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A WORD IN THE HAND: GRAVITY

In grim times it falls to itinerant oddities to buoy broken spirits

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

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A few years ago, a local student whose name I cannot remember (for which she is probably now grateful) told the world of social media (which, lest we forget, is not the same thing as the real world) that Isaac Newton was a colonialist and therefore his theory of gravity should be knocked down from the polished applewood pedestal on which it has idly rested its colonial laurels for centuries.

Last time I tripped over a cat – which was just this morning, if you must know – gravity was still firmly in place. If you don’t believe me, there is empirical evidence in the form of bruises on my knees.

But we should not make light of the gravity of this oft-repeated science-knocking situation. #FeesMustFall is a thing, and a valid one at that. #ScienceMustFall should never even approach the state of thingness. It should be denied an access card...

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