A Guide To Trip-Hop Cuisine

If trip-hop is not one of your regular food adventures, you might give it a go. It’s a style of cooking that arose in the UK in the last decade of the 20th century. The most famous restaurants were around Bristol. But a warning. At it’s worst, trip-hop is electronic goulash laced with Valium. However, […]

Must Be The One Whose Magic Touch Can Change Your Mind

The Walrus and the Carpenter had eaten all the oysters. Alice is confident about which character she prefers. Or is she? “I like the Walrus best,” said Alice, “because you see he was a little sorry for the poor oysters.” “He ate more than the Carpenter, though,” said Tweedledee. “You see he held his handkerchief […]

My Antediluvian Baby, I Love You, Girl

It was a news item that only appealed to two groups of people. The prestigious journal Nature Geoscience reported on July 11 2011 that the sea floor in the North Atlantic seabed “temporarily” lifted above sea level 56 million years ago, before subsiding back into the ocean. Whose imagination was captured by this article? Geoscientists, naturally. And […]

It Seemed About A Hundred Years Ago

Barlo loved that smell. Feeckoh Plus Bowel Treatment, with “attenuated donor E.coli”. He sprinkled a bit more of the green powder on his insect muesli. “Oh My, Yipes” he said aloud, poured on the distilled water, and caught some of the Neuro-News as it came in. It was HIS moment. Just nineteen, he had finally […]

You Are Made Of Stardust

Jill Tarter has one of the best jobs in the world. She is an astronomer. Her niche area in astronomy? Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. You have to take note when she speaks. Why? Here is a partial list of her achievements: Project Director at SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) Fellow of the American Association for […]

Wish You Were Here

How many times have you said it? Or written it down? Or, more likely, just thought it? It’s about people, places, the past, and you. You remember that time you went up to SinCity or Brissie with your mates, it might have been ’92, or ’82 or (gulp) some indeterminant time in the mid-sixties. You […]

Listen To My Heart Go Bumpity-Bump

Does the word Mona make your heart go all a-flutter? There are 36 entries for Mona in Wiki. Which ones will get your pulse racing. Could it be Cercopithecus mona, the African long-tailed monkey? Doesn’t do it for me – nor, I’m guessing, for you. Or MV Mona, a Swedish vessel in service 1957-63? Not […]