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Now, bear with me, I shan’t be long. You see, the mispoche are coming round later and I’ll have to get started slow-cooking a large leg of lamb for our seder. I’ll be leading it, which means that I’ll be … Continue reading

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It might come as a surprise to you both that I have a page on Wikipedia. I didn’t create this page. Nobody told me it was being created, nor did they ask me for any input. They could have had … Continue reading

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Well, that’s over. What’s ‘that’, I hear you cry? Ah, well, ‘that’ was the referendum last week in which the voters in the U. of K. were invited to decide whether they’d like to elect members of parliament in the … Continue reading

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Were I to summarize the essence of my job at your favourite weekly professional science journal beginning with N in a single word, it would be ‘making decisions’. (Well, that’s two words, actually, but, hey, I’m a palaeontologist, so sue … Continue reading

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I’ve been meaning to write a short post about the importance of having a good mentor in your life, but as the man said, it takes longer to write something brief than an exegesis that is more, well, exegetic. So … Continue reading

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Words Like Bullets

‘Especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.’ What is one to make of … Continue reading

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Mental Gridlock

I am now so overwhelmed with things I have to do, things I’ve agreed to do, and things I’d rather like to do except that the prospect of actually doing them is terrifying, that I have become frozen into a … Continue reading

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Heidi and Me

I’m a fan of Now Appearing, the online scratching post of my friend Brian Clegg, from whom I’ve gleaned a lot of useful advice recently, such as the possibility that one can get Skype as an iPhone application, as well … Continue reading

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Ideas For Making My Fortune #15

I’ve just come across a perfect eco-replacement for plaster filler. It’s a mixture of equal parts hamster food, hamster bedding, hamster pee and hamster poo. When mixed together and allowed to set, it’s practically impossible to shift. I could market … Continue reading

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