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David Beeson
Linguist, health information specialist, amateur historian
Linguist, health information specialist, amateur historian
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Celebrating the first anniversary of Britain's latest foot-shooting incident
It was fun being in Sweden at the beginning of this week. Friday was going to be a big day there: the midsummer celebration when everyone eats, drinks and makes merry. Those with the energy, the legs and the sense of rhythm will even go dancing around somet...

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The lesson of dutifully paying my duty
What a tiresome experience it was! Phoning a number and being told I needed to speak to someone else. Being kept on hold while trivial music played, only be told after a twenty-minute wait that I was being transferred to another department. Giving a credit ...

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Now the French too: looking for new - or just saying none of the above
Another election. Another result. Another cry for change – or of uncertainty. Back in May, his electorate handed Emmanuel Macron, a man with no previous experience of elective office, the top post available in French politics when they made him president. B...

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The mysterious meanings of markers
The thing about pre-literate societies is that they are separated from us by a veil of mystery that we penetrate only with difficulty. Because they have left no written records of their beliefs or explanations of their actions, we’re left guessing at dimly ...

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An election of all the losers
Who needs a “none of the above” option on a ballot paper? Certainly not the British electorate. It has found a way of delivering that verdict using just the classic old “pick one candidate” form. The 8 June election was the one everyone lost. The poor old L...

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Force of habit
Bribery’s a little more expensive than blackmail, but a great deal more pleasant to apply, without being necessarily less effective. In fact, combined with the power of habit, it can be immensely powerful. I noticed this with our dogs. Many dogs resist havi...

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Weak and wobbly failed. Admitting errors and preparing for a different future
Well, I got it wrong. Badly wrong. I expected that under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour would emerge from the British General Election with its worst result since 1983, while the Conservatives would increase their majority. By comparison, the actual result was far m...

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Voting Tory – you know it makes sense. Well, some kind of sense
If you’re not voting Tory at the general election on Thursday, it’s clearly because you’re just too obtuse to understand the elementary logic that makes it the obvious choice. So, as a public service, I’m going to explain it in simple terms. Theresa May cha...

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Trump, Climate Change, and Britain's abandonment of independence
America first, we now learn, seems to mean the planet second. That may strike you as a paradoxical position to take, America being, like it or not, part of the planet. If that’s your reaction, it only means that you’re one of those who feel we’re duty-boun...

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Luci's diary: human number 3 and the nice things she brings to play with
The humans went away! Both number 1 and number 2. For ages and ages . It got light and dark again lots of times while they were gone. More than my number of paws, anyway, and I’ve got lots of paws. Still, it wasn’t all bad. Whenever they go away, we get hum...
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