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Joined 6 years ago from Jersey, Iles de la Manche

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I was born in Jersey, Ile de la Manche

I have spent my whole life here except for three years in Reading to get a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Psychology at the university.

Whilst at university, I wrote two books. I wrote the first one by accident. So I wrote the second one to see if I could do it again.

That first book was called “Culture, Church and Community” and was written in response to a request by my church to discuss what it meant to be a Christian in the 20th Century. I have re-written it many times since and have now broken it into two books called "Living Without Cruelty" and "Terraforming the Planet Earth"

Over twenty years ago, I accidently started my own company as a business development consultant and earned a few pennies over that time.

Then in 2006, I decided that it was about time that I devoted more time to charity fundraising as most charities are now struggling to raise sufficient resources

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  • Terraforming the Planet Earth
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    Terraforming the Planet Earth

    3 years ago

    Terraforming (literally, "Earth-forming") of a planetary body is the process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecoogy to be similar to those of Earth to make it...

  • The 6 Ages of Comics
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    The 6 Ages of Comics

    6 years ago

    - As Seen Through the Lens of my Life I cannot remember the exact age that I got interested in American comic books but I know that I was quite young – certainly younger than ten; probably quite a bit younger...

  • Why Banking Needs to Die
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    Why Banking Needs to Die

    3 years ago

    At the heart of banking is the concept of “No Risk”. There is a saying that a bank is like a person who will lend you an umbrella when the sun is shining and take it away if it looks like it is going to rain...

  • Beat Writer's Block
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    Beat Writer's Block

    6 years ago

    This is expanded version of an answer I gave on Yahoo! Answers about writer's block and how I have overcome it. Although it is about script writing in particular, it works with any fiction. If you suffer from this...

  • Jersey and Guernsey
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    Jersey and Guernsey

    6 years ago

    There is a rivalry amongst neighbours. Take Yorkshire and Lancashire or England and France. The same is true of Jersey and its neighbouring bailiwick Guernsey. There is an old saying amongst Jersey folk: “Red sky...

  • The Nonsense of Quantum Mechanics
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    The Nonsense of Quantum Mechanics

    6 years ago

    Take a simple experiment: take a light beam and shine it through a thin slit and it goes straight through. If you take two thin slits very closely together, you get a wave pattern of bright and dark slots. This is ...

  • The Value of Human Life
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    The Value of Human Life

    3 years ago

    John 8:31,34: To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free ... So if the Son sets you...

  • Ecological Collapse
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    Ecological Collapse

    3 years ago

    There are three problems causing ecological collapse: Irresponsible Technology and Pollution Dwindling Resources Waste IRRESPONSIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND POLLUTION There are two types of irresponsibility:...

  • Social Collapse
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    Social Collapse

    3 years ago

    The human race is an endangered species. When you read the not-so-vital statistics of the world we live in, you may wonder if mankind has any real hope for the future. The human race is an endangered species. But why...

  • Consumerism: A Life Threatening Disease
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    Consumerism: A Life Threatening Disease

    3 years ago

    LUKE 12:15: Then Jesus said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." THEODORE ROSZAK: If the resistance of the counter-culture...

  • Tomorrows Crises: War
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    Tomorrows Crises: War

    3 years ago

    In the capitalist's eye, war is the most desirable state of affairs because it is the most profitable. THE SECOND WORLD WAR The Second World War was the first war where all the propaganda and slogans took a...

  • Health, Wealth and Happiness
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    Health, Wealth and Happiness

    3 years ago

    REDUCING SUFFERING BY MEETING HUMAN NEEDS BASIC NEEDS The World Employment Conference of I.L.O. in 1976 defined the five basic needs as: Food Health Clean water...

  • Today's Problems, Tomorrow's Crises
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    Today's Problems, Tomorrow's Crises

    3 years ago

    THE FUTURE STARTS HERE BENJAMIN DISRAELI: The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power knowing what to do. At first sight, humankind does not seem to fit our prominent...

