Monthly Archives: August 2018

Taking the drama out of a crisis

Today’s Guardian led with a piece about a comprehensive Chinese study which shows that air pollution (already implicated in 7 million premature deaths a year worldwide) damages intelligence and cognitive function, not just in foetuses and children, but in adults, … Continue reading

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The law is an ass (Part 383)

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham of West Mercia Police, national head of roads policing, proposes¬†penalising drivers for exceeding the speed limit by 1mph. “We are proud to be law enforcers,” he says. He seems to embody the dangerous banality of roads … Continue reading

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When will they ever learn?

Should the offence of dangerous cycling be brought into line with dangerous driving? A 3-month consultation has been announced. Cycling UK says it’s an opportunity to review road safety legislation in general. As usual, public debate about road safety refers … Continue reading

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Paradigm for paradise

It’s anomalous, and scandalous, that while public services are cut to the bone, tens of ¬£billions are blown on a traffic system which amounts to a public disservice. The system is dysfunctional. It fails on every count: safety, health, efficiency, … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Smugness of HS2

While the last ten years has seen the loss of 135 million miles of rural bus routes, a quarter of the staff at HS2 – that high-cost vanity project which does nothing to improve rural connectivity – are on six-figure … Continue reading

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Wizards of Oz

CSIRO has made a breakthrough in the distribution and storage of hydrogen fuel. Story here.

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