Now, about this ‘alternative’ …

London's burning

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If this hypocritical silence is the best ‘alternative’ The Labour Party can come up with, it will be in opposition for years.

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In his article this week, Boris derides Labour’s ‘alternative’ to bringing the British economy back to a state of fiscal sanity :  attacks on Fortnum’s and the Ritz and the setting of bonfires, all to be controlled — as best they can — by 4,500 policemen at tax-payers’ expense.  Having paid close attention to Ed Miliband’s speech, he concludes that the ‘alternative’ amounts to “two-thirds of diddly-squat”.

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The risks that attend our noble cause in Libya

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Map of Libya

Have we thought this through ? 
Shall we continue to have the blessing of the Arabs ?

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Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, puts these questions in his article in The Daily Telegraph yester-day (March 21, 2011).

The best we can say of this venture, he says, is that, for the time being, it seems the lesser of two evils, agreeing with American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that we cannot sit idly by whilst “this lunatic” massacres his own people.  He even expresses pride in the way H.M. Government has handled the matter so far.

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Anthropogenic earthquakes ?!

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aerial view of fukushima-daiichi
Boris Johnson points out the stupidity of man’s blaming himself for natural disasters

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In The Daily Telegraph yester-day (March 14, 2011) Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, relates that, on Friday morning, a caller to a London radio station said something as illuminating as it was breathtakingly stupid :  he attributed the magnitude-8.9 earthquake that had occurred shortly before six-o’clock London time off the coast of Japan to man’s constantly digging for oil and the planet’s anger at the intrusion.  Apparently the caller likened the Earth to “some vast animal shrugging its pelt at an irritating flea-bite” – mankind being the flea.

Pointing out the absence of a connexion between man’s “feeble scrapings and probings for oil [and] other minerals”, he goes on to say that the appalling events of the past few days are just a manifestation of the story of mind-boggling violence that is geology.  Why did India collide with the rest of Asia, pushing up the land now known as the Himalayas ;  or South America split off from Africa and the rest of Gondwanaland ?  Surely not because some pre-historic humans were fossicking around for oil.

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Protogenoi — the primordial gods

The Olympians

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Janina Davison Forder gives a brief introduction to the early period of Greek myth

Part I

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Greek mythology is a vast collection of stories — most of them inconsistent — about the gods, demigods and monsters of the ancient World.  But what came before the gods ?  Well, the Titans did ;  but what came before the Titans ?

There are countless books and resources that tell us all about Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades etc.  However, when it comes to the story of the Titans and their parentage, the information really is limited.

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