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Eurovision Song Contest – why?

And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite I saw Satan laughing with delight The day the music died From Don McLean’s song ‘American Pie’ – commemorating Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) who died in a plane crash.  Don obviously didn’t…

Units of Measurement

There’s a story on the BBC website today (7 Mar 14) exploring some of the causes of the severe flooding experienced across England and Wales this winter.  In the midst of the story is a classic example of the media’s obsession for converting measurements into ridiculous equivalents, presumably in line…

HoP TEDx Talks on YouTube

The previous post gave some background to the TEDx Event at the Houses of Parliament (actually, the QE2 Conference Centre across the road). The full set of talks under the theme of Democracy and Representation are now available on YouTube; see below: Individual talks can be selected here. The embedded…