Royal wedding, the other Royal wedding, Occupy protests springing up … Continue reading

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Neutrinos Faster Than Light?

You may remember a few months ago the scientific community was astonished by news from Italy that an experiment had found neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light, which, if true, would turn physics as we understand it on … Continue reading

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Girls Now Equal In Royal Succession

Finally! Yesterday, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, it was announced that the decision was been taken that from now on, girls will be equal to boys in the succession. Previously, boys would succeed before their older … Continue reading

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