Back to Work

Since Christmas I have been living the life of both Bon Viveur and Blogger, with a level of commitment normally seen only in a Spaniel climbing into an open refrigerator.  But now there is a new and exciting role that demands an equal, but possibly more measured, commitment.  I have accepted a position as Business Analyst at the London head offices of Knight Frank, the global estate agent; but this does raise two important questions concerning skills and style, and I invite your comments and suggestions on my blog.

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Jumping Jellyfish

Actually, jumping is probably one of the few things that jellyfish don’t do in this presentation on biodiversity from Max Weston, age 9.

Science Fiction or Science Fact?

The first film came in 1951 and was called, “Superman and the Mole Men”; and it sounds like a terrible mis-match.  What special power might the Mole Men use against a man with limitless strength; x-ray vision (helpful underground); and an body impervious even to bullets? Might they employ their prodigious sense of smell or sharp little claws? Or did they perhaps have access to thermonuclear weapons? It mattered not, for they were not destined to clash head-on with the man in the red cape. Continue reading

Popular Science or Dumbing Down?

On 12 November Rosetta finished a 10 year, 6.4 million km journey and, hurtling through space at 55,000 kph, delivered a landing craft to the surface of a comet.  Big numbers.  But relevant? Continue reading

Defending The Faith

In light of the attack on staff at Charlie Hebdo I’ve been thinking about a clash between Religion and Freedom of Speech that started a century ago in the USA.  And ask what the assailants might have learned? Continue reading