Novelist. Author of APSARAS and other stories

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Trident risks

The British Parliament has voted to renew the Countrys independent nuclear deterrant, Trident, the submarine launched missile system. The new weapons will come into service in 2030 and last for approximately thirty years at a total estimated cost of £30-40 billion plus running expenses of approx. £130b over the period. So far, so good if it keeps the Country safe against unknown risks in an ever more dangerous and unpredictable world. The question is: will a future enemy find a way to neutralise the British fleet by the time it comes into service.
Every submarine (and surface vessel) has a signature noise, a hum from the propulsion system, the engine or simply the way it moves through the water. Now, imagine that a future enemy designs a tethered mine apparatus fitted with a programmable release mechanism. These mines may already be in place, tethered to the sea bed in those areas thought to be favoured by the submarines such as the strait of Gibraltar. They are easily updated to recognise the characteristic hum of the UK's new subs, awaiting only the signal to become active in time of hostility.
As the submarine passes over the apparatus it recognises the vessel and releases the mine to home in on the target. The relatively inexpensive mine then destroys the sub with incalculable cost, not only of the hardware but the highly trained sailors who operate it. All that money and loss of life for nothing.
It is a chilling thought.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

The Davies Hypothesis: Prologue

The NEW big idea. Why we need to be bold and think the unknowable.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

National Theatre - Ghost Soldiers

On the hundredth year anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme, an extraordinary event took place in the UK. Organised by the National Theatre under the guise of the secret Project Octagon, volunteers around the country were dressed as first world war Tommies and sent out to inform the world. Each 'Tommie' was equipped with cards to give out, each bearing the name and regiment of one of those nineteen thousand plus who fell on the first day.
What an amazing display, not only in its execution but in its conception and planning. The National Theatre needs to be applauded for its collective effort and those who conceived the idea, like those behind the poppies at the tower, recognised for their ingenuity. Make no mistake, this was another example of what makes the UK so great. The skill and artistry of its people cannot be matched anywhere in the world, something that should be acknowledged by those who believe that the UK cannot go it alone. Well done all of you at the National Theatre.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Cause and effect? Not true.

The idea that cause and effect were the primary motive for everything that ever happens has long been supported, especially among those that claim that the universal creation must have been the responsibility of a Creator. The idea popular with cosmologists, however, is that the spontaneous creation of matter-antimatter particles in a vacuum has fuelled speculation that cause and effect is only a hypothesis. Can The Davies Hypothesis shed any light on the matter?

I believe it can and this is why. the Hypothesis states that perceived time in the universe is three dimensional as defined by the trinitarian equation below:

T = ±√[ (+t)² + (-t)² + (it)²]

Where  '+t',  'real' time, refers to the present time, the here and now:  '-t', 'unreal' time refers to the past: 'it', refers to 'imaginary' time, the future, where i = ±√-1
Solving the equation we have perceived time:  T = ± t
In other words, man can perceive the past and the present but can NEVER know the future, not even a fraction of a second ahead. We can anticipate and predict but, despite being necessary for the present (and therefore the past) to exist, we can never know for a fact what the future holds.
If we can never know what the future holds, then clearly we can NEVER accurately know the causes of that future.

Therefore, although, cause and effect seems to work in the universe, there is no basis in truth for its adoption as a universal reality. This has profound implications for theologians and scientists.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Post Brexit

The referendum has been held and the UK has collectively voted for Brexit. Whilst most have accepted the result there are some, most notably the Scottish Nationalist leadership, that wish to ignore the will of the people and continue to have a dalliance with the other 27 Nations. It has been a common refrain from the 'remainers' including the so called 'metropolitan elite' in London and the Home Counties that the result was decided by the 'uneducated' working class of the North of England. I have even heard the same term used here in South East Spain. What arrogance!!
But why do the Scots and this 'elite' still hanker for the lure of the European dream?
Do they want to be aligned with the corruption and economic malfeasance of a EU that hasn't had its accounts signed off for over twenty one years?
Could it be the extraordinary wages, expenses and pensions of EU staff with their noses in the massive trough paid for by the citizens?
Might they reflect on the fact that despite putting into the pot more than any other country except Germany, only 3% of EU staff are British?
Are they attracted by the intransigence to reform or perhaps they are attracted by the promise that with the push for greater political union those Countries outside the Euro, like the UK, will be sidelined.
Perhaps they like the idea of an unelected EU Government riding roughshod over the Democracies of Greece and Italy.

On the other hand they may have absolutely no confidence in the ability of a resourceful, brave British Nation to survive alone.
They may not like the idea of an independant UK having the ability to trade with Commonwealth and other English speaking Countries.
They most certainly will regret that the UK can regain some control over immigration.

And the whingeing 'elite' and Scots think that the hard working people of the British hinterland are 'uneducated'. It beggars belief.
The UK should unite, the people remain proud, and believe in a country that has survived worse crises.

I have heard some hysterical people bemoan the fact that youngsters will lose out. How? Why? They are nearly always people under 50 who can't remember that before the EU, young people went abroad for travel and education as they do now. The only difference was that in those days all the European Countries were independent and different, offering different perspectives on life with not a KFC and McDonalds in sight.

