I remember my brother building this Sinclair Scientific calculator many, many years ago. Powered by 4 x AAA batteries and operating with reverse polish notation. I used it in earnest doing my HND at Southall College of Technology. And still working! Both me and the calculator.
Battery life better than expected as people who borrowed it quickly returned it when they couldn’t find the ‘equals’ key. And there isn’t one.
I have to wonder why the BBC is giving the revisionist whitewash treatment to Marie Stopes. Howard Falcon-Long seems to be deliberately leaving out the bits that taint her life and character by the standards of today. She is portrayed as a female pioneer in a man’s world, someone with hidden depths and talent. Which in a way she was. But why has the more unsavoury aspects of her career and her thought been left out?
We can start with eugenics. She was an advocate of selective breeding and eugenics to ensure racial purity. She disowned her son because his chosen wife needed to wear glasses. She campaigned to get people of mixed race, the poor and the sick sterilised. She continually called for the compulsory sterilisation of the diseased, drunkards, or simply those of bad character. That’s Parliament dealt with then!
She seemed to have a soft spot for Hitler and admired his initial policies on racial purity. She attended a Nazi party congress on ‘Population Science’ in 1935. The lower classes, the ‘working class’ were another of her special targets, hence the opening of her ‘birth control’ clinics in poor areas.
I think she would fit in rather well today given the recent furore surrounding the idea of compulsory sterilisation that we see in the news.
BBC News – The secret life of Dr Marie Stopes
Saw this creature while out walking the dog. It was kind enough to stay still long enough for me to take a pic with my Nokia E71.
It’s beauty reminded me of the wonderful hymn by Draper, ‘All Creatures Of Our God And King’, itself based upon St Francis of Assisi’s ‘Canticle of the Sun’
Was on holiday in Kefalonia a few years ago. Had a choice of excursions. One was to do something, I don’t know what. The other was to join the celebrations of St Gerasimos‘ feast day.
Because of his reputation as a healer his relics are brought out each year and passed over anyone who is suffering with an illness in order to effect a cure. Would have been interesting.
Needless to say we did the other, a beach bbq I think. Now where’s my time machine.