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Therianthropic

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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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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Alumnicious

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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Marvelous Maths

I love maths. My adoration of maths has, however, been largely unrequited. Having long since abandoned my one-way devotion as hopeless, I have recently been forced into a number of startling episodes of nostalgia, now that Crox Minor (15) is … Continue reading

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Reflections On This Weekend’s Events

This Sunday last, I ‘outed’ a pseudonymous blogger known as Dr Isis. Given the consequences of that action, I should like to say a few things about the business that I hope will clarify matters. First, I want to apologise … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from the Maison des Girrafes

New Year Greetings from Heidi the dog; Saffron the dog; Elvis the cat; Ted the cat; Emma the cat; Naughtypants (Not His Real Name), the cat; Buttons the rabbit; Sid the corn snake; Yentl the python; Squirty Benson Wilberforce III, … Continue reading

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The Maison Des Girrafes Caption Competition #101

The best caption will receive plaudits, approbation of one’s peers, and so on and so forth in like fashion. Here’s one to start you off – “Oh, Spiderman – I never thought you’d be as furry as that. Or such … Continue reading

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Vienna

I’m just back from the annual meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE), which this year took place in Vienna. Regular readers with long memories might recall that I went to their meeting in Leipzig … Continue reading

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It Has Not Escaped Our Notice #7

This picture has been the subject of a number of eructations on social media recently. I felt it too good to pass up. I regret that I cannot find a credit for it (if anyone can find this out and … Continue reading

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The Sunday Sci-Fi

Every so often someone on this site or elsewhere asks for recommendations for good science fiction to read. I’ve read several wonderful SF books recently, so as a public service I’d like to recommend them here. I’ve based this post … Continue reading

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