  • The Alternative to The Consumer Mentality
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    The Alternative to The Consumer Mentality

    3 years ago

    But why should you care? Because if this situation is left to continue unchecked, it will not be long before our planet and our lives will not be worth saving. We will be so riddled with disease and cancers...

  • Economic Collapse
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    Economic Collapse

    3 years ago

    Proverbs 23:4,5: Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. ...

  • Living Without Cruelty
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    Living Without Cruelty

    3 years ago

    This is my latest re-write of my first book "Community, Church and Community". The title was inspired by a line of cosmetics that contained wholesome ingredients that had not been tested on animals. It was...

  • Human Needs
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    Human Needs

    3 years ago

    A DEFINITION OF HUMANITY For the sake of this report, a good working definition of humanity lies with our basic human needs. If these needs are unfulfilled, we fail to express our full humanity. It is true that...

  • Wealth Not Money
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    Wealth Not Money

    3 years ago

    Money is continually mistaken for wealth. Because we value everything in terms of money, we believe that wealth must mean money. We think that having a lot of money means that we are wealthy. But real wealth consists of...

  • Does Graphology Work?
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    Does Graphology Work?

    5 years ago

    Graphology is the study of handwriting in order to get information about underlying personality. It is alleged to be a pseudo-science because tests have proven inconclusive. However, everyone knows that graphology...

  • The Problem With Probability
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    The Problem With Probability

    6 years ago

    My elder brother Terry is responsible for a real epiphany moment in my understanding of mathematics. One day we were at home and he turned to me and said “I bet I can get 10 heads in a row”. Having...

  • Functionalism and Its Implications
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    Functionalism and Its Implications

    3 years ago

    Functionalism was an 19th Century idea that the function of an object was independent of the structure of the object. You may not think this is a big deal but it was a difficult for a 19th mind to consider  because...

  • Global Warming: Cooling the Planet
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    Global Warming: Cooling the Planet

    3 years ago

    In 1974, Professor Stephen Salter of the University of Edinburgh invented a novel device that became known as the Salter Duck or Nodding Duck or Edinburgh Duck. In small scale controlled tests, the Duck's curved...

  • Writing and HubPages
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    Writing and HubPages

    6 years ago

    WRITING IS EASY, HUBPAGES ARE HARD I have been writing now for almost 30 years. I just do 1 page a day as a minimum. If I am more creative, great but if not, then at least I have done one page. At the end of the year, I...

  • Comics: Just For Kids?
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    Comics: Just For Kids?

    6 years ago

    I believe the oldest comic starts with the words “I Ramses the Great did achieve a great victory ...” and was chiselled onto a temple wall in Luxor in Egypt abut 1274 BC.The Egyptians were big fans of...

  • Favourite Lists Were Not Easy
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    Favourite Lists Were Not Easy

    6 years ago

    I decided to do a sponsored event for charity by writing a 365 HubPages this year or an average of one every day. I thought that it would be easy; after all, I have written 2 books that way. But it quickly became...

  • Global Warming: Why the Computer Models Need to Get it Wrong
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    Global Warming: Why the Computer Models Need to Get it Wrong

    3 years ago

    Richard Attenborough was finally swayed by the argument for global warming when he saw how closely a computer model matched real life. Unfortunately, this is a classic example of hoodwinking - whether intentionally or...

  • Banks: The Credit Crunch Was Their Fault
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    Banks: The Credit Crunch Was Their Fault

    3 years ago

    The thing that angered me about the Credit Crunch was that the banks were bailed out by governments around the world when it was entirely and utterly their fault. At the heart of banking is the concept of “No...

  • Towards a Better Designed Wind Turbine
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    Towards a Better Designed Wind Turbine

    3 years ago

    Wind power represents a real and cost effective means of sustainable, carbon-neutral and green energy production. The disadvantages come from the fact that they need to be tall. The higher up you go the more likely you...

