Category Archives: Politics

One thing we have learnt this week – President Trump

President Trump.  Two words I find it difficult but not surprising to type.  After Brexit I have thought it was highly likely he would win for some months.  There are two reasons for this one of which is covered below … Continue reading

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Robots part II

Up until now robots and automation has been peripheral to most of our lives -insufficient technological progress in AI and globalisation have saved us from it.  However this does look about to change.  Just last Saturday the Guardian magazine did … Continue reading

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Iraq’s energy crisis

Who would have thought that in a country built on oil there would be a full blown energy crisis?  Yet that is the situation in Iraq today.  Many places get a few hours of electricity a day.  When the power … Continue reading

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Going fossil free (in 100 years)

The G7 have committed to going fossil free at the latest G7 conference (in 100 years).  Opinions are divided on whether the G7 is any longer a good idea and also whether the fossil free pledge is good idea.  I … Continue reading

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End of year thoughts

Its customary at this time of year for some end of year thoughts.  Like many pundits I cannot wait to see the back of 2014 and hope 2015 will be better for not just me but more importantly many of … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – Gaza

Is the war in Gaza not about terrorism but control of energy?  This idea was raised this week in the Guardian (other links in this article).  A few years ago it was announced that a very large gas field had … Continue reading

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Things we have learnt this year…

Its customary to be looking back at this time of year and “The oil lamp” is going to be no exception.   Our book covers economics, transport, food as well as energy issues seeing them as all interlinked.  What’s happened … Continue reading

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The Arab “Spring” and energy security

  Early 2011 saw the so-called Arab “Spring” – an abrupt and unexpected change in the political landscape across the Arab world. Starting in Tunisia, widespread street protests took place as ordinary citizens demanded human rights and political change. The … Continue reading

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Carnival Kingdom – a short review

There is no doubt that in the 13 years since the millennium any optimism present then has faded. Economic crisis, the growing effects of climate change, ever rising energy and food costs have seen to that. These make themselves apparent … Continue reading

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Fracking in the UK

On Wednesdays Guardian G2 cover there was a picture of the valley showing the church my grandparents attended in rural Somerset.  It was actually an advert for “Visit England” encouraging tourism to North Somerset.  How ironic then to read elsewhere … Continue reading

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