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The book may be 200 years old, but do you know who Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s great-great-grandson is?

On the 13th December in 1795 a meteorite crashed to Earth just outside the village of Wold Newton, in Yorkshire. It landed at about three in the afternoon, startling a number of people who were nearby. Although the meteorite is … Continue reading

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The right kind of people

Anyone hear Alison Wolf on “The Today Programme” this morning? In a report about a letter in The Times this morning Prof Wolf from King’s College (one of the signatories) argued that national pay settlements should be scrapped as you can pay … Continue reading

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Superman, Stravinski and Right-Wing Snobs

If you heard the Sunday morning Radio 4 news programme Broadcasting House this morning you will have heard a speaker from the right-wing think-tank The New Culture Forum come out with the following comment about the state of culture in … Continue reading

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You’re smart people, why drive like idiots?

See this? It’s a depiction of a roundabout. You go round it in a clockwise direction. It’s dangerous driving to go the other way around. I’m fed up watching out for cars going the wrong way around the roundabout in … Continue reading

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Spacemen & Dinosaurs found after 51 years!

I’m sure that it comes as no surprise to anyone, but I’m a long-time comic book fan. An agingfanboy, as it were. However, I can still remember the comic which started my lifelong interest. One day when I was seven … Continue reading

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In praise of sheer decency

I was up early on Saturday morning, and heard a lot of radio news, and then later I brought a copy of The Guardian. There are some stories which you just can’t make sense of. Why on earth would anyone … Continue reading

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Where is Wales on Wikipedia?

I’m hoping to walk up Garth Hill – I like the film “The Englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain” – and yes, I know it’s not true.  However, here’s a map from Wikipedia.  Can you … Continue reading

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The Pedantic Scientist asks if it’s the end of tennis?

I must admit to not being keen on tennis, although can admire the athleticism and dedication of the professionals. However, with the much-publicised match at Wimbledon poised at 59-59 this morning you have to ask – is this the beginning … Continue reading

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The Pedantic Scientist

Another excellent episode of Dr Who, this time sorting out relations with the Silurians, who are described as Homo reptilicus. Interesting name. Species are described in what’s known as binomial nomenclature, with the genus name first, and species name second. … Continue reading

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Vote!

I set myself up for this every time, but go and vote. All the arguments have been endlessly rehashed: all MPs are corrupt (no they’re not), your vote doesn’t count (yes it does), all parties are the same (no they’re … Continue reading

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