Paul’s Puzzles 3rd May 2019

Posted: 3rd May 2019


Why is that we are considered virtuous if we ban chemical weapons yet are not correspondingly vilified for keeping nuclear weapons? Given neither can discriminate the innocent from the guilty, doesn’t it look as if we should ban and detest both?


I still cannot understand or comprehend why some things taste good and others taste horrible to ME; or, why things which taste nice turn out to be bad for me or vice versa; for example, I hate sweet potato and like Coca Cola & Crunchie bars! Can we ever really account for our so called taste buds!
(Why do some seemingly normal rational people eat olives; liver; prawn crisps and ….Octopus? …To me, they are all Yuk!)

Many thanks to Adrian and Rory for the excellent assemblies on Nutrition and Healthy Diet on Friday


Isn’t it odd that we have not revisited the Moon for 50 YEARS? And: Isn’t it even odder that conspiracy theorists say we haven’t ever? Do you think we will should have visited Mars by 2069? (Buzz Aldrin thinks we should!)


Can you be taught to be curious? Are some people just born more curious than others? *

*** This wonderful Larkin poem springs to mind


Strange to know nothing, never to be sure
Of what is true or right or real,
But forced to qualify or so I feel,
Or Well, it does seem so:
Someone must know.

Strange to be ignorant of the way things work:
Their skill at finding what they need,
Their sense of shape, and punctual spread of seed,
And willingness to change;
Yes, it is strange,

Even to wear such knowledge–for our flesh
Surrounds us with its own decisions–
and yet spend all our life on imprecisions,
That when we start to die
Have no idea why.”


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