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June 3, 2017Posted by on
This week on Facebook: My attention was caught by an article linking cannabis and ageing¹. I never paid a great deal of attention to the issue of forbidden drugs and legislation but age has not only enfeebled my body but also my brain. Still, it was curiosity that drew me to read the article rather than any desire to smoke pot. Read more of this post
April 2, 2017Posted by on
A review of the UK’s Brexit options with the help of seven international databases
Michael Burrage, March 2017
The image of the EU’s Single Market as an economically successful project, membership of which is vital to the interests of the UK, has rested on the hopes and repeated assurances of politicians rather than any credible evidence.
No UK government has ever sought to monitor its impact until the rushed analysis, now widely held to be unreliable and untrustworthy, produced by the Treasury just before the referendum. There is, therefore, no authoritative evidence against which to assess the economic consequences of the Government’s decision to leave the Single Market and, potentially, trade with the EU under World Trade Organization rules.
In this new study, Michael Burrage uses seven international databases to assess the benefits of the Single Market for the UK, comparing its performance with that of other EU members, and with non-members who have traded with the EU. The data shows that the Single Market has not delivered the export growth it was expected to.
Michael Burrage also shows how other supposed benefits of the Single Market are largely imaginary. There is no evidence that Single Market membership has had a positive impact on UK GDP or productivity growth. The idea that the Single Market has been good for jobs is belied by the astonishing employment record of its members compared with other developed economies.
The benefits of Single Market membership have been illusory, while its costs are real, onerous, and unacceptable to a majority of the British people. Theresa May’s decision to withdraw the UK from the Single Market has been criticised by some for jeopardising the economy. But, as she and her ministers embark on negotiations over the UK’s future relationship with the EU, Michael Burrage shows that it is quite OK to walk away.
March 26, 2017Posted by on
I was really surprised to find out that many modern artists sing songs dedicated to their mother — at least modern artists to me. I belong to the rock-n-roll generation although that’s not where my taste in popular music lies. I listen regularly to online radio station in Cleveland Ohio called WKHR. Perhaps it was the influence of a childhood being raised during WWII that made what is now called The Great American Song Book my favourite source of popular music. Read more of this post
March 12, 2017Posted by on
- What sci-fi film connects the protagonist with Donald Duck?
- The protagonist in 1 became the antagonist nicknamed ‘Long Hair’ who killed rancher Wil Anderson in which film?
- What is the connection between the film at 1 and the American Revolution?
- Name the films where the actor playing Wil Anderson  died on screen?
March 5, 2017Posted by on
Having posted a piece about Robby the robot and the film Forbidden Planet a series of connections occurred to me. Creating a quiz on-line where the answer can be found by searching the internet is difficult. Word quizzes can vary in their extremes from the really easy the most tortuous, like the ‘Round Britain Quiz’. The questions where of the ‘you-know-the answer-or-you-don’t, such as those on UK Gameshows.com, rarely apply when there is access to the internet. Read more of this post
March 5, 2017Posted by on
Having searched for an amusing take on robots from comic strips that I am familiar with I eventually opted for a film made over 60 years ago, The Forbidden Planet. I have seen the film and it has as much to do with Shakespeare as Freud. Robbie the robot was probably the most iconic character and star in the film which was loosely based on The Tempest and had Anne Francis playing a delightful Miranda, renamed and achieving cult status as Altaira. However, in 1956 it was the notion that Robbie the robot could instantly manufacture anything to order, clothes, machine parts, food and much more, which caught my imagination. Read more of this post
December 25, 2016Posted by on
November 26, 2016Posted by on
This week on Facebook: My attention turned to fish and the ever increasing global demand for sources of protein. I often mention in conversations with a friend what I call my Tesco Tuna Test, the contention being that cheap tins of Tuna — usually sold as 3 tins wrapped together — is only possible when the supply continues to exceed (or match) the demand. The demand is clearly going to increase, along with the price and the eventual reduction in the global supply of supply of tuna. If the TTT provides a measure of global overfishing by the price of wrapped tins of tuna divided by the weight of tuna therein, it will also increase. It’s difficult to predict what number in the TTT would represent global overfishing, especially as that number has already been reached, but perhaps it may represent the rate at which global overfishing is occurring. This assumes that supermarkets, their suppliers and consumers of tuna, actually care as the TTT has yet to begin a recognisable (and inevitable) exponential rise. Read more of this post
October 22, 2016Posted by on
This week on Facebook: I thought that I might take a break by posting 5 of my favourite scenes from movies that I would watch again. It turned out to be much harder than I expected in choosing and finding a favourite scene on the net. I have called this piece part I because there are so many remembered scenes from movies that I decided to repeat this theme at some future date. In some movies there are many scenes and in others while the movie is memorable a selected a scene from it is not. So here are my 5 scenes for Part I (in no particular order). Read more of this post