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About Lavinia Thompson

A university lecturer for many years, both at home and abroad, Lavinia Thompson retired in 2008 and has since taken up freelance journalism. She is currently studying for a distant learning degree in geo-political science and lives in Norwich with her partner. More Posts

Thinking about it

These days scarcely a week goes by in which a potentially far-reaching new development in the world of science and technology doesn’t get featured. Irrespective of whether this happens in the fields of medical treatments or diagnosis, artificial intelligence (AI), genetically-modified crops that [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, whaddya know? Another twist …

Regular and/or chance readers of this organ may remember that yesterday I blogged on the modern era’s spectacular and systematic destruction of the hegemony of what might be termed ‘old style media’ and its replacement with a kaleidoscopic infinite variety of means of social communication and [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

What going on – and what’s not going on

It is noticeable – particularly in the Trump/’fake news’ era, but also further back in the case of numerable examples, not least such world-shattering events as the JFK assassination and the 9/11 attack upon the United State of America – how conspiracy theories not only spring up but [...]

September 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Conference season merry-go-round begins

The annual autumn political party conference season is upon us. I state as much for those who might thus far have missed it – and that could be most of us because the Liberal version has already been and gone to nil effect, but what’s new about that? Currently the Labour equivalent is cranking [...]

September 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just a ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ thought

Last night I went to Oxford for an evening meal – a round trip of five hours – and spent much of my driving time listening to Radio Four and/or Radio Five Live – both of whom’s air-time that was much devoted to the two Russian ‘ordinary members of public’ or [...]

September 14, 2018 // 1 Comment

Towards an uncertain future

For those of us either declining into old age in a state of semi-delirium – glad if not relieved and relaxed that the endless march of technology is gradually leaving us behind – or perhaps concerned that all notions of human society order, beliefs and norms are being summarily [...]

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

The means may change but History always repeats itself

Overnight the lead stories on both the website of The Guardian newspaper and Radio Five Live have been similar, detailing advance ‘leaks’ of the finding of a Commons parliamentary Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee about the clear and present danger that the recent global [...]

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Very English Scandal

I was certainly not disappointed with the second episode last Sunday of A Very English Scandal. This took us from the relationship itself to the botched attempt to murder Norman Scott. The performances of Hugh Grant and Alec Jennings deserve the praise they received. Perhaps it will come in the [...]

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A report from the Internet front line …

Today, as part of our ongoing campaign to keep Rust readers in tune with the modern world, I am reviewing some of the latest developments upon the internet.   PASSWORDS For anyone over a certain age the fundamental problem with passwords is of course that we cannot remember them. In my [...]

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

What’s happening

See here for an excellent piece on the ‘chemical capacity’ raids on Syria by Patrick Cockburn as appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

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