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Helmets for car occupants?

What a bizarre idea.  Or is it?  Many years ago, when I was walking to school, any friend passing by on a motorcycle or scooter could offer me a lift, and I would just hop on without a care. Then we had compulsory helmet-wearing, despite the best efforts of the then newly-formed Motorcycle Action Group. Now the busybodies are trying again to get helmet-wearing made compulsory for cyclists.  I thought it odd that the notion of helmets for car occupants never, ever, gets a mention so I consulted Dr Google to find out if being in a car makes you invulnerable to head injuries.  Continue reading

Lifelong learning

Before committing to becoming a post-grad researcher in my old age, I tried a Stanford University MOOC course in Special Relativity just to see what I was letting myself in for.  MOOCs (massive open on-line courses) from some of the world’s top universities are freely available, but they’re not the only internet resources for lifelong learning and re-skilling.  Link

From the heavens to the depths of hell

Ever wondered what title you have to the space above and below your property?  The laws in the UK and the US were founded on the principle of Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos (whoever owns the soil holds title up to the heavens and down to the depths of hell).  Modern day pressures are changing all that… Link


A great quote from The Yellow Birds* (my emphasis):  “It reminded me of talking, how what is said is never quite what was thought, and what is heard is never quite what was said. It wasn’t much in the way of comfort, but everything has a little failure in it, and we still make do somehow.”

*Powers, Kevin. The Yellow Birds: A Novel (p. 225). Hodder & Stoughton. Kindle Edition.

Don’t leave it too late

From my company’s Health Assured newsletter this month: “With one third of our lives being spent at work, there is little wonder why many look forward to the golden days of retirement.”

To me, the moral of this is: make sure you enjoy your work.  If you don’t, and you are fortunate enough to have a choice, then do something else.