Friday, 23 November 2007

How Bizarre

It's in the news that a lady has won the right to not tell her family, or the father, that she's pregnant. As I didn't really understand this....I thought I'd do some research on the matter, partly to find out whether the mother would be allowed to know she's pregnant. Turns out she already knew.

Basically she's not told anyone she's had a baby, and put it up for adoption...which is fair enough I suppose, but it's a bit unusual that she made it legally binding. Fathers 4 Justice weren't happy. They'll probably climb up something, dressed as a farm animal as a sign of their responsibility.

I love this quote from the BBC website:

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also kept the pregnancy hidden from her family.

I'd say it was more for one obvious reason.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007


I'm getting a bit of a reputation in seminars. It's not that I'm particularly good (or terrible) but if there's an awkward silence, I'm always the one to break it. The silences normally crop up when a particularly difficult question is asked, and this is how it goes down.

Tutor - Can anybody tell me how fast we're moving in the universe?



Me - (quietly) 20 metres per second.

Tutor - Pardon?

Me - 20....thousand metres per second.

(Everybody laughs)

Tutor - Actually that's a pretty close guess. Well done.

(Everybody scowls)

Basking in the success of this fluke answer, I tried it again yesterday.

Tutor - How many stars are visible with the naked eye?


Me - it 400?

Tutor - Well no, it's about 5000 typically.

Me - Right.