Author Archives: Patrick_Beautement

An apology to my readers and followers

You have been subjected to ‘clickbait’ advertisements on my Blog. That should not have happed. They have now been blocked so you should no longer see them. Sorry …

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DOG ASBOs – Anti-social Barking Orders – why not enforced?

<rant> Woken at 7am this morning by dogs howling, others barking and later yapping and yipping. It went on all day … off and on … and every day of every week. Why do dog owners think it’s OK to … Continue reading

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UK Tory Party Leadership Election fiasco

So there’s to be an election of a new leader to replace the “serial liar, fabricator and cheat” that is Boris Johnson … he’s always been untrustworthy … [Update 29 Aug] Also a back-stabber. He’s now deliberately undermining Truss. She … Continue reading

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On Mulling – an April 1st Lexicon

In response to a comment from a mathemagician (see Note 1) I know, I offer this short lexicon on ‘mulling‘ (q.v. – see Note 2): miller: one who engages in mulling (q.v – see also muller NB: there will be … Continue reading

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Chernobyl – Will Putin release nuclear material?

If he is going to do so then the next week or two gives him a perfect opportunity. [Updated 21 April 2022] A new weather system is devloping such that a release of atomic material from Chernobyl would be blown … Continue reading

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Support Ukraine – Support Democracy …

… while you still can … Everybody has their take on what the Dictator of the Russian Federation wants. Everybody wonders what winning looks like. Many people have assessed how far he might go and when he might stop in … Continue reading

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When technology alienates people

A friend sent me an email this week expressing his rage at the way we are treated by big tech – that reasonable people are being made into ‘cyberoutlaws’. He said: “… everyday someone’s b**tard web site changes or there … Continue reading

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) A unique response – Why?

[Updated March 2022, see square brackets] Coronavirus analysis: The world response makes no sense – it’s unique in the last 150 years of human history. Why would countries cripple their economies and shut down their populations? [Setting up conditions of … Continue reading

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Populism ‘Fake News’, ‘Alternative Facts’ and Democracy

Are fake news and alternative facts undermining humanity’s ability to take decisive, often unpopular, action on difficult challenges Continue reading

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Why are ‘unintended consequences’ almost inevitable?

We so often hear politicians, managers and those in positions of authority wailing about the ‘unintended consequences’ of their actions – or worse, excusing damaging outcomes with a shrug of the shoulders and saying “But they were unintended consequences …” … Continue reading

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