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March 8, 2017

Pod machine

A terrible thing has happened. OK, maybe on the grand scheme of things, it may not seem quite so terrible. The other day, as I was […]
March 3, 2017

What Book Day?

If you have kids, you’ll know that yesterday was World Book Day. Even if you don’t have kids, if you spend any time on Facebook or […]
February 24, 2017

Happy birthday Bertrand

There’s a common stereotype about the country of Belgium. For some reason, people seem to believe that there are no famous Belgians. It’s not quite an old […]
February 23, 2017

The Notoriety Machine

Back in the Middle Ages, inventors and alchemists tried to build machines that relied on perpetual motion.  The idea was that the machines would continue to […]
February 15, 2017

Decimal Day

Happy Decimal Day everyone! On February 15th 1971, the United Kingdom introduced decimal currency and said goodbye to pounds, shillings and pence. This video shows some […]
February 14, 2017

La la la

Driving along the south coast the other day I found myself on a flyover. Like half the world I’ve seen LaLaLand (I loved it). This flyover […]
February 3, 2017

Something about Something About Functions

I’ve long been a fan of the film Powers Of Ten, by Charles and Ray Eames. It’s rather wordy subtitle gives you a clue as to […]
February 2, 2017

Other things to talk about

Here’s a list of some other things to talk about if you feel (a) aghast at the prospect of talking about him again and (b) a […]
January 31, 2017

Inventing a word

One of the arbitrary ambitions I’ve set myself this year is to have a go at getting a new word into the dictionary. It’s quite a […]
January 27, 2017

Halloa old girl

A friend of mine on Facebook recently asked people for their favourite words. It’s always an interesting question, because there are different ways of thinking about […]