April 30, 2010 | Haikus – 2

Grey again. The rooks
no longer discuss
last year’s nest

April: two warm days:
forty four different kinds of green:
blackthorn white

a look at the last coffee in my cup,
squinting down,
a vorticist pattern

Yellow and green: the cement mixer’s
Grey-beige stuff poured into a container and lifted
high up by a crane.


Grey again. The rooks

no longer discuss

last year’s [...]


April 15, 2010 | Haikus - 1

A bare tree
An old nest of twigs and bark:
two rooks considering it.


April 15, 2010 | Proliferation?

Why does proliferation happen?
Why do governments develop nuclear weapons?

So far, in fact, always for respectable reasons. In 1945, President Truman went back on President Roosevelt’s agreements about continuing atomic weapons collaboration post war with Britain – the Quebec and Hyde Park agreements. Prime Minister Attlee decided to set up the British Atomic Energy Authority [...]


April 9, 2010 | Obama & Medvedev's STAR role

prague presidential palace

‘A season for disarmament’ Hans Blix declares, in the context of the new STAR [Strategic Arms Reduction] Treaty. (International Herald Tribune, 4-4-10). Over-optimistically perhaps?

There is no reason to suppose the new STAR Treaty will soon be ratified: missile defence figures alongside it, ambiguously. Americans love it; Russians hate it.