Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.
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Friday 17 September 2010
Sunday 05 September 2010
Thursday 29 July 2010
Races over seven or eight furlongs round here tend to hinge upon so many hazards that the search for a winner tends to become a rather neurotic, complex process. Over two miles, however, punters have no need to fret about the draw, or potential traffic problems round all those twists and turns. They can simply back the best horse in the race. And on that basis there is no need to wait for Jupiter to align with Mars, or the moon to be in the Seventh House, to find the winner of the Artemis Goodwood Cup.
Friday 23 July 2010
So, National Service is back. Obviously not real National Service, where every chap in the nation is required by law to undergo 24 months of military training, square-bashing and army manoeuvres, under the baleful eye of a sergeant-major, as was the case from 1947 to 1960.
Saturday 10 July 2010
The Daily Sport, or Daily Spurt, as its detractors would have it, has been around since 1991, and the Sunday Sport since 1986, and, despite the difficulties that have troubled the British newspaper industry, both are still going.
Monday 05 July 2010
Low down in the south of July's sky lurks a venomous monster: a mighty cosmic scorpion, riding high in the skies of Mediterranean latitudes. One of the rare constellations that actually resembles its terrestrial counterpart, Scorpius was probably first logged in the Euphrates region around 5,000BC.
Monday 28 June 2010
Saturday 12 June 2010
Britain's new space agency is to spearhead a search for life on Mars, it was announced yesterday.
Sunday 06 June 2010
The killings in Cumbria resulted in a tidal wave of voyeurism fuelled by modern media driven to fill airtime. Is there a criminologist, forensic or investigative psychologist in the UK who hasn't penned a few thoughts in the press or offered their snap reaction?
Saturday 05 June 2010
Saturday 05 June 2010
The search for life on Mars continues. Scientists at the University of Leicester are developing a new rover vehicle for the next European Space Agency mission to the red planet. The estimated time of arrival is some time in 2018. This all demonstrates remarkable dedication and single-mindedness. Despite the failure by scores of missions to Mars since the 1960s to discover little green men, or even little green microbes, the scientific community keeps trying. The attitude seems to be that if you throw enough probes at a planet, something will eventually turn up.
Friday 04 June 2010
Spending long periods in a confined space is a trusted method of testing potential astronauts for the "right stuff", but nothing can really prepare them for the extraordinary reality of a genuine space mission.
Friday 04 June 2010
Monday 31 May 2010
May's black ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland might just have a silver lining... Look north at twilight this month, and you may find yourself seeing one of the sky's most ghostly phenomena: noctilucent clouds.
Monday 17 May 2010
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness