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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Hats off to the BBC for its series The Story Of Science. I stumbled upon it tonight and ended up a happy licence fee payer. Tonight’s first episode, presented in a passionate and accessible way by Michael Mosley, looked at the history of our understanding of the physical machinations of the solar system and the […]

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I am indebted to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought Of That blog for posting a leaving speech from a guy I’d never heard of. Chris Pullman was “design visionary” at Boston based public broadcast service WGBH in Boston. This, Point 7, from his What I’ve Learned speech really resonated with me. Variety is the […]

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Going Dutch in social spaces

On my last trip to the Netherlands I took the train from Schipol into Amsterdam. If my kids had been there, they’d have been all excited about the double-decker train carriages. But what I like best about Dutch trains is the lack of gratuitous, pseudo-service announcements. The Dutch treat you as an adult and assume […]

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Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport greater xxxxxx area. Flight xxxxxx. Date xxxxxx. Priority mission top success to complete. Code name : Operation Havoc. Chuck Palahniuk is an extreme dude. Correction, I have no idea what kind of dude Chuck Palahniuk is. But he writes extreme […]

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Trepido, trepidas, trepidat. Trepidamus, trepidatis, trepidant. From the first declension Latin verb Trepidare. (To hurry with alarm, be in confusion, be agitated, be disturbed). All of the above currently apply to me. “Be disturbed” A good friend of mine recently paid a visit to the UK from his home in Canada. He came to Scotland […]

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Some people have bigger feet than others. Some people have higher IQ’s than others. Some people have exceptionally big feet. Some people benefit from extreme intelligence. Key word = exceptionally. Key word = extreme. In fact most people have feet that are slightly bigger or slightly smaller than the average foot size. Ditto for IQ. […]

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