Category Archives: Illustrations by Andy

If you go down to the woods today, what surprises will you find? Extra points for detail, minus points for over reliance on the negative effects of climate change, etc

So, I’m kinda trapped in a trap here. Not the one you’ve intentionally laid for me with your tricksy point system, but a simple semantic pothole. Anything I can tell you about wouldn’t be a surprise. How could it? I’m … Continue reading

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The True Finns party doesn’t want to give financial support to Portugal in it’s current situation. They suggest that portugal should be removed temporarily from the euro, until Portugal “is back on it’s feet again”. Discuss.

So, technically, I don’t believe in bailing out banks, so I’m kinda conflicted by this one. But I definitely don’t think that those that have joined the Euro should be booted out of it, temporarily. The European Union, for all … Continue reading

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Why do some people prefer spoons, and others forks?

Stabbing and scooping each have their own merits. I guess some people have an increased affinity for one or the other, but I prefer to make the assessment on a case by case basis. The wateryer the foodstuff the likelihood … Continue reading

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What is the Big Society?

It’s hard to be certain. It appears to be a vaguely defined metaphor for some kind of hope in the darkness. An adaptable lie to give people an opportunity to justify the destruction of the public sector as a positive … Continue reading

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Are there situations in which violence is the only viable solution?

Yes, but they are much rarer than people think. And no matter how much it is one of those situations, I probably won’t be able to do it, sorry. I just don’t think I could ever feel comfortable with violent … Continue reading

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If you could invent an entirely new animal, what would it be? Latin name, eating habits, preferred habitat and mating call to be included please.

Even if you don’t believe in God*, it always seems a bit inappropriate to play God. Perhaps even more so. I’d worry about unsettling any ecosystem I wasn’t fundamentally familiar with. Which is probably all of them. If you were … Continue reading

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Chicken or Egg – and does it really matter?

As a vegetarian, I’d rather have an egg. But I try to not be too excessive with my consumption either way. Thanks for the offer though. There’s a relatively simple answer, that is probably the most accurate, and that’s that … Continue reading

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Alex, I’m happy for you and I’ma let you finish, but did Beyoncé have one of the best videos of all time?

First, I’d like to say thank you to Kanye, for asking questions this week, it must be hard being the world’s premier ego, a major recording artist and the head of digital media for the Oxford University Press. To do … Continue reading

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How long does a potato take to bake?

Depends how big your potato is. And how hot your oven is. For example, if you had a potato the size of a football, and you were baking it by leaving it out in the sun on a hot day, … Continue reading

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Why do we cry tears when we are upset? (alex note- in the sense that an expression of sadness is not enough)

I think it’s an internal thing, rather than an ‘expression’ per se. Although, I’m not sure if I’m just trying to conveniently define expression to make a point. Is expression about showing someone something, or about letting/getting something out? For … Continue reading

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