Reportage – Things look different depending on where you stand.

I wonder if Boris actually thinks things through or does he get all caught up in the heat of a “great idea” ?

The Guardian

‘Cold war mentality’: China warns US-UK-Australia submarine pact could ‘hurt their own interests’

Embassy in Washington calls Aukus ‘exclusionary’ bloc, as France voices anger at scrapping existing $90bn submarine deal with Australia

Le Figaro

Annulation du « contrat du siècle » : Jean-Yves Le Drian dénonce un « coup dans le dos » de l’Australie

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, comme sa collègue aux Armées Florence Parly, s’est ému de la décision de l’Australie d’annuler l’achat de douze sous-marins français.

Quelques heures après l’annulation brutale par l’Australie de l’achat de douze sous-marins français, le ministre des Affaires étrangères Jean-Yves Le Drian a dénoncé un « coup dans le dos ». « Nous avions établi avec l’Australie une relation de confiance et cette confiance est trahie », a-t-il asséné sur Franceinfo. « Je suis aujourd’hui très en colère. Ça ne se fait pas entre alliés ». Jean-Yves Le Drian s’est également emporté contre « le comportement américain », qui a noué avec l’Australie un partenariat stratégique pour la construction d’engins à propulsion nucléaire américains. « Cette décision unilatérale, brutale, imprévisible, ça ressemble beaucoup à ce que faisait Monsieur Trump », a regretté le ministre.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Atom-U-Boote für Australien: Neuer Pakt gegen China – Paris erbost

Mit einer neuen Sicherheitspartnerschaft für den indopazifischen Raum treten die Vereinigten Staaten, Großbritannien und Australien Chinas Machtausweitung in der Region noch stärker entgegen. Das Bündnis soll es unter anderem Australien ermöglichen, erstmals U-Boote mit Nuklearantrieb zu bauen. Der amerikanische Präsident Joe Biden, der britische Premier Boris Johnson und der australische Regierungschef Scott Morrison hatten den neuen Pakt mit der Bezeichnung „AUKUS“ am späten Mittwoch verkündet.


Global war of words over China: Furious France says it has been ‘stabbed in the back’ by UK-US defence pact to take on Beijing by building Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines – which will be BANNED from New Zealand

  • Unprecedented security partnership was announced by Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison
  • The agreement will see UK, US and Australia share nuclear technology secrets in tech battle with the Chinese
  • The pact means Australian navy will be equipped with nuclear-powered vessels made in the UK and the US
  • France was due to make Australia’s new subs – but claimed last night it had been ‘stabbed in the back’
  • New Zealand also isolated with Jacinda Ardern declaring the submarines will be banned from their waters

New York Post

Biden OKs nuke subs for Australia after snubs during Afghan pullout sparked concern

President Biden has agreed to help Australia build nuclear submarines and to launch a new three-country military initiative called AUKUS after Biden’s decision not to call Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the US pullout from Afghanistan sparked concern about the status of the longtime alliance.

Biden announced the actions in a virtual event Wednesday with Morrison and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“AUKUS will bring together our sailors, our scientists and our industries to maintain and expand our edge in military capabilities and critical technologies such as cyber and artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and undersea domains,” Biden said.

Biden didn’t mention the strategic threat of China, but said “the future of each of our nations — and indeed the world — depends on a free and open Indo-Pacific enduring and flourishing in the decades ahead.”

{ Interesting that Biden mentions quantum technologies … Australia are doing well in this area. China is ploughing ahead.

Are quantum technologies then becoming some kind of negotiating chip?}

Complex Patent Landscape

I have around 200 patents and patent applications in my “Q” folder. I have read all of them, some in skim mode and a lot in drill down to detail fashion.

This is a Microsoft one.

The patent landscape is complex and paves the way for future litigation.

This looks a little like a “submarine” application.
Another Microsoft one
This one is IBM.

I had an interview with Element Six ~ 2009-10. I had read their patent portfolio and told them that I thought there was a lot of mileage in the quantum applications of CVD diamond.

They would not let me see their growth facility, they said it was too risky to let somone “skilled in the art” see their kit.

Despite this I did not get the job…

Japanese Embassy – Patent – Dream 14-07-2021

Here is this morning’s dream.

In my hands I have a patent application on paper. I am walking through the corridors of the London office of the Intellectual Property Office. There are smartly dressed people everywhere. I enter a room where one can file patent applications by hand and on paper. There is a smartly dressed young woman sat behind a desk. I explain that I want to submit an application but because I am not a lawyer and am representing my own intellectual property nobody is taking me seriously. She asks a little of my background. She then writes on a piece of card a long code beginning with the letter K. She hands this to me and suggests that I go to the Whitehall office and hand them this code. This code means that they will take me more seriously. I thank her and leave her office. Once more I am walking down the corridor.

At the end of the corridor, I open a door, and this leads me into the reception area of the Japanese Embassy. There are several men and women on the welcome desk. They seem surprised to see me appearing in their foyer.  A man in his thirties in an old-style suit says hello and asks me to explain how I got there. I say that I was trying to file a patent application. He asks on what subjects. I say “quantum optics and entangled photon pairs” his ears prick up. He says that this is something we in Japan are very interested in. From beneath the counter, he pulls out an old-style document holder briefcase. He intimates that they would be helpful if my application was filed in Japan. Hinting that they would bear the costs of translating the application into Japanese. He wants me to hand him the application to put in the briefcase.

