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About cromercrox

Cromercrox is a recovering palaeontologist, author and editor who lists his recreations as writing, beachcombing, playing hard rock organ, supporting Norwich City FC and falling asleep.

Mosaic is the New Savanna

Time was when the model of human evolution went something like this: our ancestors essentially evolved to climb and live in trees, but with the general drying and cooling of the Earth’s climate over the past few million years, the … Continue reading

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Set somewhere in the north of England where ancient shadows hover just beyond glimpsing, teen novel Bone Jack by Sara Crowe shows that fiction for young readers needn’t stint on horror and darkness – and can cleave to much more … Continue reading

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Britain is presently swaddled under a thick cloud of pollution. This, we are told, has been caused by a mixture of regular industrial and motor exhaust, spiked with a lot of sand from the Sahara Desert. Yesterday Cromer laboured under … Continue reading

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You probably won’t believe this, it being 1 April and all, but I have literally just taken delivery of 250 live worms. Mrs Crox ordered them to replenish our wormery, which was looking a bit tired, many of its inhabitants … Continue reading

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The Maison Des Girrafes Caption Competition #16

I am sure Heidi (large dog) and Saffron (small dog) are saying something to each other, but I was out of earshot, and the noise of the surf was too great for me to hear it…

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The Cupcakes of Mitosis

Tomorrow, Crox Minor is having a bake sale in aid of her favourite charity Children of Peace. This afternoon she and Mrs Crox made loads of cupcakes … some of them on the theme of mitosis. Here are two cupcakes, … Continue reading

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When Crox Minor and I visited the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons recently, I bought a copy of The Knife Man, by Wendy Moore, a biography of John Hunter, whose collection forms the nucleus of this remarkable … Continue reading

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You know the feeling – no sooner have you graduated from some hallowed hall of learning or another than one’s alma mater sends you a begging letter. It’s rare for one to receive such a missive from an institution of … Continue reading

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On my thirtieth birthday I remember feeling that whatever else I might have achieved, I’d at least published my first book. More than twenty years later, it seems I might have produced something that people actually want to read. The Shameless Plug has made … Continue reading

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Ceci N’Est Pas Un Oeuf

I know Spring really is here when the Cromer Poultry Great War Re-Enactment Society lays the first egg of the year. This is it. As I don’t know which particular member of the CPGWRS laid this particular egg, I shall … Continue reading

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