This blog is an attempt to shine a torch into the dark corners. Defying the second law of thermodynamics, it started out with maximum disorder and therefore cannot succumb to entropy. It's equal parts dead serious and dead silly. Sometimes, when the hosting server goes down, it's just plain dead. If you decide to join me in my parallel universe, prepare to travel at the speed of dark...
the oceans are becoming a ‘toxic soup’ of industrial waste and plastic
Telegraph, 5th December 2017
In the final episode of the BBC’s groundbreaking wildlife documentary Blue Planet II, which airs this Sunday, the true scale of man’s impact on the planet is laid bare. Sir David Attenborough said: “While filming Blue Planet II the crews found plastic in every ocean, even in the most remote locations. Once in the ocean, plastic breaks down into tiny fragments, micro plastics. Along with all industrial chemicals which have drained into the ocean these form a potentially toxic soup. Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean. Surely we have a responsibility to care for our planet. The future of humanity and indeed all life on earth, now depends on us.”
1 Dec 2017
UK could pay £50bn Brexit divorce bill
The Guardian, 29th November 2017
The UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill in a move that could result in the UK paying £50bn to Brussels, in an attempt to get France and Germany to agree to move negotiations to trade.
17 Nov 2017
The Times, 8th November 2017
Boris Johnson has conceded he “could have been clearer” in remarks he made about a British woman jailed in Iran that threaten to extend her imprisonment. The foreign secretary today clarified his comments, but stopped short of admitting he had made a mistake or issuing an unequivocal apology. He said he was sorry if his remarks had been “taken out of context and misconstrued”. He has faced calls to quit after he told the foreign affairs committee last week that British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, had been training journalists in Iran at the time of her arrest last year. This has been denied by her employer and her family. The comments led to her being brought back to court at the weekend on charges of “propaganda against the regime”.
17 Oct 2017
Storm Ophelia brings dust and debris from the Sahara to the UK
The Guardian, 17th October 2017
The strange reddish sky reported over parts of the UK may appear to some a sign of impending apocalypse or a celestial Instagram filter, but experts say there is a scientific explanation. The hue is a remnant of Storm Ophelia dragging in tropical air, dust and debris from the Sahara according to the BBC weather presenter Simon King.
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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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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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