News items

I used to use Twitter and Facebook to post items of news that interest me (incuding ones that I disagree with), but since the proposed purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk in April 2022 I have decided to reduce my use of these social media platforms, and instead use this page to keep a chronological record of some of the news items in which I am interested so that I can refer back to them in the future (commencing at the end of April 2022). For material relating to the interface between digital tech and the environment, please also see DESC’s stories page (material posted there is not duplicated here).






Elon Musk’s firm Neuralink investigated over animal tests, by Joshua Thurston in The Times, 6 December 2022


China’s digital Stasi sees all from cyberspace, The Sunday Times, 4 December 2022


Rod Liddle’s comments on Lady Susan Hussey and Conor Burns in The Sunday Times, 4 December 2022


San Francisco to allow police ‘killer robots’, BBC News, 1 December 2022 – it may be inevitable, but cannot be “right”.


Social media firms told to protect young or pay price, The Times, 29 November 2022




Graph of recent Bank of England interest rates – a reminder that during my mortgage the Bank’s interest rates were almost always over 4% and reached 14.88% in 1989 (the actual mortgage rates were of course higher than the Bank rates, reaching an average of 15.25% in 1990, although faling to single digits in 1992).


Crypto collapse is a familiar tale of the big lie, David Aaronovitch in The Times, 16 November 2022


Universities told to ‘decolonise’ maths courses, George Sandeman in The Times, 16 November 2022



Leaders of charity backed by Meghan were paid £2m, Ben Ellery in The Times, 10 October 2022.


Netflix pushes back on ‘panicked’ Prince Harry, Meghan Markle over doc edits, by Sara Nathan, Page Six (New York Post), 4 October 2022





The race to be England’s biggest wine producer is hotting up, by Jancis Robinson in The Financial Times, 1 October 2022


Study contradicts Rees-Mogg over hydrogen for heating, BBC News, 28 September 2022




Why the hate for Meghan during mourning period, asks America?, Will Pavia in The Times, 19 September 2022 – this very much shows the difference between USAn and UK cultures. Dislike of Meghan in the UK is actually rather little to do with racism or royal couplings, and much more to do with her arrogance, selfishness and hypocrisy – but such “individualism” lies at the heart of what is seen as success by many in the USA.



Meghan asks Variety to postpone front cover out of respect for Queen, Charlotte Wace in The Times, 16 September 2022 – although according to this article there seems to be some doubt whether she really did ask, or whether Variety made the decision on its own.


Uber investigating hack on its computer systems, Shiona McCalum, BBC News, 16 September 2022




Modern slavery shoots up by 10 million in five years, by David Molloy, BBC News, 13 September 2022



Simply a classic “Ma’amalade sandwich Your Majesty?” – a happy way to remember the Queen


Clive Coates obituary, The Times, 9 September 2022.


World wonders at the Elizabethan paradox, Gerard Baker, The Times, 9 September 2022


Queen Elizabeth II obituary, The Times, 8 September 2022


New malaria vaccine is world-changing, say scientists, Jame Gallagher, BBC News, 8 September 2022


Meghan shares her self-doubt with young audience, by Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 5 September 2022 – can someone please tell me how anyone can think they could learn anything from her. Surely this is all about her self-promotion? I suppose people could learn about that…

See also Hilary Rose, Meghan and Harry’s not-royal tour — and oh no, another podcast, The Times, 6 September 2022.



I was a John Lewis customer for 16 years . . . then it kicked me out, David Byers inThe Sunday Times, 4 September 2022 – can’t help but feel that this is yet another example of how John Lewis/Waitrose has lost its way under the leadership of Sharon White; a once really good company is now performing badly on most fronts!


I was Russia’s richest man. Now Putin has $500,000 on my head, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, The Sunday Times, 4 September 2022.






Microchip implants threaten to kill off the business card, Alexander Butler, in The Times 26 August 2022


Nigeria becomes first country to ban foreign models in adverts, Richard Assheton, in The Times, 26 August 2022


Prince Harry visits Rwanda before brief UK visit with Meghan, Alexander Butler, The Times, 22 August 2022. Why on earth would President Kagame want to spend any time with him?


It’s not always the perpetrator who pays for sexual harassment at work, Sarah O’Connor, Financial Times, 16 August 2022


England drought: Everyone must rethink their water use, experts say, James Clarke, BBC News, 14 August 2022 – I’ve always been against privatisation of public utilities, and the profits accrued whilst still having very significant leakage seem to reinforce my views.


The rise and rise of anti-Muslim hate music in India, Raghvendra Rao, BBC News, 8 August 2022.


Venture capital’s silent crash: when the tech boom met reality, Richards Waters, in the Financial Times, 1 August 2022


Winland Academy caught hiring writers for uni applications, Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 30 July 2022 – surprise, surprise, this has been happening for a long time. Not surprising when hugher education is a business.




Why are there so few black women in England’s Euros squad?, The Sunday Times, 17 July 2022 (note that 3/23 is 13%, far higher than the percentage of black people in England)


I don’t need a talking toothbrush! When ‘smart’ tech gets too smart, Madeleine Spence, in The Sunday Times, 17 July 2022.



Don’t blame your bad behaviour on autism, Ben Spencer, The Sunday Times, 10 July 2022


Adam Kay: my electric car hell, The Sunday Times, 10 July 2022





Universities tackle grade inflation by cutting firsts, Emma Yeomans, The Times, 5 July 2022



Help, my energy smart meter is lying to me, Ali Hussain and David Byers, The Sunday Times, 3 July 2022


‘Sex positive’ education is harming children, Janice Turner, The Times, 1 July 2022.




India’s government cuts Muslim rulers from Indian history books, Penelope MacRae, The Times, 21 June 2022


Plans to close all rail ticket offices in UK…, The Sunday Times, 19 June 2022


Amandeep Singh Gill, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology, Executive Office of the Secretary General



Harry and Meghan’s private jet to US raises climate questions, Andrew ELison and Debbie White, The Times, 6 June 2022.


EU sets date for common phone charge cable, Tom Gerken, BBC News, 7 June 2022


Russian phone scammers prey on families of Ukrainian soldiers, Larisa Brown, in The Times, 25 May 2022



Clearview AI fined in UK for illegally storing facial images, Shiona McCallum, BBC News, 23 May 2022.



Girls see physics as for white men only, MPs told, BBC News, 18 May 2022



Liz Truss ties aid to trade to take on ‘malign actors’, The Times, 16 May 2022. See also FCDO The UK Government’s Strategy for International Development (May 2022)



‘No explanation’ for most first-class degrees as grades soar, Nicola Woolcock, The Times, 12 May 2022




Reparations for slavery are just a cynical shakedown, Douglas Murray, The Times, 29 April 2022





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