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Bombs and Cherry Blossoms

Born in Tokyo in 1909, Midori Naka was a well-known stage actress of the Shingeki style. In early 1945, Naka became lead actress in the Sakura-tai (Japanese for ‘Cherry Blossom Unit’), a newly formed mobile theater group. Later that year … Continue reading

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Buesseler and Blanch

On this 70th anniversary of atomic bombs being dropped on two heavily populated Japanese cities, it’s rather depressing that Japan is restarting its nuclear reactors, which have all been shut down since the Fukushima disaster began more than four years … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole

I would guess that most people outside of the UK won’t have much interest in the Labour Party leadership contest. Normally, most people who live in the UK wouldn’t have much interest, either. In 2015, though, the leadership contest has … Continue reading

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Port Simpson to Prince Rupert

In June, Dana Durnford arrived home after spending 160 days on the ocean, an epic voyage which he calls the ‘Expedition for Life’. Dana lives on the Sunshine Coast, the mainland and chain of islands that stretches for a hundred … Continue reading

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Flora and Fauna and Fission

In my previous post I was banging on about a tv programme that was broadcast in Australia at the weekend. It was called Spies, Lords and Predators and was an expose of the Westminster child sex abuse scandal. The programme … Continue reading

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An Ocean Dies

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying. The mass die-offs of wildlife on the west coast of North America continues apace. From Mexico up to … Continue reading

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Morality the Media and Megan Rice

I’m not going to go into a rant about the result of the 2015 UK general election, which in the ‘first past the post’ system gave the Conservative party a slim majority with just 37% of those who could be … Continue reading

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Mermaids and Muons

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) issued a report this week which stated that a muon scan found no fuel inside the No.1 reactor vessel at Fukushima Daiichi (here). TEPCO propose that the corium (melted reactor core) is still inside … Continue reading

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Fukushima 4th Anniversary

In early May of 1986 a friend and I were on a hiking holiday in the far north of Scotland. This was a week or so after the Chernobyl reactor No.4 blew its top. We were hiking along the coast … Continue reading

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The Caldicott Symposium 2015

Organised by Helen Caldicott, it was a two day event, Feb 28th and March 1st, held at the New York Academy of Medicine called ‘The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction’, and was billed as: ‘A unique, two-day symposium with an … Continue reading

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