Tom Scott-Redford

It Boldly Went

It’s out, and I loved it. Star Trek: Discovery is like no series of Star Trek that has come before, and (thankfully) unlike any of the recent films.

Some of the best Trek is the exploration of individual struggles, and the contrasting of perfect Federation values and the exaggerated imperfect ‘real world’, in the form of societies like the Klingon Empire or Cardassian Union. (more…)

“A fool and his head are soon parted”

The social media strategy is indeed drip-feeding information about the upcoming Star Trek tv-series. The latest video of the USS Discovery (NCC-1031) and the ‘leak’ of the early model captain’s chair give fascinatingly obtuse hints about the show.


I don’t really know what to do now. All of my plans for the future kind of depended on me having the status of ‘European Citizen’. But in around two years, I’ll lose that status. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m not convinced that my British citizenship will be enough. Unlike many of the people who voted for the UK to leave the EU, I use the rights that Europe has given me every single day; half of my family does. We’re spread out across Ireland, Belgium, Spain and Greece.

22 March 2016

I spent most of today in a sort of stupor, attempting to get on with my work, watching the death toll and number of injured rise, and letting friends and family know that I was alright. It is difficult to look beyond the immediate emergency, to see how Brussels might change.

Will it boldly go… or brashly follow?

So there’s a new Star Trek tv series in the pipeline. Fingers crossed it will provide me with a new mission once I’ve completed my own trek through every tv episode and film in the (almost) 50 year old franchise.

Logic dictates that the new series will exist in the Abrams-verse, so I guess there’ll be lens-flare, odd lighting and lots of action. But I think this might be forgetting what makes the best Star Trek great.

Mobility in Brussels is Bigger than the City Centre

Brussels unveiled the test phase of its new car-free centre at the weekend, with temporary barriers and new road markings almost springing up around the cars at noon on Sunday. As someone who moves around the city easily without a car, but who is regularly faced with the congestion, pollution and noise that cars inflict on the neighbourhoods they pass through, this should be a good thing.