Carnage: a mockumentary - I just watched Carnage, a comedic documentary set in the year 2067 when the whole world is vegan and reflecting back on their horrific, meat-eating past. There’s something in this for all diets because I really enjoyed it as did my meat-eating family. I didn’t specifically intend for the kids to watch it but Daniel was very … Continue reading Carnage: a mockumentary
Inside my greenhouse - I’m so excited by all the things growing in my greenhouse. I’ve never had a greenhouse before but I can see what useful things they are. It’s much easier to grow from seed because the greenhouse offers some protection from birds and pests. You can also control the amount of water they get. I planted … Continue reading Inside my greenhouse
Haddo House and Country Park - Things didn’t go quite according to plan today. We booked the nearest car-club car this morning but it had a flat battery. We’ve been members of the car club for two years now and this is only the second time this has happened. Fortunately there was another car-club car nearby and so they switched our booking … Continue reading Haddo House and Country Park
When painkillers cause pain - I’ve had this awful headache since last Thursday. It’s not uncommon for me to get a headache which lasts several days but this one has gone on for longer than usual and I’ve just felt rotten. When I woke up at 5am this morning with a thumping head I suddenly figured it out. Last Wednesday … Continue reading When painkillers cause pain
How to argue with a vegan - I thought I’d do a part two of my “making fun of vegans” post from the other week. I like having my views challenged and engaging in difficult discussions about ethical issues. What I don’t like are the inane and often offensive statements people make. I’m referring to people who lick their lips and claim to … Continue reading How to argue with a vegan
I don’t like what you wear but I defend your right to wear it. - The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled this week that private companies can legally ban employees from wearing religious, political, or philosophical signs. I feel a bit uncomfortable about this ruling and here’s why. But first, let me say that I am atheist. I can’t think of anything I could wear that would fall … Continue reading I don’t like what you wear but I defend your right to wear it.
Not a true Australian - Recently one of the dads at school was telling me how he’d played professional rugby as a teenager. He said he got to play against some really great players and then listed off a few names. I could tell by his tone that I was supposed to be impressed by this and that these were people I … Continue reading Not a true Australian
The wrongness of killing and abortion - I cried when I watched this clip this morning. The baby’s mother has just died in a car accident and the infant is visibly distressed and mourning for her mother. Story in The Independent. We’re not the only animals to mourn the loss of loved ones. We’re not the only animals who love and care for … Continue reading The wrongness of killing and abortion
Remote work and children - Working from home means sometimes I’m working when the kids are around. This is the case after school on weekdays, on the weekend, and on school holidays. Mostly it’s not a problem at all. However I frequently have video conference calls and sometimes my kids will interrupt or there’ll be loud kid sounds in the background coming … Continue reading Remote work and children
What is Twitter good for? - Lots of things! I found one particularly good use for it recently. Yesterday I published a fact sheet which I copied directly from George Monbiot’s blog about the harm traffic pollution does to children. I thought I’d better double-check with him that this would be ok and so I sent him a Tweet. He replied almost … Continue reading What is Twitter good for?