MESSY FRINGE

The messy fringe is our blogging platform. It is a mixture of vignettes, essays and analysis which we feel is of value.

Norman Shift

Norman Shift

Preamble – This is a short story about how change happens, and a moth.

Norman Shift

A white moth fluttered into a witch-hunt. It settled on a window pane that spilled light into the emergency cabinet meeting. Nobody noticed it. All eyes were on the Prime Minister, who was the only person who wasn’t sweating. [...]

Folded Paper

Folded Paper

Preamble – This is a story about the future of money, happiness and work. It is flawed from the get go because it projects into a future in which the UK has paper money not plastic, but go with it. I didn’t want to write it with dollars that would change everything.

Paper meant the [...]

Basingstoke Car Park

Basingstoke Car Park

Preamble – This is a vignette that considers what might happen to the cars of today, if we want to a grid based system of controlled modular transport. It is the Clarkson nightmare scenario, in Basingstoke.

Basingstoke Car Park

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Transparency and secrecy – who checks the Cheka?

Transparency and secrecy – who checks the Cheka?

In light of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden leaks, will the Secret Services change the way they operate?

Modern day spies may have qualities more akin to reporters than that of the paradigm of the cinematic agent, James Bond. Spies deal, after all, in information that will be useful to their bosses and they build [...]

Humanity – The Last Leap

Humanity – The Last Leap

Is there a final boundary in human evolution? Could there ever be a point when the mind could leave the body? What would it mean for humanity as we know if, if we are no longer ‘shackled to the flesh’?

At the moment, such a development is an ‘outlier’ trend. Most of the speculation of [...]

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