What price sport?

Alma illegally killed. A golden eagle. The birds are illegally poisoned to improve shooting on grouse moors. Photograph: Murdo Macleod. Alma, a young female, golden eagle, which had been tagged and was being tracked by Roy Dennis on his...

Pizza: a history

The invention of pizza was a long and slow process. It would be more accurate to say that it evolved, rather than it was invented. Whilst many people, rightly associate pizza with Italy, its origins probably date back to ancient Greece, where flat...

Jedi

You may, as I did, think that Jedi was a fictional religion, invented as a part of the Star Wars story. You may have even heard of tens of thousands of people across the English-speaking world declaring themselves in census returns to be Jedi, and...

Krakatoa

This is my hundredth blog post. As a special treat I have chosen to present some spectacular pictures. The volcano on the island of Krakatoa is showing signs of activity once more. An amateur photographer, Dr Marco Fulle, who is an Italian...

Why are we at war? part five

“The problems that exist in Afghanistan are not susceptible to a military solution.” These are David Miliband's words. In that case, I would have to ask the foreign secretary: what are our soldiers doing there? Why have they been there since 2001? What...

Violence

If you succeed through violence, you have not solved the problem, but only created the seeds for another. These are the wise words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Violence takes many forms. At its most tragic we see it writ large in the killing...

Organic food?

Latest research states that there is no evidence that organic food is any better for one than conventionally grown food? Given the additional cost of buying organic food, this woulld seem to clearly imply that we should avoid it.

Why do we tell stories?

I have just read a book that should be of interest to everyone who loves stories and is curious as to why we devote so much time and effort to the telling of stories. Throughout history and across the globe every known society has produced stories and...

The paradox of self-interest

If we adopt a self-centred approach to life by which we attempt to use others for our own self interest, we might be able to gain temporary benefit, but in the long run we will not succeed in achieving even our own personal happiness. These are the...

Why are we at war? part four

David Miliband, the foreign secretary, has presented a change of tactics. He has proposed, not merely negotiating with the Taliban, but offering them high ranking positions of authority and influence in the Afghan state. These are the very people who...

This is the most important blog ever!

You don't think so but it is. Just look at the hits it got. Never mind there are no comments. There are so many hits. You got to read this. It is so important and so am I! Does that offend you? Does that make you laugh? Do understand I wrote it...

Do the right thing

Two wrongs don't make it right. These are the wise words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They were also the words of my mother, said so long ago that I no longer recall precisely when (although, I must admit, more than once). We all know the...

Scribbles Challenge 39

The monk and the novice were journeying across the endless steppe. This was a pilgrimage, a quest, which would enable the novice to reach a higher state of spiritual development (although, he had not been told its purpose). Together, this novice and...

Fear

Fear arises when we view others with suspicion. These are the wise words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. How often do we needllessly harm ourselves and those round us by creating fear as a result of our own inability to see others without...

Round Here - Lister Park

Lister Park was donated to the City of Bradford by Cunliffe Lister in the nineteenth century. Here is a statue to the philanthropist himself. He was one of Bradford's most successful businessmen. He had made a fortune from the manufacture...

Club Run - part fourteen

James was in the den, drinking lager, listening to R Dean Taylor singing, 'There's a ghost in my house', and feeling very pleased with himself. He had been waiting for this moment all day, storing it up, feeling it welling up, savouring his sense of...

Why do we tell stories?

Every known society has produced stories. It is a sociological universal. And there aren't many of those. Whilst we devoted a great deal of time and resources to exploring the world we live in, this basic question appears to be overlooked. Yet I...

They don't pay road tax

What is it about the mere sight of a cyclist that drives some motorists insane with rage? If you are a cyclist, you will know exactly what I am talking about. For those of you who don't cycle, let me explain. Talk to any cyclist and sooner...

The hardest words to say

I am sorry. I made a mistake. I apologise. What is it about these words that makes them so difficult for our politicians? President Obama without knowing the facts of the case criticised police handling of the arrest of Professor Henry Gates. He...

Club Run - part thirteen

It seemed as though this glorious summer would last forever. On that following Sunday, the sun shone as brightly and as beautifully as any that had graced the Garden of Eden itself. There was not even a cloud in the sky, nor the merest suggestion of a...

Easy ways to improve your life!

Would you like to seriously improve your life? Would you like to know some simple easy to follow steps to a happy and fulfilled life? Well Dr Wiseman, who studied the psychology of deception has the answers. If you buy his book 59 Seconds: Think a...

Club Run - part twelve

Late that night James received a telephone call from Tom, which was guarded and cryptic to say the least. All Tom would say was that he wanted to meet, as soon as possible. James could not help but notice the sense of excitement in Tom's voice. ...

Our money

The economy is in such a mess that the government is borrowing millions of pounds every hour. Yet in a hopeless, futile attempt to promote party interest, Gordon Brown, and his government, repeatedly tell us how they are going to spend more and more of...

Experts know best!

I am sure some of you will recall the old adage: 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away.' The National Health Service has a new, bright twenty-first century version designed specifically for children: 'An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away.' The...

Club Run - part eleven

The Aleswick Cafe was located approximately two-thirds of the way round their loop. It had plenty of outside seating, the staff were friendly and welcomed cyclists. Moreover, the coffee was rich and aromatic. Best of all, the cakes were home-made and...