Archive for July, 2012

Why are the Olympics like a Nature Reserve?

Answer: they both make me simultaneously feel joyful and depressed about humanity, and more determined to change the world for the better. Read more…

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Brown Butterflies and July flora.

At last, a few days of sun and the butterflies have really started making an appearance.

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Jesus the Pillar, and the problem of Christian Values in schools.

A week or so ago, the headmaster of my daughters’ school declared in front of the parents of new pupils at their open day, something to the effect of “Jesus is the Pillar around which this school is built”. Read more…

Garden insects

Today the temperature reached the giddy heights of 20 degrees. This actually brought out a few insects.

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Why creationists shouldn’t be allowed to run schools, and why restricting Creationism to RE is still unacceptable.

In recent days the government has announced that it has approved three creationist-run free schools. One of these intends to teach creationism in science classes as scientific theory, and two want to teach it in RE. Here I am going to outline very briefly, why this shouldn’t be supported by the government.

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London adventures

We took the kids to London for the first time last weekend, and had a hectic time.

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More orchids

A few more spotted and pyramidal orchids have come out on the cycle path in the last week. Here they are: Read more…