  • The Internet Nation
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    The Internet Nation

    3 years ago

    Graphic Endeavours by Matt W Moore he thing that really annoys me about Star Trek is the complete lack of understanding they have for the teleport system. To them, it is just a convenient way to get from A to B....

  • The Selfish (Non-Nucleic) Gene
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    The Selfish (Non-Nucleic) Gene

    6 years ago

    1976 saw the publication of a book called “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins which has recently been updated to celebrate its thirty years in publication. I first came across it around 1979/1980 as a...

  • There is No Such Thing as a Fact in Historical Research
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    There is No Such Thing as a Fact in Historical Research

    6 years ago

    I normally get lynched by angry mobs when I put this argument forward. The argument is simply this: history is based on the accounts of people and people very rarely tell the truth. Take a simple example like a road...

  • The Power of Art
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    The Power of Art

    3 years ago

    ART THERAPY: ART AS HEALING The use of art has always been used for self-expression and to convey ideas and emotions that are difficult to describe verbally. Its potential as a therapeutic tool became apparent after...

  • Better Alternatives to Taxation
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    Better Alternatives to Taxation

    6 years ago

    Everyone who enters this sordid and ugly world of politics has a pet hate - mine is taxation. There are two aspects that I wish to deal with: the first is the abuse of existing laws, particularly income tax and ITIS;...

  • Jersey is a Weird Place
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    Jersey is a Weird Place

    6 years ago

    Jersey is a small island in the English Channel just 15 miles away from France. Measurements vary from between 9 miles by 5 miles to 12 miles by 8 mles with an agreed area of approx 45 square miles. To give you some...

  • Thank God for Texting and the Internet
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    Thank God for Texting and the Internet

    3 years ago

    There has been a torrent of complaints about texting and the internet. It is claimed that they are destroying the English language in particular and communication in general. They also complain that the internet is...

  • Maguire's Laws of Experts
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    Maguire's Laws of Experts

    6 years ago

    Everyone talks about the population explosion. But a far worse danger is the explosion in the number of experts that appear on TV and in the news giving their opinions about every part of life. Next time, you are...

  • Thank God for Blogging
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    Thank God for Blogging

    3 years ago

    I have one photograph of my mother as a child - just one. She was aged 4 and it was a formal pose at a professional photographers. The earliest photo I have of my grandfather is at the age of 18 posing in his World War...

  • Thank God for Social Media
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    Thank God for Social Media

    3 years ago

    Cubed by Lorin Brown When I was at university, I wrote two books. The first book was an accident because I did not intend to write a book, I was simply going to write a letter. I got a letter from my local pastor...

  • Is it Really Possible to Bend Spoons Just Using Your Mind?
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    Is it Really Possible to Bend Spoons Just Using Your Mind?

    6 years ago

    Uri Geller claims he can bend spoons and stop watches using only his thoughts. Others claim to be able to make pencils roll across a table by a mere act of will. Well, spoons have been bent by people claiming...

  • Oil is Running Out - Hoorah!
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    Oil is Running Out - Hoorah!

    3 years ago

    Oil is running out. My friend John is of the opinion that when we do eventually run out, we will have to go back to somekind of Dark Ages. And there are many like him. There are many social commentators who predict the...

  • Global Warming: How High Will the Sea Rise?
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    Global Warming: How High Will the Sea Rise?

    3 years ago

    There has been much discussion about just how high the sea level is expected to rise because of global warming. According to a report prepared for the British Irish Council in 2003, it was suggested that the rise in the...

  • Parenting: Being A Step Parent
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    Parenting: Being A Step Parent

    6 years ago

    If you came here looking for advice on being a parent, forget it. I cannot tell you anything about that because I have never been one. But I have been a Step Parent and I freely offer my experiences, some of which may...

  • Thank God for Modern Art
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    Thank God for Modern Art

    3 years ago

    The good news for everyone is that Twentieth Century Art has removed the artifice from art. I do not know who was responsible - the usual suspects are Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp or Jackson Pollock. Personally I think...

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