Tag Archives: Tom Lehrer

Demons of self-expression recklessly discard restraint

Via the wonderful Viv McWaters, this post – How to Ask a Question – reaches me. …. After they finished and the moderator opened the floor for questions, the usual thing happened. The questioners by and large had no questions. … Continue reading

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What, never? No, never… well, hardly ever

do I go to see Gilbert and Sullivan productions.  And good as tonight’s am-dram performance of “HMS Pinafore” was, I still left dredging from my memory Tom Lehrer’s assessment – “you can always rely on Gilbert and Sullivan for a … Continue reading

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Leading us all astray?

Thanks to the readers who have added very useful comments and links below my “How little we learn” post.  There’s more to come (including some recently published books on the topic), but this cartoon below from xkcd was in my … Continue reading

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Scientist discovers new element – Administratium

from here. The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by  University physicists. The element, tentatively named Administratium  (AD), has no protons or electrons, which means that its atomic number  is 0. However, it does have 1 neutron, 125 … Continue reading

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Tom Lehrer as one of ten great figures of past century

In 1999, Martin Gilbert, the biographer of Winston Churchill and famous chronicler of the 20th century, named Lehrer as one of the 10 great figures of the previous 100 years. “Lehrer was able to express and to expose, in humorous … Continue reading

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Japanese Nuclear Emergency – babies as canaries in the coalmine?

OK, so this is difficult, because there’s always the accusation that you are being “emotive” when you talk about children’s health. But then you read such utter bollocks from clueless journalists who think that attack is the best form of … Continue reading

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Humour: Accountability and being bullet proof…

I’ve just read “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. It’s borrow-not-buy, but there are certainly some good points well made. On accountability – “I’m talking about that moment when you know you have to call one of … Continue reading

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