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Penguins in Lavender

Penguins in Lavender

This is a rather strange and sad story from London zoo – over the past sumer some 6 penguins have died of malaria. It’s strange because penguins are from a cold climate, and malaria is from the tropics. Or that is what I thought. But malaria is spread by mosquitoes who breed in swamps, and … Continue reading

What’s The Collective Noun For Bankers?

This is one of my favourite jokes, in part because it is so subtle. The answer is ‘a wunch’. Bankers have been getting some really bad press lately – and far enough toobut there is a false impression that their greedy unscrupulous behaviour is something new. Of course it is not. Here is another quote … Continue reading

More Gloom For The Wussies That Are Men

A while back I posted that men are not able to live as long as women, and there is now evidence why, and that nothing can be done to change that. Well, more bad news for future generations of men: there is now new research that can reduce or eliminate female linked inherited disease. It … Continue reading

And The Alternative is What?

And The Alternative is What?

I have just read an article about how people are spending millions on sports equipment and drinks to boost their performance, but that they do no such thing. Apparently there is ” a striking lack of evidence” to back up the many claims. This quote comes from the Oxford Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine. Am I … Continue reading

Update on Mr Bridges – London Sightings

Update on Mr Bridges – London Sightings

  The Town Council of Waltham Abbey has a problem.  It plans to put a Blue Plaque on the house in High Bridge Street where Henry Bridges lived in the early 18th century, but they do not know how to word it.  Bridges was a carpenter, but he was also an architect, civil engineer, entrepreneur, … Continue reading

Horsemen of The Apocalypse on The Rails

Horsemen of The Apocalypse on The Rails

The weather in the UK has become utterly ridiculous, with a month’s rain falling in hours, in between occasional outpourings of sunshine. Thank goodness we can blame foreigners for this – or at least a foreign source – the Spanish Plume. Warm air from the Spanish plateau travels north, and when it hits the cold … Continue reading

Well Done Water, By God!

Well Done Water, By God!

This is how the artist Richard Wilson (1714-82) commented on the Cascate delle Marmore, or Marmore falls that he painted whilst on the Grand Tour in the 18th century.Wilson is considered by many to be the finest painter Wales has produced, was one of the founders of the Royal Academy, and claimed to be the … Continue reading

Theo Jansen – Creations of the Future

Theo Jansen – Creations of the Future

Two years ago I went to Exeter to see an incredible exhibition at the Spacex gallery, by Theo Jansen, a man who combines engineering with art to produce some incredible shows. There was an old film of one of his earliest shows, in 1979 when he and some friends launched a 4 metre wide helium … Continue reading

Temperature Scales – Like Waiting or a Bus

Temperature Scales – Like Waiting or a Bus

For centuries humans tried to find ways of measuring temperature accurately and consistently, then as soon as one system was discovered, several others appeared immediately after. The first man to have his name associated with this measurement was Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, (1686-1736) of Danzig who failed to succeed as a merchant so turned to mechanics … Continue reading

Poetry, Science and Education

Poetry, Science and Education

One of the things I love about the 18th century history is that the population, especially the educated part of it, was so small, and most of them seem to have known each other. People with money tended to travel a lot, they socialised a lot, they had commercial and religious connections, and often married … Continue reading