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Only two years after the narrow defeat of Scottish independence in the last major referendum in Britain, nobody should be surprised that the vote for Brexit has opened up new questions about the territorial integrity of the UK. The Scottish... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Green Ribbon
A few links that may be of interest to those following the referendum results on Thursday night. Estimated declaration times around the UK from the Press Association: The list in time order is most helpful for following events. To find... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
It is not often you see a Government intervening directly in a domestic political debate in another country, but the potential impact of Britain's EU referendum on Ireland has seen the usual protocols thrown out the window - no doubt... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
In the wake of the Panama Papers, a number of commentators have expressed an unease at the scrutiny of the Cameron family's financial affairs, even while acknowledging the significance of the issue of offshore tax avoidance. I couldn't help but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
On April 8th, the High Court is due to rule on whether the Goddard Inquiry into child sex abuse should look at the Kincora Boys' Home in Belfast. Several people have come forward over the years, claiming that MI5 was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
Just back from The Beehive in Tottenham where my local Labour Party hosted a debate on Trident tonight, between John McTernan the former political secretary to Tony Blair, and the former Director of the National Peace Council, Timmon Wallis. Given... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at The Green Ribbon
With a motion in the Lords looking like the best chance of forcing the Government to rethink its cuts to tax credits, here's a quick back of the envelope calculation of the balance of forces in the upper house. No... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
Seterra Online - Free Map Quiz Games Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Open Learning Notes
A small nugget from my latest research at the National Archives: Maurice Oldfield, then Security Co-ordinator in Northern Ireland gives his advice on information operations in the US in 1979. It is interesting given that the theme of a monolithic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
The Telegraph revealed on Monday that former Foreign Secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind were the latest politicians to be caught in a sting operation by journalists posing as lobbyists. In this case, the majority of MPs approached turned... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
The latest Lobster has some interesting reflections on the controversy over historical child abuse. Garrick Alder questions the role being played by negative evidence of a kind summed up by Donald Rumsfeld's dictum that 'absence of evidence is not evidence... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
Ed Moloney and James Kinchin-White have tonight published a new document from the National Archives featuring some interesting discussions about intelligence between senior Army officers in 1973. However, the evidence for their conclusion, that it points to a high-level army... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at The Green Ribbon
The International Phonetic Alphabet and the IPA Chart Omniglot - Online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages. Memrise Languages Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Open Learning Notes
Perseus Latin Texts Caesar: De bello Gallico Caesar: De bello Civilis Wikisource Latin Texts Vulgate Texts Bibliotheca Latina St Patrick's Confessio Courses Learn Biblical Latin by reading the Vulgata Dickinson College Commentaries Exercises Online activities from the Cambridge Latin Course. Wheelock's Latin exercises Latintests.net Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Open Learning Notes
Duolingo Memrise Languages The Polyglot Project - Classic literature in the original languages. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Open Learning Notes
Duolingo Foras na Gaeilge Dictionary and Language Library includes Pronunciation Database A Beginner's Guide to Irish Gaelic Pronunciation Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Open Learning Notes
Khan Academy Maths is Fun Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Open Learning Notes
Duolingo German is easy - blog Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Open Learning Notes
Duolingo - Learn languages through gamified exercises covering reading, writing, listening and speaking. About.com French - A useful resource for grammar etc, once you feel the need for a complement to Duolingo. The most common and irregular verbs of French - frenchlinguistics.co.uk À vs De - About.com French Accents -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Open Learning Notes
Learn Ancient Greek - Collection of free Ancient Greek textbooks. Ariadne: Resources for Athenaze - resources for the Athenaze Greek reader. Perseus Ancient Greek Texts Homer: Iliad Homer: Odyssey Plato: Euthyphro Plato: Apology New Testament: Matthew New Testament Greek Vocabulary: biblicalgreek.org Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Open Learning Notes
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Open Learning Notes
Understanding Evolution Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Open Learning Notes
The Feynman Lectures on Physics Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Open Learning Notes
Recent months have seen repeated calls for the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to look at events at the Kincora Boys Home in the mid-1970s (see Spinwatch reports here and here). A key development took place last week when a former... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Green Ribbon
There is growing momentum for the the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry to look at Northern Ireland's Kincora scandal, but a key piece of evidence linking Kincora and the Paedophile Information Exchange suggests that access to intelligence documents will be crucial... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Green Ribbon