Category Archives: Guest posts

Blogging; totally worth a go

This is my first post to Occam’s Irregulars and when I was planning out what I wanted to write, I though that I needed something that was going to have a splash and get plenty of clicks. But that sounded … Continue reading

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Some words when one is speechless

The current use of “no words” in its semaphoric online sense seems to date back to five or ten years ago. To you, there may seem to be a great difference between five and ten years ago. To me, two … Continue reading

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500 dead bumblebees – the chemical blitz of modern farming

Earlier this year, Sheila Horne was walking at Hacton Parkway, a public park and conservation area in Havering, East London. April is normally a good time to see insects in their prime so she was very surprised to find many … Continue reading

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Disturbing the natural order – the case of neonicotinoid insecticides and farmland birds

  One of my favourite nature writers is Mark Cocker who has the ability to capture a scene or an idea in a few hundred words. Despite his immense knowledge he never loses his sense of awe and with clever … Continue reading

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The Flying Squad*

An imposing, white-painted beehive stood in the middle of the room. Emblazoned across the front in large black letters was one word – POLICE. The police keep bees? But why? On a nearby wall was a screen showing a short … Continue reading

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Lock up your hydrangeas, drug thieves about!

Plants are rich and varied sources of chemicals that change brain function, so-called psychoactive chemicals. For example, the coca plant, a shrub indigenous to the foothills of the Andes, was used for thousands of years by the local people because … Continue reading

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A night at the opera – or how the myth of the love potion seduces both writers and scientists

The Glyndebourne Touring Opera visits Plymouth in the South West once a year and it’s a real treat to go to their productions. This year we went to see Donizetti’s frothy but very popular L’elisir d’amore. This was beautifully sung … Continue reading

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The bitter wind of Brussels sprouts

It’s that time again; that most controversial of vegetables is appearing in UK shops. I am referring of course to Brussels sprouts, feared and hated by some, lauded by others. Not only is it peak growth season for sprouts but, … Continue reading

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Old Nutt’s new fangled Ale

Deck the hall with boughs of holly Fa la la la la la la la la ‘Tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la la la la la Christmas may still be several weeks away but there’s … Continue reading

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Those poor beleaguered bees! Now they’re being confused by diesel fumes. Or are they?

Bees are having a hard time. Pathogens, insecticides and loss of habitat are all thought to be contributing to a decline in their numbers. Now a potential new threat has been added to the “perfect storm” threatening these insects. A group at … Continue reading

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