Archive for June, 2009

Catching up with Cambridge

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I have been back in England now for over a week and I am still feeling a little out of my element. I caught up with Andy at the Maypole on Friday night and now have no illusions that it’s much cheaper to drink alcohol in England. Yesterday I went into the centre and visited […]

A year in Sweden and a summer in Cambridge

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I arrived back in England last Saturday and it has been a mad whirlwind of work, moving and cycling. The weather has been wonderful in Cambridge so far. I dug my bike out of the shed rusty and ill cared for and yet it is doing me great service getting me all around the city. […]

Free education for all at MIT and the Open University

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I have been really excited to discover that you can now learn for free at various institutions including the Open University and MIT. While you may not get a qualification at the end of your studies – disseminating course material in this way gives everyone the opportunity to access higher education. This is the beginning […]

This is the Colbert Report: Pro War Propaganda

Friday, June 12th, 2009

While catching up on this weeks Colbert Report I was saddened to find Stephen Colbert appears to have gone over to Iraq not only to entertain the troops but also to provide us with some good old war propaganda. So far on the show he has had Obama, Bush No.1, Clinton, Biden and Palin give […]

Gud finns nog inte/God probably doesn’t exist

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Swedish humanists have put up adverts around Sweden proclaiming ‘God probably doesn’t exist’ in an attempt to challenge the role religion plays in public life. Sweden is a remarkably secular country but it’s still good to see that such a campaign is taking place. I’m all in favour of keeping religion out of public life […]

Critical Mass, cafes and walks

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

We started the weekend with a trip round Gothenburg with the Critical Mass. There is now a new video of the ride up. Although there was only eleven of us, we remain optimistic that more will join each ride. The next ride is on 26 June 2009, meeting at Gustaf Adolfs Torg at 18.00. The […]