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Big Lift!

December 4, 2013 // Featured, Online/News

I have been powerlifting for about a year. The powerlifting training was originally meant to be a kind of rehab from a surgery I had back in 2010, but it has now become an end in itself. I’m really very pleased with the progress I’ve made since I started. With a total maximum lift of…

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LSE Public Lecture: America and the World After the Election

November 20, 2012 // Featured, Online/News, Out and About

I’m an alumnus of the LSE. I get invited to gatherings there quite frequently, but I’ve managed to miss going for years because I’ve usually been travelling for work or just working too far away to get to an event there on time. I’m now working in central London, just around the corner from the…

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The 21st Century Called…

November 20, 2012 // Online/News, Religion

The Church of England will vote today to decide whether to allow women to serve as bishops. This  decision point comes twenty years after women were allowed to become priests, and a full 84 years since women fully got the vote. Anybody who knows anything about how a church functions will be aware that it…

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Curiosities – Hong Kong: Bamboo Scaffolding

May 4, 2012 // Online/News

When I was studying karate, my instructor remarked that one of the toughest people to go up against is a scaffolder. They’re immensely strong. Imagine having to lift long steel poles all day. I’m sure they’re just as strong in China, however, the preferred material is bamboo, not steel. Whole skyscrapers are covered in the…

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“Militant” Secularism

February 21, 2012 // Featured, Online/News, Religion

In the past two weeks, there have been two significant court rulings: Local government meetings are for conducting the business you’ve been elected to. They are not prayer meetings. (You can pray with your friends beforehand if you like). You can’t turn people away from your hotel because they’re gay.   Both of the above…

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New PC Build

December 15, 2011 // Online/News

It’s that time again. The time to buy the bits, bite the bullet and build a new PC. I’ve been building my own PCs for the last 10 years or so, and wouldn’t buy one off the shelf (laptops excepted, obviously). I like to have control over the specifications of the machine, know exactly what’s…

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This is What Democracy Looks Like

November 15, 2011 // Featured, Online/News

I took this during a recent trip to New York at Zucotti Park. It’s a collection of banners from the Occupy Wall Street movement.   Today, at 2am local time, Police raided and evicted the protesters. Unconfirmed reports say that: The first thing the police did was remove the press “for their own protection” The…

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Austin Hanway RIP – One Year On

June 8, 2011 // Online/News

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year to the day since my Dad died. So much has happened in the year since we lost him – so much that he would have wanted to see, so much that he could have shared with us, so much that we could have laughed together…

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Don’t let them fool you – Vote Yes to AV!

May 4, 2011 // Online/News, YesToAV

This post is part of a series on The Alternative Vote Referendum on May 5th. The polls are not looking good. Tomorrow’s once in a generation opportunity to make a small progressive step is set to be lost in the face of distortions. I was handed a postcard at the station today from the “No” campaign,…

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AV Myth: AV breaks One-Person, One Vote

May 3, 2011 // Online/News, YesToAV

This post is part of a series on The Alternative Vote Referendum on May 5th. Democracy is one person one vote! That’s one of the “No” slogans. The implication is that, under AV, some voters have more than one vote, whilst others do not. This video is from the “No” campaign: (That’s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nz1R8NZrJ0 for facebook pals) It would,…

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