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Why I ride …

Why I ride …

      Oxford, 15/10/2018. I was musing on the consequences, mental as well as physical, of having an ‘off’ in the last few days. My incident happened last Saturday at dusk, when in a moment of lost concentration on a road I didn’t know, I failed to see a […]

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15/10/2018 at 20:42Auto Life&Liberty

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Brussels, 09/10/2018. Europe’s pension savings gap remains dangerously large, exceeding €2 trillion a year, which is about equivalent to 13% of Europe’s GDP (Mind the Gap 2016, Aviva). This is by far the biggest financial issue facing EU citizens, their children and grandchildren, believes Better Finance in Brussels. With government […]

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09/10/2018 at 17:00EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

PACS or Political Action Groups are thugs – we ignore them at our peril

Brussels, 19/09/2018. It was at the Byline Festival in August 2018 that I first became acquainted with the term PACs, or Political Action Groups, when American journalist Caroline Orr discussed the baleful influence of so-called SuperPACs on the American democratic process. I had not heard the term before, though had […]

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19/09/2018 at 13:27EU Life&Liberty

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

Climate change – could my warming cellar warn of a future struggle for survival?

The cellar in my old house has reached a wall temperature of 20 degrees. For the first time in 28 years, it is actually warm. My local climate has changed – does such climate drying warn of future human disaster, or is this too far-fetched? 13/08/2018. The climate change ‘is […]

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13/08/2018 at 12:06Climate EU Life&Liberty

EU/US Privacy Shield agreement failing – US must correct by September, say MEPs

EU/US Privacy Shield agreement failing – US must correct by September, say MEPs

Brussels, 12/06/2018. The Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament (LIBE) has called on the EU Commission to suspend the EU/US Privacy Shield agreement on data exchange of personal data, since this (relatively new) agreement still fails to provide sufficient data protection for EU citizens. Privacy Shield should be suspended […]

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12/06/2018 at 11:07EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

Goodbye Headington

Goodbye Headington

          Goodbye to the quiet, pleasant suburb that once was Headington (Oxford). I had to laugh at the Oxford Mail’s puff piece of the time (4th January 2016) for the new Barton Park (Oxford) development and its “waterfront” villas. The only waterfront will be the expanded […]

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06/06/2018 at 11:12Climate Life&Liberty UK

Straightforward politics in the Brussels Bubble? Truth the first casualty

Straightforward politics in the Brussels Bubble? Truth the first casualty

Brussels, 03/05/2018. I went to a press conference yesterday. In the Brussels Press Club, it promised to be interesting. Apparently the nuclear-limitation agreement between Iran and the rest of the world is due to expire in nine days time. Tick-Tock, the conference was called. Should the agreement be extended? ‘Salvaged’ […]

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03/05/2018 at 16:28EU Life&Liberty

Brexit Shorts

Brexit Shorts

    Brexit-Shorts – being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to the day-to-day Brexit saga …… — Realistic Brexit agreements, and deadlines 03/08/2018. I was gratified to find that cheerleader of the Remain campaign, the Guardian, rushing out a headline story on the same day as my last […]

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15/04/2018 at 11:27EU Life&Liberty

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Brussels, 31/01/2018. ACEM’s ‘Sustainable motorcycling in Europe’ conference last week in Brussels was a fascinating blend between the usual Brussels EU conference (suits, eurocrats, industry execs, etc.) and what has traditionally been seen as a niche pursuit (riding motorcycles). ACEM’s aim (representing as it does the motorcycle manufacturers) is of […]

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30/01/2018 at 22:31Auto Control Culture Life&Liberty

After Brexit, how will Britain’s management cope? Through negotiation …

After Brexit, how will Britain’s management cope? Through negotiation …

    Why is it that my country is so poor? I ask myself this question after listening to the latest set of economic and social problems emerging on today’s BBC Radio 4. Of course doom and gloom in the news is everyday ordinary (it is the journalist’s bread and […]

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13/12/2017 at 14:55EU EU_Business Life&Liberty