Issue 348: 2022 11 24: Cover page

Cover Page, 24 November 2022, Issue 348 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: the 2022 World Cup and the 1938 Olympic Games; education in the UK; the need for political momentum at Westminster; LGBT and Qatar; Artemis and Orion, rockets to the moon; ‘augmented eternity’; plus of course a crossword from Boffles… Continue reading Issue 348: 2022 11 24: Cover page


24 November 2022 Qatar And the Hitler Olympics. By John Watson My cousin, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Maitland Emmet, was a man of many parts. A schoolmaster by way of profession, he is better known as a leading amateur entomologist and the author of seminal works on moths and butterflies. He was also an oarsman, in the somewhat… Continue reading Qatar

Weakness of Top-Down

24 November 2022 Weakness of Top-Down When levelling-up. By Lynda Goetz Many years ago, fresh out of university, when I was teaching English in Spain, I remember robustly defending our ‘A’ level exams to a Spaniard. I argued that the early specialisation prepared students for university and the focus on a single subject.  He argued… Continue reading Weakness of Top-Down

Political Momentum

24 November 2022 Political Momentum And the autumn statement. By Robert KiIconner Old Macdonald would have loved the autumn statement. Indeed it could have formed a new chorus for his song: With a clip clip hereAnd a clip clip thereHere a clip, there a clipEverywhere a clip-clip… Because that is exactly how it works. A… Continue reading Political Momentum

Gender Dysphoria

24 November 2022 Gender Dysphoria Kindness Needed by Don Urquhart Biological sex is involuntary, gender is a choice.  I am neither transgender nor a woman but am concerned that I know so little about such things.  Instinctively I feel immense sympathy for anyone who feels trapped in the wrong body.  God made a mistake with… Continue reading Gender Dysphoria

Fly me to the Moon … again

24 November 2022 Fly me to the Moon … again By Paul Branch So where were you on 20 July 1969?   Chances are you were one of over half a billion people glued to the television watching Neil Armstrong’s first faltering steps down onto the surface of the Moon, on the Sea of Tranquility, while… Continue reading Fly me to the Moon … again

Ask the Ancestors

24 November 2022 Ask the Ancestors AI and ‘Augmented Eternity’ By Neil Tidmarsh Our prehistoric forbears liked to keep their dead ancestors close so they could seek their advice in times of need. The bones of generations of the tribe’s leaders and wise men and women were kept in neat stacks inside the tribe’s long… Continue reading Ask the Ancestors


24 November 2022 Crossword Number 348 By Boffles Click for this Week’s interactive online crossword Click for a printable version of this Week’s crossword Click for solution to crossword 347 Boffles 2 now available from Amazon at £6.99.Just the thing for autumn & winter evenings. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


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