Monday, 20 June 2016

'Pooled' sovereignty is NOT Sovereignty

I'm disappointed with Baroness Warsi; I used to admire her-but no longer. She was once a vibrant spokesperson for the Tories, dealing with difficult matters the elite didn't want to face, but she has sadly reverted to type. Despite having nothing to do with the leave campaign for the EU Referendum, she has announced that after publication of UKIP's poster she, a first generation immigrant, has decided to vote 'IN'. She clearly wasn't British enough, like many of her ilk.
What was it in the poster that annoyed her; was it the fact that it displayed a seemingly never-ending queue of what were certainly all Muslims; was it the fact that they were all males or it was perhaps that they were all young, maybe of army age?
A UN report has shown that 63 million persons have been displaced this year, mostly from the three countries, Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria. I don't think it is a coincidence that all these Countries are, like the good Baroness, Muslim. The majority of these young men are probably victims but there is a good chance that some are jihadists waging Holy war against the infidels. Imagine now that these people had come form lands full of the contagion of Ebola, they would be stopped at the border and rigorously tested; so too if they were Nazis. Why is it then that stopping these young men from spreading the contagion of their religion is wrong. Have we become so paralysed by the Human Rights brigade that we are unable to oppose the spread of the vilification of the West and our way of life? Somalia, Syria and Afghanistan are Islamic Countries. These people are fleeing the problems caused by Islam and yet they are carrying their religion with them to infect those lands which welcome them with the same mindset that caused them so much angst. It is this arrant stupidity that defies logic and annoys me most. Surely, unless they are brainwashed, they must hope to escape the problem and the only way to do that is with education! Not hours in a madrasseh studying the Qu'ran but a good all round education that focuses on the sciences and technology.
Ah! But there are good Muslims I hear you say; they settle and want peace. It's true, there are but how many times have we heard the relatives of young English Muslims who go to Syria to fight for ISIS tell us that 'they were such nice boys and girls; we had no idea'. It is in the genes.

Cameron argues that the UK hasn't lost sovereignty, it has 'pooled' it with the other EU states. Bollocks; like pregnancy, Sovereignty cannot be pooled; a Country cannot be partially Sovereign. Either you are sovereign or you are not and quite clearly the UK is not Sovereign. The chance will not come aagin until the EU collapses, as it surely will. I urge everyone to vote OUT and remind Baroness Warsi that the British are a proud, resourceful Country; compassionate but not stupid.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Accountability in Public service

Ten men are facing jail for turning a travellers' camp built with £3million of taxpayers' cash into a giant hidden cannabis plantation worth up to £340,000 a year.
Half of the 24 caravans at their newly-renovated Glynmill camp in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, were used as cover for a sophisticated drug-producing operation.
Their gypsy and traveller site had received a £3million grant of public money for improvements including a community hall, toilet blocks and landscaping from the Labour-run Welsh Government.

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Somebody somewhere, no doubt over a multiplicity of bureaucratic layers, approved of this scheme and should be shamed for their misuse of public funds. Where is public accountability? Who are the bastards that approve this spending and what is their authority? Let's have their names; everyone who voted for this expenditure. Let's expose them to the public whose money they have so extravagantly abused and let us tell the electorate that in voting for a Socialist government in Wales you are not only letting down a proud Nation but all the people who legally dwell in it.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Corporate pickpocketing

Imagine the scene of a common pickpocketing. Agent A approaches a victim as agent B waits events. Agent A steals the wallet from the victims back pocket, say, and passes it immediately to agent B who has timed his pass perfectly. When apprehended, agent A protests his innocence and a search of his person can find no trace of the missing wallet.

Now picture another scene; this time a businessman buys a Company (the victim). He then strips the assets of the company and immediately transfers them to his wife who hides the proceeds in untraceable, numbered bank accounts in a tax haven. The Company is then sold at a bargain price. When later questioned about the subsequent Company failure, the businessman can claim, quite correctly, that he has no knowledge of the whereabouts of the missing money. Now, what is the difference in these two scenarios; in the first example we have the work of crooks and in the second the trade of businessmen?

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Why all the fawning over Ali?

Following his death, am I the only one who wonders why there is so much fawning over Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, his familial name.
Despite his being a gifted fighter, he won an Olympic gold medal in Rome, let us not forget that the 'Louisville Lip's' biggest asset was his mouth and his ability to irritate his opponents with his pathetic verses. 'I dance like a butterfly and sting like a bee' was dreadful as was all his posturing, and his elevation to some Godlike figure betrays the honesty and skill of all those boxers who were genuinely braver and better. Even President Obama has weighed in with a tribute, praising a man who used his conversion to Islam as an excuse to escape the draft. Talk about brave; whilst other proud US men and women responded to the call to fight he opted out, suffering only the loss of his titles. To some people, he should have been awarded the merit of three white feathers.
That was bad enough but to hear the fawning praises of English commentators like Michael Parkinson and Piers Morgan is sickening when he cheated England's own hero Henry Cooper out of a win. Despite weighing two stone lighter, Cooper's famous left hook dumped Ali on his arse, only to see the american saved by the bell. His corner team then managed to extend the time of the interval to allow Ali to recover. His victory, because of eye damage, a perennial problem with Cooper, was, to my mind, a miscarriage of justice but it didn't stop the Ali bandwagon from promoting the 'story' that was Ali.
There is no doubt that his success in the ring also led to the illness that finally ended his earthly bout. His record of five defeats and the odour of a possible cheat suggests he wasn't the best ever fighter but there was a special 'something' about the man which captivated a boxing audience fed up with a succession of 17 stone plus, lumbering US heavyweight champions. He can be lauded for shaking up the heavyweight scene but please, do not place him in the Pantheon of boxing greats.