Monthly Archives: July 2012


What is the difference between Left and Right? I have always had trouble with this. When I was small I learned the difference from a Natural History Museum guidebook which, on one page, had a picture of Tyrannosaurus rex on … Continue reading

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Forty years ago eleven athletes and officials were murdered at the Olympics in Munich. As the media frenzy around this year’s London games ramps up from Over-Excited to Orgasmic, you can bet that at tonight’s opening ceremony, there will not … Continue reading

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Thanks to a meme on Facebook (which I discovered courtesy of a Mr A. S. of London) I have discovered a Japanese word that could and should be appropriated into what King Alfred called Englisc. That word is tsundoku and … Continue reading

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Creationists – Serpents in Eden

I’m working my way through an edit of The Beowulf Effect, or whatever it’s going to be called, after it came back with a lot of helpful comments from referees (I know, I know, taste of my own medicine.) While … Continue reading

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Evolution In Pictures #7

Evolution – probably the most misunderstood, misused and abused word in science. Like all words, its meaning has been subject to change. The word didn’t mean the same thing to Darwin as it does to us today. And it certainly … Continue reading

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It Has Not Escaped Our Notice #3

I have been deluged with this photograph from my friend Professor Trellis of North Wales. ‘I’ve become deeply disturbed by the way non-Newtonian physics is permeating everyday life,’ [Professor Trellis writes] I purchased [the roasting tin] as a simple kitchen … Continue reading

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Black Night

I have just learned of the death today of Jonathan Douglas Lord, (1941-2012), founder member and original keyboard player with Deep Purple, and a considerable classical composer in his own right. He had been fighting a long battle against pancreatic … Continue reading

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Crox Minor and I are just back from geeking out at the the London Film and Comic Convention. As you can see it was very busy. Pic by Crox Minor entitled ‘Where’s Wally? Special Geek Edition’ There were lots of … Continue reading

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The Boson

(with apologies to Hilaire Belloc.) The Boson is so very small You cannot make it out at all, Though physicists have money on Its presence in the Tevatron. Notwithstanding the concern Of colleagues beavering at CERN All hoping that it … Continue reading

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It’s just occurred to me that I have the manuscripts of three different books at three different publishers, in three different genres, at once, all together, simultaneously, and at the same time. This has never happened before. The Beowulf Effect: … Continue reading

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