24
NOV
2014

Save our climate?—unlikely

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A correspondent to the local rag asked us to contact Ed Davey and David Cameron to tell them to pull their fingers out on climate change (my words!). However, this would be a futile gesture as it misunderstands the intentions and motives of senior politicians in all countries....
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17
NOV
2014

«Nature» versus «nurture» : time to bury this non-argument

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One still comes across, with depressing frequency, articles which ask whether nature or nurture is responsible for a human trait. The writer posits some debate or argument which he or she imagines is engaged in by academics around the world. However, the “nature versus nurture...
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08
NOV
2014

Poppies

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Right now, the BBC, and other media, are exercised by the great problem of whether a memorial to the British military dead of world war 1 should be dismantled on 12 November or should be allowed to stay for a few weeks, such is the great desire of the British public to visit it....
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17
OCT
2014

«No problem» is a problem

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I am engaged in a protracted discussion with Carphone Warehouse (CPW) and its suppliers, Vodafone and Samsung.  Frequently, when I am about to conclude yet another protracted call to one of their call centres, the person at the other end says, “No problem”. Well, it is ...
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24
SEP
2014

Referendum: Clearing up the mess—3: the «West Lothian question»

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The “West Lothian question” has been presented as being in some way difficult to understand. Putting aside those people who make it difficult by stating it incorrectly, it‘s actually quite simple. 1   In the olden days, legislation passed by the UK parliament at Westminster...
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23
SEP
2014

Referendum: Clearing up the mess—2: the «Barnett formula»

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Back in 1978, the then chief secretary to the UK Treasury, Joel (now Lord) Barnett, was having a hard time. It was an era of appalling management of the economy by the Labour government (the “winter of discontent” had amused the nation over 1978-79);  the government...
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22
SEP
2014

Referendum: clearing up the mess—1: The numbers

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Firstly, let’s get the numbers right. 1  84.7% of Scots voted, and 44.7% of them voted for separation from the rest of the UK. That means 37.9% of Scots voted to leave.  [source:  The guardian] Whilst, clearly, there will have been some Scots who were prevented at the last...
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20
SEP
2014

Why is it difficult to practise EI?

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Recently, on LinkedIn, this question was raised: I am a 25 year old young professional, and I am experiencing pain and hardship trying to put my emotional intelligence learning into practice. Probably because I know EQ can be measured and I have set targets for myself...
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09
SEP
2014

Scottish referendum: what a shambles

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Related material: > blog:  How should Scotland vote? There a further issues with this referendum. Firstly, if, in a relationship, one person walks out, the other person does have a right to express an opinion.  If the Scots are going to break up the relationship between them...
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05
SEP
2014

Games people play on LinkedIn—2: «Bring it on!»

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This game has two sides, White—who has to play alone and who will turn on anyone who tries to help him—and Black, who can be played by any number of people. As far as White is concerned, the more the better. Bring it on! All must be members of a LinkedIn discussion forum. No...
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