Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Maison Des Girrafes Caption Competition #216

As ever, blah blah blah, notwithstanding Professor Trellis of North Wales, and so on and etcetera. In the town hall if wet. (Restrictions may apply). ‘The serpent having not turned up, Laocoon and his sons nodded off’

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Two From The Future

One of the best things about being the editor of the Futures science-fiction page in Nature is that I get to see a lot of stories from writers who are just starting out, or might even have never tried writing … Continue reading

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Closing-Time Rant

A great temptation of having a blog is to use it to air the kinds of ideas one used to propound in pubs, just before closing time. In the days, of course, when there were still proper pubs. And closing … Continue reading

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The Maison Des Girrafes Caption Competition #107

OOFTUGs award liberally for the best caption to this photograph, captured earlier today. As usual I have one to start you off. ‘England vs San Marino? Wake me up when something happens.’

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This post is by way of work-avoidance behaviour. That is, I have quite a few things I should be doing, but I’m avoiding them by displacement activities such as blogging, taking Crox Minor to her weekly crumhorn lesson, and sleeping. … Continue reading

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World Cup Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is a time waster pastime in which one is encouraged to invent teams and leagues comprising one’s own choice of teams, players and so on. I’m minded however, notwithstanding inasmuch as which, that the ‘fantasy’ element isn’t pushed … Continue reading

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Cromercrox in China: Many Banquets

Food. We all need it. It’s all made of basically the same stuff. But oh, in how many different ways can it be prepared. Speaking as a man for whom food is very important, it played a big part in … Continue reading

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Someone To Watch Over Me

Continuing, as I am, in my supine estate, I am receiving most excellent medical care. I believe that pets do have therapeutic value, and mine take their duties especially seriously. Here is a candid shot of a CAT scan of … Continue reading

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News from the Lumbar Region

Many years ago when the world was young (OK, it was 1985) I suffered a rock’n’roll injury. I was hefting an electric piano into the back of my car at the time. Tech heads may or may not be interested … Continue reading

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The Feline Adventures at the Maison Des Girrafes

I’m sad to report the recent demise of out cat Fred, who was not quite 14 when we had to have him put down. He’d lost a third of his body weight in two months, was doubly incontinent, had lost … Continue reading

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