Nix Panicus…

He fired almost before [McWho's] unconscious body hit the ground, yelling to Lavender, ‘Stay quite still.’ Of the two men at the console, the heavy technician at the radar screen moved first, snapping his head up and going for his own gun a split second before his partner. As Bond squeezed the trigger it crossed […]

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Leaving France…

The above neatly reflects my preparation for leaving France and heading back to Oxford. There is work to be done for Jesus Christ Superstar so I have to call my trip short – just as the weather has become unbelievably nice. No doubt I will get around to packing at some point. Apparently tonight’s blood moon is […]

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Scatological Diversity…

Here is a delightful take on the importance of diversity for the survival of an ecosystem. It is somewhat scatological but I have never avoided discussion of bodily functions when they are necessary.

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A Bloke In A Hat…

I expect you recognise the gentleman in the picture above. He designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Paddington Station and the SS Great Britain; the first all iron, propeller-driven steam ship. At the end of last month the results of a survey were published in which people from non-scientific backgrounds were asked to name famous scientists. […]

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How Science Works #2…

This is a repost from April 16th 2010 with some questions added at the end. The theory of evolution attempts to explain the many connections between all living things on Earth. The fossil record, evidence from genes, geographical distribution and laboratory experiment all point towards living things sharing a common ancestor from about 3.5 billion […]

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Digger…

Today I had a gate fitted to my orchard, replacing the scruffy bit of wire netting that had served as the only barrier between my property and the farm animals regularly herded down my road. I am sure my farming neighbours will be pleased. It has rained a lot in the Vendée over the last […]

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Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes…

This is a repost of two videos from April 2010 – the early days of the blog. I thought about it because of a question on a Winchester Election paper about strobe lighting. They are two quite long videos but I thought they were worth sharing, particularly for those who like optical illusions. They left me baffled but delighted. […]

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Foiled Again…

Aluminium is a typical metal in that it is… Shiny An excellent conductor of electricity An excellent conductor of heat Malleable (meaning it can be bent and shaped without snapping) Ductile (meaning it can be drawn out into wires and rolled into foil) In other ways it is not very typical. It has quite a […]

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Pressure…

I have never really written much about pressure on the blog. Perhaps it has always seemed a little dull but questions do come up about pressure so I ought to have a go. It ties in nicely with the posts about forces because pressure is force applied per square centimetre. At C.E. pressure will always […]

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Is Climate Change Our Fault…

I have had recent correspondence asking me my view on Climate Change. I wouldn’t give my opinion but asked the commenter to say what they thought or had heard. They replied in some detail – although I am assured that there is more to come. I have asked if I could address a couple of the points […]

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Twig Prep…

I have added a new online resource for you, called Twig Prep. It is a collection of videos and downloadable fact sheets/question sheets. You need to log in to use it. Your username is your surname and the password is the same one that I always use – email me if you have any doubts. […]

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Forces v Energy (Part II)…

The next thrilling installment in the ‘Forces v Energy’ series – who will win? Well, neither because they are totally different things so they cannot have any sort of competition or conflict. It would be like saying ‘Custard v Empathy’ – which will win?

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