I think Britain has gone mad –
It used to be Keep Calm and Carry On in the face of a crisis- now its more like Run Around, Panic and come up with wacky ideas.
Maybe the whole world has gone mad but I live in Britain and this week seems to be mad week… This is mad in the British sense, insane, not really pissed off but then again that might be part of it too.
I have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks, but started reading the news more carefully this morning instead of just flipping through to see what was going on in Libya and Japan.
First thing Monday morning STARTUP Britain was announced – which on the surface seems kind of OK. It even has a website which has a link to ‘find an idea’ though it didn’t have any ideas, just what other people had already done, ho hum, guess I’ll have to come up with my own.
The website oddly also contains a picture of David Cameron looking like a Baptist minister on the front of a church bulletin (complete with breaking clouds) even though it is a non-profit, non-government funded thing.
David Cameron (sans clouds and sultry ministerial look)
You can buy the starter pack for a mere 25 quid – which contains well mostly some free 1-3 month contracts and a Barclays business account with 25 quid already in it! Joy – ooh and you can design a logo – and that, uh is about it. How is this going to inspire people to open business and be successful? It seems more like a recipe for Bankrupt Britain, or maybe I am missing something or its all a part of the Big Society thing I don’t understand and keep thinking I am missing something.
Then I found a link to Peter Atkins’s OUP blog about his new book –On being – where he tells us that:
Science is still stumped by some of the great questions of being. It still is unable to provide the answers to perhaps the two greatest questions of all: how something came into being from absolutely nothing, not just empty space, and how that something acquired the ability to reflect on such questions (that is, the emergence and nature of consciousness). But neither great question is outside the grasp of science, and both are becoming open to investigation. As scientists are cautious optimists, there is every hope that these truly great and extraordinarily difficult questions will give way to their mode of investigation.
Cool, a real theory of everything, eventually when we grow up, or when our children’s children’s children grow up, we will know it all, no un-answered questions. And science is going to solve everything. Or maybe Peter Atkins is worried about his funding too and decided it was high time he wrote a book.
I could say more, but this is enough, after all its only Monday.