Archive for April, 2016

Against metric units: a harangue

Here’s the diatribe I promised in my previous blog about the EU Referendum… During the late 1960s and early ‘70s Britain faced the prospect of replacing her traditional “imperial” system of weights and measures with the metric (decimal) system used…


The EU Referendum: how I’ve decided to vote, and why

In 1975 the people of the UK voted in a referendum to decide whether the country should remain a member of the European Economic Community (EEC). The outcome was a two to one majority in favour of continuing. I’d voted…



It’s been a cold spring here. The early flowers have come and gone at the usual times, and buds are opening on some of our trees (elder, horse-chestnut, sycamore), and the birds are in seasonal plumage and singing their hearts…