DC on the plane to Cyprus

David Cameron is hopping around Europe in the vain hope of persuading other European countries to support his wish that more of the EU rules should be made voluntary rather than mandatory.  He is expected to get short shrift in Madrid, Paris and Berlin but then maybe he should be heading to Nicosia and Valetta…

There is no evidence that there is no evidence.

I’ve had a bout of man-flu recently, so I have been feeling sorry for myself and listening to lots of Radio 4 (and I’ve discovered more of the pleasures of Radio 4Extra). One of the stories that played through the last week or so was the temporary closure of Leeds General Infirmary for heart surgery. …

  – quite some time ago I mentioned a joint statement by the GWCT and the RSPB on the results of the study of raptors gobbling up red grouse which took place at Langholm.  I’m grateful to GWCT for putting this report on their website where anyone can now refresh their memories of the results…

Cartoon by Ralph Underhill

A couple of weekends ago I was driving down to Surrey.  There was snow in the fields and snow and ice on the branches of the trees.  The wind had been consistently from the east for days.  It was a grey and chill day. As I drove south down the M1 I passed through several…

I hope they sink (IV)

Something for the weekend Vice Chancellor? I’m quite sure that the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, will have been thinking about his boathouse conundrum.  Here are some contributions for his weekend cogitation. It’s not going to go away – you are stick with a contentious issue.  Sometimes it’s tempting to think…