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The official home of the Voyager Series. Find out what happens when Voyager 1 gets picked up by two itinerant spacecombers from Morys Minor...
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Here is a catalogue of my prose writings, including children's fiction, short stories, non-sequiturs and odd scraps of surrealism with or without a straightforward narrative. Don't believe me? Well, to prove it, here's a picture of a man being fired from a cannon:
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Category Archives: Collision
Moral dilemma #16
The deaths of British jihadis, Ruhul Amin and Reyaad Khan, in an RAF drone strike in Syria has raised some interesting and important questions. Under Article 51 of the UN charter, every country has the right of self-defence and, according … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged David Cameron, drone strike, ISIL, Reyaad Khan, Ruhul Amin
Moral dilemma #15
Today, MPs will vote on whether to allow a technique known as mitochondrial transfer. Critics have unhelpfully taken to calling it the ‘three-parent baby’ technique, since defective mitochondrial DNA from a mother’s egg is replaced with healthy mitochondria from a … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged mitochondria, mitochondrial donation
Moral dilemma #14
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is considering issuing new guidance recommending that UK police forces do not reveal the names of arrested individuals to the media. The issue was briefly raised as a topic in the Leveson report: … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged ACPO, Association of Chief Police Officers, Leveson, moral dilemma
Moral dilemma #13
According to Treasury Minister David Gauke, paying tradesmen cash in hand to avoid tax is “morally wrong”. Here’s a typical scenario: you call out a plumber to fix a leaking tap and you settle up with cash and get a … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged cash in hand, David Gauke, moral dilemma, tax evasion
Moral dilemma #12
A group of people are exploring a cave a little way up a cliff on the coast. The tide turns and the cave starts to fill with water. The mouth of the cave is very narrow and the first person … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged cave, dynamite, Fat woman, moral dilemma
Moral dilemma #11
John has been given the responsibility of hiring people in the company he works for. His friend Alan applies for one of the jobs and is suitably qualified. John would like to give the job to Alan but is aware … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged friendship, impartiality, moral dilemma
Moral dilemma #10
A woman was told she had an aggressive cancer. Only one drug, a special form of radium, could possibly have saved her. It was not available on the National Health Service and was far too expensive for the woman’s family … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged cancer, moral dilemma, theft
Moral dilemma #9
Two men, Ahab and Bluebeard, are shipwrecked at sea. They’ve been swimming for some time and their strength is about to give out when they spot a wooden plank floating on the waves. It’s just large enough to support one of … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged Carneades, moral dilemma, plank of Carneades
Moral dilemma #8
In his celebrated essay ‘On Liberty’, John Stuart Mill asserts that “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” The issue of … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged civic responsibility, free speech, John Stuart Mill, moral dilemma, On Liberty, white supremacists
Moral dilemma #7
This is based on an actual incident that took place at work a couple of days ago. Abdul (not his real name) has resigned and decides to have his leaving do at a local Indian restaurant. As Abdul has been … Continue reading
Posted in Moral Dilemma Tagged alcohol, Islam, Libya, moral dilemma, religious beliefs