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I’m professor of obstetrics and gynaecology in Nottingham, and an NHS consultant. I started this in 2011 to let off steam.

My old site www.igreens.org.uk was mainly about free-market environmentalism and canoeing. Ripe-tomato.org’s first two years have been mainly poetry, sex, and questionable science.

Poetry – Nothing original,  just comments on poems I like. I like Philip Larkin. e.g. here

Sex – No porn. Just the variety of human sexual behavior. e.g. here

Free-market environmentalism – the idea is that people look after stuff they own, better than stuff in common ownership. Private forests, fisheries and game parks do better than state-owned ones (e.g. here). The bigger idea is that we generally have too much government. Most problems would be improved if the state withdrew from an area, rather than imposing new interventionist solutions. e.g. here

Questionable science is sloppy, fraudulent, wasteful, self-serving or unethical research. There’s plenty of it. e.g. here

Currently (March 2013) I’m cross about people who encourage hormone replacement therapy after the menopause (e.g. here), most screening for common cancers (e.g. here), the shocking idea that we should encourage African mothers to circumcise their baby boys in the hope that one day it’ll prevent them getting infected with HIV. e.g. here, and the crazy EU directive compelling independent midwives to carry unaffordable malpractice insurance here.

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  1. david cotton permalink
    March 5, 2012 10:36 am

    Do you know if the igreens site is permanently down?

    • March 5, 2012 6:55 pm

      Oh dear! Assuming you mean http://www.igreens.org.uk, it was working fine a few days ago. But you’re right it seems to be down now. I’ll check with the host and hopefully get it back up. Thanks for letting me know. Jim Thornton

  2. March 6, 2012 8:10 am

    Sorted. I’m not sure what the problem was but it’s up again now. Let me know if you experience any more problems. Thanks again for the heads up. Jim

    • March 4, 2013 10:38 pm

      It appears to be down again

      • March 5, 2013 5:25 pm

        Arrrgh! I’ve forgotten to pay my bills! Thanks for letting me know. Hopefully get it sorted soon. Jim

      • March 6, 2013 11:04 pm

        sorted. it’s working now. thanks for letting me know. jim

  3. May 6, 2012 12:17 pm

    Thanks for stoping by my blog and liking one of the posts

  4. Ralph permalink
    December 4, 2013 7:33 am

    Jim, Interesting site, picked up your route down the Seven and wanted to check about the start point and access. Any comments
    Ralph

    • December 4, 2013 7:52 am

      Do you mean this? http://www.igreens.org.uk/canoe_touring_on_the_river_sever.htm All I know is on there. Have a great trip

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