On the morning of 12th March 2011, I reported for work on the Seismic exploration crew I was working on in S.E. Asia. At breakfast there was a lot of talk about a massive earthquake that had happened the previous day and was so strong that it had obliterated several seismic records we had made at the time. Considering that we were using explosives drilled into solid rock, that’s not
I learned a new word yesterday, ... Precariat, which Wiki defines as “In sociology and economics, the precariat is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare.” This class has been tagged as “The New Dangerous Class”, in the blog Working Class perspectives, which appeared in October 2014, just as the book entitled A
The death of UKIP (A drama in three episodes, with much material courtesy of our friends at THE SKWAWKBOX ) Once upon a time, many (60) years ago, I was proud to be British. We once had a “Boys Own” reputation for supporting the underdog, playing honestly and fairly at sport, our word was our bond and we would take on all comers when we saw injustices being committed. We
After 65 years of the NHS, a service which has been the envy of the world, it appears that its days are numbered. In the last 5 years, private contracts have doubled to what is now almost €12bn a year in funding. Nice for, Bupa, Rich "Dickie" Branson and Jeremy Khunt (that's a silent K), but healthcare should not be about financial gain.