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Entries from January 31st, 2012

From The Book of Hawking to the book of Hawking

January 31st, 2012 · 5 Comments · Sandy's blog

Last week I attended the presidential lecture by Donald Munro at the Arc and Arc (the St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society).  All newly elected presidents give a lecture.  Donald chose as his topic the history of printing and publishing in St Albans up to the end of the nineteenth century.
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‘The Crypto Linguist – pre doughnut days’

January 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Sandy's blog

Going through my father’s papers, we discovered a poem – ‘The Crypto Linguist – pre doughnut days’ – written only last November about and for him by James Crowden.  It so perfectly encapsulates all that my father was.   James very kindly read it at yesterday’s funeral service.
(The “doughnut” of the title is the new GCHQ [...]

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Nick Clegg’s dogged insistence on better resources for mental health treatment

January 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Sandy's blog

In 2008 Nick Clegg came to the Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans to make one of his first speeches as newly elected Liberal Democrat leader. The occasion was the annual Guardian Public Services Summit.
He chose to concentrate on the inadequacies of service provision for the mentally ill.  It was not an obvious crowd-puller for [...]

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Speed can be over-rated – is HS2 the domestic equivalent of Trident?

January 10th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Sandy's blog

The planned HS2 route does not go through St Albans constituency, although two other main line railways do – the West Coast mainline and the Midland mainline.  So I am not being nimby in the expressing doubts about the merits of the HS2 proposal.
I don’t think that ultra high speed rail makes much sense in [...]

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“Curryoke” – mixing curry with karaoke for a unique night out

January 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Sandy's blog

St Albans saw a world first on Friday with the inaugural “curryoke”, courtesy of St Albans District Liberal Youth.  The venue was Fleetville Community Centre.  The delicious curry came from Halema Takeaway on Hatfield Road.  There was some extraordinary (in every sense of the word) musical talent on display.
The Fleetville Community Centre didn’t know what [...]

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the dearest train fare of them all?

January 6th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Sandy's blog

I am quoted in a story published today on the BBC News website investigating which is the most expensive rail journey in the UK – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16390608.  I have always argued that St Albans must be up there at the top based on comparisons with other commuter stations at a similar distance from their London [...]

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Everyone wish for a Happy New Year since 2012 will need all the help it can get

January 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Sandy's blog

Welcome to 2012 – strangely uncold, nastily damp.  The economic forecast is as glum as the weather.  And since “it’s the economy, stupid”, we had better buckle up for a bumpy ride.
We certainly should not seek to talk – or write – ourselves into a new great depression.  But the world is facing profound economic [...]

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