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Browsing Posts published in August, 2011

The sound of London’s Notting Hill Carnival reaches us at our flat from some 3 kilometers away. Last year it was the boom of crowds and the occasional snatches of music. This year it was police helicopters.

Compared to many, my health problems are minor; osteo-arthritis which has led to hip problems and which has aggravated spinal stenosis. Both required surgery four years ago. Continuing symptoms are virtually all in my feet and legs: changes in sensation, involuntary muscle spasms, and, increasingly if not frequently, sudden loss of muscle power in my […]

Pirates roamed the Aegean when Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ruled over Greece. In 331 B.C. he ordered them to be cleared from the seas. The great warrior king reputedly asked a captured pirate what reason he had for making the seas unsafe. The pirate replied: “The same reason you have for troubling the whole […]

This last weekend looting and burning developed amongst groups of predominantly young people in London and then spread throughout other UK cities, before massive police presence on the streets led to an uneasy peace. The ability of the looters to stay ahead of the police during the disturbances has been attributed to their use of […]