March Madness 2017

by Barry M-C on March 17, 2017

Some great matches on the opening day of the NCAA’s March Madness — and my best ever start on the annual BracketChallenge.

I picked 15 winners out of 16, dropping just 1 point. My infallible “technique” of picking winners based on philosophers and economists at those schools, and names of law reviews and cool mascots, seems to be working…
Tonight, UofA starts their campaign to lift the trophy at the

My bracket: 15/16 so far…

final in Phoenix: #GoCats! #BearDown!


Toward our true home…

by Barry M-C on March 14, 2017

Something fitting to be reading tweets about mankind’s next big leap to the stars — Mars — with the the moon and Jupiter shining bright in the window as they wheel across the sky.


Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” – 52 years on

November 19, 2016

Ronald Reagan’s speech supporting Sen. Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign still speaks to us. “A time for choosing” may be from another, more polite era of political discourse but its themes of deficits, taxes, liberty, security and leadership are more pressing than ever.

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Office of National Statistics: TV Licence listed as an “indirect tax”…

March 15, 2015

Some of my friends object to my characterisation of the TV Licence — required by law to watch TV programmes “live” as “they are broadcast” in the UK — as a tax. Well, the Office of National Statistics apparently shares my view: that the TV Licence is, indeed, a tax. This link: shows the ONS listing the […]

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Poles (and others) amongst The Few…

September 17, 2014

This message from Hope Not Hate is spot on: immigration can bring positive as well as negative effects. We are fortunate, today, to live in a country whose freedom was protected in the summer of 1940 by the extraordinary heroism and sacrifice of The Few. We should also not forget that some of The Few […]

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“Yes” Campaigners confuse marriage with divorce…

September 17, 2014

The Telegraph has this great picture from Scottish Independence Referendum (#IndyRef) campaign trail (which can be found here) that shows some of the “Yes” campaigners spectacularly missing the point of their own campaign when they’re photographed with a young bride-to-be. Why?  Well, whilst the young lady (pictured) is about to say “yes”, her “yes” is for marriage, the […]

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Scottish Independence: A “Yes” vote threatens Celtic Welfare Socialism

August 11, 2014

According to Scottish Labour and the Better Together campaign, everyone north of the border gets around £1,200 per year in welfare transfers and extra public spending compared to the rest of those living in the UK—and it’s all funded by those living south of the border… In a speech in Glasgow, 10th August 2014, reported […]

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Lights Out 2014: Remembering 4th August 1914

August 10, 2014

I walked home on Monday night (4th August) through my ward, of Harrow on the Hill.  Many homes were darkened with just a solitary candle in their windows marking the start of the First World War—and, as I walked, I reflected upon the awful loss of life and the shattering of peace, prosperity and hope […]

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Brahms evening in support of Spirewatch

June 14, 2014

Ganing and I spent a wonderful Friday evening in the lovely setting of St. Mary’s Church, Harrow on the Hill, listening to a Chamber Music concert performed by Friends of Harrow School in aid of Spirewatch. We were treated to a superb performance of Brahams’ String Quartet in A minor, Op 51 No 2 and […]

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Another reason to loathe email scammers…

April 6, 2014

As someone with a somewhat uncommon surname – in fact, I personally know ALL the other people in the whole world who share this surname – it always faintly annoys me to get emails like this… The fleeting hope that such an email might be genuine — that I’m due some great, multi-million pound inheritance because some nice […]

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