The prince’s trust

I have deliberately stopped writing about politics and news, because it is too depressing, but I wanted to say a few words about the interview with Prince Andrew on BBC last Saturday.

Andrew is the Queen’s second son and third child, and has been involved with convicted and now dead financier Jeffrey Epstein. The interview was to clear the air about the various sexual and other allegations against the partying prince, set the record straight etc I assume.

But this article from GQ magazine says virtually all of it in a much better way than I possibly could, and I commend it for your attention.


There are, however, a couple of other things I would say.

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Science fiction

I love a good science fiction film, but there are things that always puzzle me. Here are a couple.

Why do doors on spacecraft nearly always open automatically? Are crewmen so lazy they cannot open a door?

Yes, I know it’s a lift really, but pictures of people walking through doors are not that interesting

The spacecraft we have had so far in realy have had a problem – weight. Every gram of excess weight needs more fuel. Most of the Saturn V rocket was designed to lift, well, itself. The payload was minute. Surely, excess weight for door opening motors would be avoided at all costs.

And have you noticed, when people want locked doors to open they shoot them with ray guns? And when they want them to lock, they shoot them with ray guns.

And what about transporters? They are amazing things. They are machines that take every molecule of an animate or inanimate object and transfer them instantly to another place where they are reassembled perfectly (except when the plot demands they are not working properly) without mixing them up.

The destination doesn’t even have to be another transporter machine. People just appear anyway (or disappear) from thin air. In fact, you can transport from one place without a transporter to another without a transporter. That’s a miracle.

And they must be so deadly accurate, to within the tiniest fraction of an atom. If a person is being transported onto a surface and is just a little bit too low, their molecules will meld with the molecules of the floor and they will be stuck. Too high above the surface and they will fall the last distance and possibly be hurt.


When it first started on UK television (on Channel 5, in 2000), I loved the American television programme CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Las Vegas, not the other spin offs).

There were some issues with it – the computing was wrong and unreasonable, it was plainly dramatised a lot as CSI would not really be that involved in cases, there was an awful lot of exposition (ie telling the audience basic things that actual CSI would already know) and I always hated when they performed some test and looked all smug and smiley because it worked and made progress on the case (surely it was just their day-to-day work) – but many of the stories were interesting, there were big plot twists, plenty of style and it worked.

Best of all were the unresolved cases where you were just left hanging.

I think they reached a peak around series 5 or 6. Because I liked it so much, I bought the DVD collections. When the programme went downhill, me being me, I kept buying. Having watched the first few series then left the rest for years, coming back to them recently after a long time was like coming to something new. Certainly, series 5 and 6 gave me much joy, and I think the very early series were generally the best. Of course, every series has excellent shows and duff shows, but these were the best.

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I always loved the original Thunderbirds. It was great tv for its time. But, I have always had questions:

  • why were the launch procedures of the craft so complicated?
  • why did the Tracy brothers nearly always wear the same clothes?
  • what had John done that was so bad that he was almost always banished to the space station?
  • why did John wear his uniform at all times when he lived alone?
  • what did John do for fun?
  • how come no-one could detect T5 in orbit?
  • why weren’t IR working all the time? Surely people are in danger at all times, day and night?
  • although IR said no photographs, we have to be anonymous, plenty of people knew their names and their link to Lady Penelope…
  • how did the craft fly? When they were coming in to land, they seemed to hover with no engines burning. Then they fired downwards and this made them go downwards. Then they stopped firing jets, and settled gently to the ground, rather than falling like stones. How is this even possible?
  • why are T2’s wings on backwards?
  • how did The Hood get his name? Who does he work for?