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Warwick Cairns

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Warwick is Press Officer of the British Weights & Measures Association and author of About The Size Of It: the Common-Sense Approach To Measuring Things (PanMacmillan) and How to Stop Living Dangerously (PanMacmillan). He has degrees from the University of Keele and Yale University. Born in Dagenham, Essex, he has lived many places, including in Africa and a Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, USA. He now resides with his family in Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom.

What happens next?

In a changing world, established settlements are being overturned and ideas once considered ‘unthinkable’ suddenly become possible again. So where does that leave Britain’s historic weights and measures? Who would ever have thought it? That’s been my summary of the events of the year, this year. The whole Trump – …

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An epitaph for the European Union

Like a lot of big ideas that turn out to be unpopular, unworkable, misguided and just plain bad, the European Union probably seemed like a good idea at the time. In fact, I’m sure it did. I’m sure it still does, to the dwindling band of believers across an increasingly-sceptical …

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Doublethink is the new Black

Lately I’ve taken to reading the London Gazette. There’s not a lot in it to like, really. It’s not what you’d call a riveting read. You get a sense of what it’s like from how it describes itself. ‘A modern, efficient way to disseminate and record official, regulatory and legal …

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Gender, Vikings, and parrots.

People stared at the make-up on his face Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace The boy in the bright blue jeans jumped up on the stage And Lady Stardust sang his songs of darkness and disgrace Lady Stardust, David Bowie Today, like Caitlyn Jenner, I am struggling …

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