The Voyager Series
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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"I read the news today, oh boy."
A sincere and unequivocal attempt to make nonsense of a range of topical issues of the day...
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:
Scientists are racing to find dark matter in the universe. You may find some of it here in the form of conspiracy theories, dark secrets, sinister and bizarre tales...
Raising a racket at Upper Gummtrey Tennis Club...
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This intergalactically recognised award was presented to The Speed Of Dark Blog by The Speed Of Dark Awards Commission.
I am delighted to have been nominated for the 2012 Tony Blair Ducking Under The Bar Award for boldly raising the bar and diving under it. I knew I had the potential to be a great underachiever. I've racked up another prestigious award - the Eric Morecambe 'Mister Preview' Prize. According to the award citation, The Speed Of Dark Blog contains material that ranks with the finest literary works in history. All the right letters are there, but not necessarily in the right order.
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Category Archives: Opinion
Operation INFEKTION (and the advent of fake news)
Disseminated by social media and platforms such as Google (as well as more traditional media outlets), disinformation (or black propaganda or ‘fake news’) has become a significant feature in the complex landscape of modern international politics in recent years. With … Continue reading
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Opinion, Science Tagged AIDS, Fake News, HIV, Jakob Segal, KGB, Operation INFEKTION
With the UK on course to borrow around £400bn in 2020 and with the cost of financing our burgeoning national debt threatening to make tax rises more likely, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, proposed a controversial cut in overseas aid. Actually, … Continue reading
Posted in Opinion Tagged national debt, NHS, overseas aid, PPE, Rishi Sunak
Leadership and the Tipping Point
Presented with the example of high-profile leaders (such as Donald Trump for example), how do we define good leadership qualities? What we see with Trump is conviction, perseverance and decisiveness. And, on the face of it, these are all admirable … Continue reading
Posted in Opinion Tagged Donald Trump, leadership
How much credibility can a government retain when it makes so many U-turns, careering from one crisis to another, lurching from one populist headline to the next, equipped with nothing but the flimsiest of straplines and slogans for brakes?
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Humour, Opinion Tagged Boris Johnson, government U-turns
Pandemic? Don’t panic! (Lies, damned lies and statistics)
With a second wave of fearmongering now being orchestrated by the mainstream media, a bizarre fraud of staggering proportions is starting to come to light. A prominent feature of the daily Downing Street press conferences during the lockdown was the … Continue reading
Posted in Opinion, Science Tagged coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, PHE, Public Health England
“The important thing is to have a target.”
Deadlines make headlines. Whether the Health Secretary’s target gets met or not, all the attention on the target will serve as a smokescreen, distracting the public from the truth that far too few tests were carried out during the first … Continue reading
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Humour, Opinion, Personal, Science or Pasta Tagged COVID-19, pandemic, testing kits, virus tests
Forsaking the Poppy
It may seem natural to feel an allegiance with those who happen to occupy the same bit of the earth’s crust as you do, but that allegiance is purely arbitrary and, of course, divisive. This is obviously controversial, but, as … Continue reading
Posted in Dark Mutterings, Opinion, Personal, Quotes Tagged poppy
This enhanced colour image of Pluto and its moon, Charon, was taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. Pluto was discovered and classified as a planet in 1930, when astronomer Clyde Tombaugh of the Lowell Observatory examined photographic … Continue reading
Posted in Matter, Opinion, Science Tagged ammonia, Charon, Clyde Tombaugh, dwarf planet, Eris, Lowell Observatory, New Horizons, Pluto, Venetia Burney
Democracy on Trial
No violence, no terrorism, no armed insurrection. And yet, 12 peaceful advocates of the ballot box, nine of whom have already spent several months in prison, are now being prosecuted by the Spanish Supreme Court and may face prison sentences … Continue reading
Posted in Opinion Tagged Catalan independence