Ian R Thorpe

Ian R Thorpe
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Born Manchester UK, 1948. varied early career from clerk via construction site worker and street trader to I T consultant. Performance poet, broadcaster, fiction writer and essayist on many topics.
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When I heard that the actor, writer, wit and raconteur Stephen Fry faces prosecution in Ireland for an alleged blasphemy contained in what seem to me fairly innocuous remarks, it reminded me that recently an anti blasphemy law was enacted in that so called liberal utopia, Canada. Blas...
Hot news in science this week (though it's not really science) is the claim by a Canadian astronomer that his search for extra terrestrial intelligence has identified incoming data from 234 alien civilisations. One of the problems in assessing claims like this is in the world of scie...
A look at how things stand between the USA - NATO alliance and the Russia - China - Iran bloc in the wake of recent airstrikes on Syrian government forces by US, British and French military aircraft and drones.
TTIP, the Trans Atlantic Trade And Investment Partnership is being promoted bt the US government and the EU Commission as a free trade deal that will create thousands of jobs and bring economic benefits to partners. It's critics however claim it is a blatant attempt to shift power fro...
Who is funding ISIS, how has the terror group managed to assemble such a large, well equipped and (apparently) well fed fighting force and been able to wage a two year war against the Assad regime in Syria, the forces of the autonomous Kurds and the army of the Iraqi government, such ...
As the Baltic Dry Index falls we look at this little known but very reliable economic indicator which tells us the global economy is not at all healthy.
As most people are thoroughly sick of being told that everyday foods are very bad for us, especially when we know these conclusions are based on very dubious statistics, is it time to start challenging 'the science' with common sense points of view?
Seasonal poem for Hallowe'en. Silly and frivolous.
Matt Drudge thinks new copyright laws aimed at curtailing internet news aggregators could put him out of business. But for people who take the trouble to create original content, it could be an opportunity.
Prompted by a post from Peter Giblett (responding to an earlier one by Kaylar) and then to a post from Kaylar on a different but related topic, I decided as someone who spent 30 years working with computers and was involved in the development of internet technologies, to throw my hat ...
A rather sarcastic look at how the Washington / London / Paris / Brussels narrative justifying continued support for Al Qaeda / Al Nusra 'moderate' extremists in Syria is unravelling in the wake of Russia's intervention in support of their ally, the Assad regime.
We see a lot of stuff being presented as fact these days because "a consensus of scientists thinks it is probably right." When we think of how many great advances have resulted from the work / thinking of people who did not have a university degree in a related subject, we understand ...
The powers that be are pushing for a cashless society although some of the technology involved is hardly fit for purpose. But will going cashless and totally digital really be a benign move towards a safer, more convenient world, or will it amount to a monstrous invasion of privacy an...
Sceptics scoff at the old man's stories of paranormal activity in an abandoned village and its ruined manor house. But when a group of young professionals decide to spend a night within the walls of the old house, the ghost hunters become the hunted. If anybody needs a reminder that i...
Every old house has its ghost and Dukenhalgh Hall in Clayton Le Moors, Lancashire, about two miles from where I live, is no exception. There are many reports of The Grey Lady being seen near the house or on the nearby bridge on winter nights and there is an element of truth to the s...
A bit late for this years solstice but a good starting point for my eightfold Year sequence which celebrates the pagan cycle of the seasons as celebrated by the celts and Gothic tribes of northern Europe. This poem is not about the solstice specifically but the everlasting cycle of li...
A tribute to The Accrington Pals who fell at The Somme on July 1st, 1916. A historical note follows the poem as it is a bit too long for this section.
You have heard of Pavlov's Dogs, the experiment in behavioural science that set out to prove by conditioning dogs to respond to certain stimuli that humans could be controlled in the same way. Well why do you think Pavlov chose dogs for his experiment?
A reflection on the way we have treated the world. I am not convinced by 'the science' that the main threat we face comes from carbon dioxide emitted by human activity, in fact I think that is just a diversion to steer attention away from the serious harm we are doing to our planet th...
So the end of the world is upon us again, this time it is Ragnarok when, according to Norse myth the earth splits asunder (I like that word) and the forces of darkness storm out for a final battle with the gods and heroes. This is not likely to happen of course, but just in case, LET'...
A look at the ongoing financial crisis and why governments cannot come to terms with what needs to be done to end it.
A British news story but written in a way that makes serious points about how news is managed and the public are being kept in the dark about many aspects of the globalist agenda.
A Christmas question - I'm sure many of you know the answer (but it's the way I tell 'em). I was bogged down with family duties (chauffeuring elderly relatives) before Christmas and had no time to do anything festive.
Christmas is under attack with the politically correct thought police banning everything that might offend anyone and scientists saying Christmas Cards are unscientific but us pagans have a way of surviving. Good Yule everyone. There are a few notes on names of full moons, another pa...
Tongue in cheek look at some of the crazy job titles advertised in the public sector.
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