One of Three-Six-Five

I wrote and recorded (with a cold) a contribution for the excellent 365 Days of Astronomy website podcast project. It’s only a short thing (about 8 minutes).

Astronomy is a little hobby of mine and I have written/posted the occasional thing about it before.

You can download the podcast I did  from the feed as mp3 here.

You can listen online here.

Hope you like it.

I Still Don’t Want His New-Clarity

A Professor David Phillips, who is chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has come out and said that the reason certain people don’t like nuclear power is because of James Bond baddies giving it a bad name.

More specifically, according to the BBC,

Prof David Phillips says that Dr No, with his personal nuclear reactor, helped to create a “remorselessly grim” reputation for atomic energy.

Prof Phillips was speaking ahead of the 50th anniversary of the movie.

The chemistry organisation says it wants a “renaissance” in nuclear power.

Prof Phillips says the popularity of the Dr No movie from 1962 created an enduringly negative image of nuclear power – as something dangerous that could be wielded by megalomaniacs with aspirations to world domination.

Furthermore, he exhorts…

“Let’s say yes to nuclear and no to Dr No’s nonsense.”

Greenpeace managed to get the funny response in first though, so I won’t bother with that…

Richard George of Greenpeace said: “A handful of Bond films haven’t tarnished the nuclear industry’s reputation. They’ve managed to do that all by themselves.

“I don’t think they’ve got a top secret fake volcanic island though. But if they did, it would probably be cheaper to build than a nuclear power station.”

I think a lot of people might have more objections to things like  Caesium 137 and 134  which are “as it were, the fingerprint of Sellafield” at the side of railway tracks, than ridiculous spy films.

Also, maybe the information on either this list of civilian nuclear accidents or this list from Greenpeace might have stuck in the mind more than comic villains. I have put the Greenpeace one on the continuation of this article if you want to see it here.

Professor Phillips was recently on Desert Island Discs, I wonder if this was one of his choices…


Cameron Prefers The Spread-Regal

Taking a break from telling the proles to stuff it, it appears that the greenest prime sinister ever is also going to tell the environment and wildlife to get f*cked too.

The BBC says

Prime Minister David Cameron will not be going to the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil next year despite his pledge to lead the “greenest ever government”.

However, as always, there is an excuse and his excuse is that the summit clashes with the Diamond Jubilee (50 years) of some species of anachronism of German origin.


The clash raises the question of whether other Commonwealth heads of government will also stay away.

Protocol would be likely to demand the presence of the 54 countries’ leaders in London.

This celebration of outdated modes of government is obviously deemed more important than climate change, the pollution of the air and water, the extinction crisis, inequitable world development and a whole load of that other stuff that gets in the way of a real royal clusterf*ck of misplaced patriotic sentiment.

I use the word misplaced advisedly because a patriotic commitment to the environment that surrounds you, locally and globally, is enormously more important than propping up absurdities that should have been long gone by now.

Cartoon from the Pleb



For the purposes of the above I was just looking at her very Bettiness page on wikipedia. It appears that she is allowed to be a member of TWO religions and also that all of the royal family do not have children like other people but instead they have “issue”.