It’s the end of the season, which means it’s time to clear the stock away.
A walk to work
At the moment I’m working with a client on the edge of Milton Keynes. For various reasons I had to take a train and having arrived at Bletchley (the most appropriate station for my journey) I had the choice of waiting for a taxi, taking 45 minutes to get to the office by bus or […]
The future of STEM is in good hands
A group of 17 year old schoolgirls decided they wanted to visit CERN. They’re hardcore science fans, the very people that the British Government wants to encourage to study and have careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Yet when they approached their school to seek assistance they were turned down. Arranging a visit to […]
A new disaster is brewing in Greece
The media is now reporting a conclusion to the Greek negotiations and that further bailout funds will be made available. In what seems like quite a climbdown the Greeks have agreed to a number of conditions, one of which is quite troubling. Within 48 hours of the agreement being made the Greek government must enact […]
Scintilla : an underplayed British sci-fi thriller
Just sat through Scintilla (aka The Hybrid) and what a strange film it is. If you could imagine a gritty reboot of Resident Evil this might be it. A team of mercenaries wander into a mysterious lab, hired by a company, etc, etc, etc. There’s the slightly unhinged leader, the Merc with a heart and a […]
The consequence of probabilities
Sometimes we all think the universe revolves around us. But what if it did? What if our existence determined whether the universe continues to exist? A moment before the alarm started John Stock was awake. He lay on his side looking at the large red numbers on the front of his radio alarm clock, […]
Hate it or love it: the point of the Star Trek reboot
The rebooted Star Trek films from JJ Abrams has created a bit of a schism in the Star Trek community. A bit like Marmite, it appears you either love ’em or hate ’em. If you’re a fan of “The Original Series” (or TOS as it has become known) then the chances are <a href=”http://whatculture.com/film/15-blunders-that-ruined-j-j-abrams-star-trek-and-destroyed-the-franchise.php” target=”_new”>you’re […]
Challenge accepted! (or how I came to write a piece of Sherlock Holmes Fan Fiction)
My daughter is a keen follower of Fan Fiction. She reads a lot of the genre and even writes her own stories, which are well received by fellow readers. We were discussing it one night when she set out a challenge: write my own piece of fan fiction. Accepting the challenge I started looking around […]
The adventure of the familiar house
A few days after “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” Dr James Watson finds himself once more in the village of Eyford. Unable to resolve some details of the adventure, he and his companion Sherlock Holmes are challenged by a mysterious stranger to unlock the secret buries in the ruins of the house. It’s a […]
Don’t be ashamed to admire the human form
The human body is a wonderful thing. Never be ashamed to admire it. Be honest while you do.
Does cutting the speed limit really reduce pollution?
I’ve been reading a couple of reports over the past few weeks suggesting cutting vehicle speeds from 30mph to 20mph will reduce pollution. Although going slower intuitively sounds better I am not convinced. Using my 1.2 litre Renault Clio I conducted a small experiment and monitored my engine during some runs at the current and […]
Is saving the polar bear the best way to save the planet?
As I understand it ice caps are not a permanent part of Earth’s ecosystem. They wax and wane, with the planet having had them for far less time than they haven’t and our current geological ice age lasting longer than most. It is inevitable that they will recede and sea levels will rise as the […]