I briefly come to and make a mental note of the dream. I then drift back off.

In the dream I can now see a Japanese translation of my patent application. Each paragraph and each diagram have a very light violet coloured stamp of two kanji, two Japanese characters. The kanji are tiny but easily visible because they are glowing somewhat.

I awake thinking that is weird, because it all seemed so very realistic.

Quantum Confinement and Pandemic

Are you a particle trapped in a one-dimensional box?

If so, it could be argued that the metaphor of quantum confinement might very loosely apply. Only certain things are allowed. Your wavefunction is forbidden to propagate outside your walls {unless you have a very good reason} and you may have experienced rattling around inside your walls like a trapped tiger at a zoo. The pandemic has caused confinement, you are for the time being trapped and not a free particle.

This metaphor can be extended to people who live “one dimensional” lives.  Only certain things are allowed in that life, others are forbidden, we create our own mental walls and boundaries and are stuck oscillating therein. Say for example we are obsessed by the reductionist scientific paradigm, then anything which is outside of that paradigm is taboo, verboten. In a sense we have trapped ourselves in a paradigm and because the walls are so very high, we cannot tunnel out, there is no part of our wavefunction external to the paradigm. To be a practising shaman and a purveyor of quantum mechanics is inconceivable and therefore forbidden when trapped within the reductionist pseudo-logical paradigm.

In order to free ourselves we have to change the paradigm through which we observe and interpret the world and the manifested life within it.  It is from within the paradigm that we limit our beingness.

Are you a particle trapped in a one-dimensional box?

Quantum Optics Patent Fee Paid

Partly spurred on by yesterday’s “door” dream I have just been online at the Intellectual Property Office to request a substantive examination of my patent application and pay the £160 fee.

It might seem a little strange as juxtaposition to some of the other content on this blog.

It is a bit like buying a lottery ticket.

I can’t withdraw my request, so I just have to sit back and see what happens. It will make me smile if it gets granted. Some old geezer writing quantum optics patents in his shed in Brittany gets a patent granted at the UK patent office.

We have an attic which I could turn into a laser lab.

Yesterday afternoon was DIY mania, I am a bit of a flat pack diva. We were able to pick up our IKEA order at a local supermarket. There is just a tiny bit of flooring to do and the kitchen is finished bar some glossing.

Next step is taking off the door in the hall and removing 6mm off the bottom. Then it is back to flooring frenzy.

So, fingers crossed, let’s see what the dudes at Newport think…

“Enemy” Quotes

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

Dalai Lama


An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

Thomas Jefferson


The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.

Friedrich Nietzsche


If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela


The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu


Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.

Helen Keller


Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.

Frank Sinatra


It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

William Blake


One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

E.B. White


A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.



There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.



In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.

J.Paul Getty


One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy – whether he knows it or not.

Orlando A. Battista


No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

Francis of Assisi

Royalty, Taboo, Employability and The Infernal Woodshed

This week started off with an email from Times Higher suggesting that there are still some strong taboos amongst the thoroughly open minded, unbiased, totally non-judgemental and utterly inclusive “Academy”.

From Times Higher Education


Good morning,

Today we explore medical research into psychedelic drugs and the risks involved in researchers talking openly about using banned substances themselves in the name of furthering knowledge. Plus, we hear from English sector leaders who warn that new cuts to arts funding and courses in London will hurt universities and students. We also examine fresh evidence about the impact of doctoral study on mental well-being.


Research into the effects of illegal drugs, both in terms of more knowledge about their impacts and whether they can be of clinical use for physical and mental disorders, has often been controversial. However, it can be even more controversial when researchers themselves take such substances to further their understanding. With medical research into psychedelic drugs booming – such as clinical trials on the use of MDMA to treat post-traumatic stress disorder under way in the US and psilocybin-based drugs for depression under development in the UK – questions are again arising about researchers taking psychedelics, even if they firmly believe that it gives them a vital insight into how the substances affect the brain.

Hey man, I have had acid on a number of occasions {not a big fan} and was partial to magic mushrooms {big fan}, sometimes in very large quantities. See I have now gone and ruined my employability even further!! I could also do spliff-gate or cookie-gate and make public a list of anyone with whom I have partaken. You know who you are….

Do you ever get the impression that a whole bunch of people have their heads right up their hypocritical arses?

People can get sacked for blogs and for inappropriate pictures, the thought police are alive and well in the 21st century. It is my calculation that I am unemployable even though I possess knowledge and skills which might be useful. And now because of this blog I am even more unemployable.

Quel dommage.

Over the last few days, I / we have been struggling with an infernal puzzle made deep in the secret heart of the People’s Republic of China – A flat pack woodshed, 3 by 2 by 1.50 metres. It is now 99.5 % finished and there are only 11 screws left to fit. My body is aching like a trooper. Since we have been here, we have found out that the locals make bloody good concrete. I have gotten through umpteen masonry bits!! And now it is chainsaw time. Time to populate The Infernal Woodshed. Time to invest in a chainsaw.

Upstairs the mango homebrew “wine” is bubbling away nicely. The Apple and Cranberry can be racked soon. The wife is reading quietly in front of the fire.

Oh, and yeah, Kindle Direct tell me that I have an incoming royalty payment…thank you!!

The roast potatoes will need basting in a few minutes and then it will be time to put the lamb in the oven.

Maybe tonight we will continue on Netflix with Sense8, a drama about a group of young people linked telepathically. It is a good watch if mildly disorienting.