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Vaccination Films

This week I gave a talk at my old stomping ground to accompany a couple of films: Surprise Attack (1951) and What Parents Want to

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Anti-vaccination and Corbyn: a discussion
Anti-vaccination and Corbyn: a discussion

Anti-vaccinationism is fascinating. It takes elements of truth, facts taken entirely out of context and a smattering of outright falsehoods. But what’s really interesting about

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2007 – The iPhone

29 June 2007 I find it quite hard to believe that the smart phone is less than a decade old. I remember not having a

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2006 – Pluto

24 August 2006 – Prague Two and two is four. Apples fall when you drop them. The Battle of Hastings was in 1066. And there

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2001 – September 11
2001 – September 11

11 September 2001 – New York, Arlington, VA, Shanksville, PA The terrorist attacks on “9/11” were horrific. The sheer scale of the damage, the cultural

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1996 – BSE
1996 – BSE

20 March 1996 – London While the “BSE crisis” was not a specific event that can be pinned down to a particular day or year,

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1988 – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative
1988 – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative

13 May 1988 – Geneva Poliomyelitis is, sadly, still with us. But since 1988, global action on the disease has reduced the number of cases

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1987 – Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987 – Star Trek: The Next Generation

29 May 1987 – Los Angeles I grew up with Star Trek. Between 1987 and 2005, a new series1 of the franchise aired on US

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1986 – Chernobyl
1986 – Chernobyl

26 April 1986 – Pripyat The Chernobyl Disaster is one of those iconic events that has permeated into many aspects of our society. While it

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Of the Phallus
Of the Phallus

[The Right Honourable Member for Nutsford North] confers with the human intelligence and sometimes has intelligence of itself, and although the will of the man

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