Monthly Archives: December 2011


Quite a lot has happened in the Maison des Girrafes during 2011. Crox Minima started at high school, making her Dad proud, and Crox Minor was Bat-Mitzvah, bringing tears of joy to the eye of this atheist (Jewish Section); The … Continue reading

Posted in Domesticrox, Research, Science Is Vital, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments


This will probably be my last post for 2011, and if it is, or even if it isn’t, I offer you both the compliments of the season. I shall leave you with this picture taken earlier today at the pet … Continue reading

Posted in Silliness | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Support Student Volunteering Week 2012!

Volunteering is a big part of the student experience. When I was an undergraduate at Leeds University in the early 1980s I was part of a project that read texts and coursework onto tape for blind students. After a short … Continue reading

Posted in Domesticrox, Research, Science Is Vital | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The Real Meaning of Chanukah

Yesterday was the First Night of Chanukah; today is the Solstice; so here is an old essay of mine that comes out at this time of year as regularly as the Chanukah Bush is erected in the drawing room, baubles … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments


If you agree with me that the purpose of blogs – this one in particular, if not blogs in general – is to be gratuitously self-indulgent in public, then I trust you won’t object to what follows, which is a … Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged , , , , , , | 37 Comments


You probably have never heard of the Nook, the proprietary e-reader from Messrs. Barnes & Noble. Well, you have now, in which case, should you find yourself in possession of such a device, you will be delirious to learn that … Continue reading

Posted in Technicrox, Writing & Reading | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Festive Pig

Just a quick reminder to get your orders in for Defiant the Guinea Pig – Firefighter!, a mini-epic adventure written by me and Crox Minima. I’ve been selling this special boutique edition for a limited time only as a print-on-demand … Continue reading

Posted in Domesticrox, Writing & Reading | Tagged , | 15 Comments

Classic Rock For Dogs

One of my favourite books is Poetry for Cats – the Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse┬áby Henry Beard, a writer on National Lampoons (I believe) as well as the author of such titles as French for Cats and X-Treme … Continue reading

Posted in Domesticrox, Music, Silliness | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments


My apologies for being late to the party. I could plead that I missed the bus, thinking – mistakenly, as it turned out – that it went to the station, but I shall not plumb that particular chthonos. I shall … Continue reading

Posted in Writing & Reading | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments


While we’re on the subject of holiday reading, I am informed by one Ian Whates, scholar, gentleman, SF author and, notwithstanding inasmuch as which, publisher of the SF anthology Fables from the Fountain, that sales so far have raised a … Continue reading

Posted in Apparitions, Science Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments