What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?

“Oh I listen to a bit of everything”.  Who hasn’t heard this or been guilty of saying it themselves when asked about their music taste? It’s a great way to let people know you’re not too uptight or closed-minded, especially at parties. But what does it actually mean?  Not everyone listens to a wide varietyContinue reading “What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?”

Cádiz, Andalucía

At first glance, the Spanish city of Cádiz can seem not too different from the strips of the sunshine coast on the Mediterranean side of Gibraltar. The more modern part of the city seems centered around highrise lined boulevards and palms that stretch alongside the Atlantic. But continue along the Island to its northern tipContinue reading “Cádiz, Andalucía”

Colston – The Emergence of Englishmen & Economy (Part 2)

Despite the royal charter allowing trade, England still found itself plagued by foreign ships in her own waters. The Dutch, having the most powerful navy of the time, had harassed British ships for decades by disrupting trade and were generally considered to be the leading European trading power. Control of Europe’s waters meant control ofContinue reading “Colston – The Emergence of Englishmen & Economy (Part 2)”

Colston – The Invasion of Africa & The Birth of an Idea (Part 1)

The life of Edward Colston, the former favorite philanthropist of Bristol turned profiteering villain, has been written about a lot since he was dethroned from his plinth and hauled into the city’s harbour in early June of 2020. But beyond his associations with the slave trade, the surrounding politics and ideas of Colston’s time thatContinue reading “Colston – The Invasion of Africa & The Birth of an Idea (Part 1)”

The Unspoken Leviathan

Published directly after the victory of Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians in the English Civil War, Thomas Hobbes’ treatise of man, Leviathan, was seen by many as justification for the past nine years of bloody battle. In it, Hobbes argues that to stop man descending into the selfish and wanton creature that is his natural state, aContinue reading “The Unspoken Leviathan”

Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide

The UK, we are constantly being told, is in the middle of a housing crisis. In some cities it’s worse than others with local councils making pledges to build thousands of affordable homes all over the place. A House of Commons report from March 2020 estimated a need for 345,000 new homes per year, aContinue reading “Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide”

Plants & Particles – The mystery behind photosynthesis

Plants are all around us. They grow and thrive, all without apparently moving from their primary position in the soil (apart from banana plants that “walk” along). So how do they do this without getting around to look for food like us? Their trick is to let their food come to them, or flow overContinue reading “Plants & Particles – The mystery behind photosynthesis”

Is There Any Truth In Ents?

“My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very, very long time, so my name is like a story.” – Treebeard; from The LOTR In J.R.R.Tolkiens’ Lord of the Rings, there are long-lived shepherds of the forest that look over and protect their ancient ecosystem. Wise in their extreme age and notContinue reading “Is There Any Truth In Ents?”

The Loss of Liberty in an Age of Freedom

As some of you may remember, or most likely not, the 2000 presidential election between the Al Gore and George W. Bush came down to an extremely nail-biting finish, where votes cast in the final state to declare its results would decide the entire election. The state was Florida, (the Republican Governor of which wasContinue reading “The Loss of Liberty in an Age of Freedom”

The State We’re In & The State We Need

In his 1995 book, The State We’re In, which looks at the legislative choices of the UK’s main political parties, Will Hutton makes some eerie predictions about the world we find ourselves in as of 2020. The foreshadowing of the dominance of recruitment as a business model, the rise of Chinese and other far easternContinue reading “The State We’re In & The State We Need”