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Sunday, July 13th, 2014


Today is the first day of autumn (fall)! Mellow fruitfulness has come again

I have been picking cherries, damsons and a few early plums for several weeks but this morning I came upon these. You probably all know that the largest, sweetest, and earliest blackberries are the ones at the tips of the bush so get out there, scrump a few apples, knock-up a crumble top and ENJOY!

or just eat ‘em fresh off the bush!

WISE . . .

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Women into Science and Engineering – a subject VERY close to my heart

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Census data via a graphic illustration

Friday, June 27th, 2014

I am grateful to Emerald Street, who got it from Stella Creasy MP, for the excellent Data graphic system from the census. Try it for yourself here or see the article at: http://www.emeraldstreet.com/home/article/4308/we-love-a-good-map

The system defaults to London but pop your own post code in and see what you can discover

Is this teacher a genius?

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

When the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. (more…)

“N’ere cast a clout….

Monday, April 7th, 2014

may_blossom… til May be out” says the old adage. Well if that is true then time to drop the winter draws and prance around in lacey undies, for even though ’tis only early April, as you can clearly see, at least down ‘ere in ‘eavenly ‘ampshire the May is out, and looking gorgeous this morning, despite the rain!

Walking for Health

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

1O Heathy Walks COMPLETED !!

1O Heathy Walks COMPLETED !!

I have recently joined the Portsmouth Council Healthy Walks programme and once a week, sometimes more often, I join a lively group for an hour or so wandering briskly around the city and its surroundings. Run by the Independent and Wellbeing Team at the City Council, led by an able lady known as Paula Day, These free, sociable, safe walks are individually led by trained volunteers. The walks themselves are suitable for all ages and abilities but tend to be mostly slightly older folks who regularly walk for exercise but see the group as friends and share many discussions whilst walking. (more…)

Ig Nobel Awards

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

People who know me well will be aware that several times a month, during term time, I aim to attend the Portsmouth University Public Lecture series. I don’t go to all of the seminars, but only those which appeal, but over the years I have learned much and been entertained royally at this collection of fine speakers discussing interesting concepts. However, only rarely have I had such an amusing evening. Fun with a hard science centre.

Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes was presented by improbale.com, represented tonight on stage by Marc Abraham, editor of the Ig Nobel Times and three prize winners: Alex Ford, Illya van Beest and Richard Stevens. (more…)

From Here to Eternity

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

I was very lucky today to be allowed to hear Professor Joseph Silk (currently Professor of Physics at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Homewood Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, formerly the Savilian Chair of Astronomy at the University of Oxford from 1999 to September 2011) expound upon the very latest findings in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology, literally straight hot off the press, since the latest findings from the South Pole observations were reported on the BBC only last week.

Astronomers peer back into the past with the world’s largest telescopes. They see billions of galaxies, and they find indications of evolution and youth. Before the first galaxies, there were the Dark Ages. And before then, the Big Bang. But there is much of the universe that astronomers cannot probe. Professor Silk describes the universe that we see, and speculate about the universe we cannot see. He describes the past, with some confidence, and will speculate about the future, as perceived by cosmologists, under the assumption that humanity survives to reap the potentially infinite rewards of what to all intents and purposes is an infinite, or at least an inconceivably large universe.


Fracking Shale Gas – What on earth is that all about?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

I was very privileged this morning to hear a very eminent authority speak upon this very emotive subject. On Day two of the sole British ‘Green’ MP, Caroline Lucas’ trial for her part in the ‘Battle of Balcombe’ last summer on public order offences relating to Quadrila’s exploratory well drilling for oil in Sussex, I was delighted to hear Professor Richard Selley, Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology at Imperial College London clarify the position. (more…)

Niaive or Govian ?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

I was cycling home this morning as the school children were setting off for our local secondary (High) school. It was raining and so cold that as well as my hi-vis (and very warm) jacket I had a wooley hat, my cycle helmet and gloves on.

Without exception every child I saw was wearing their smart new blazer, this former secondary modern school became an Academy last September, but not a winter coat or gloves were to be seen. Now it might just be fashion and not wanting to show weakness, but I saw boys and girls of every age from 11 to almost 17 and I wonder if there might be another, much more worrying problem going on here. Every family was forced, last summer, to buy a complete new school uniform with a very traditional grammar school look; blazer, skirt/trousers, black shoes, long white (or black) socks, blouse or shirt etc. Maybe, just maybe, in this not particularly wealthy neck of the woods where at least 1200 jobs have been lost in the last year alone, some parents, having had to fork out for the uniforms, simply could not afford thick winter coats this winter.

  1. Has Gove metamorphosed into Scrooge through his reforms?
  2. Does smartness now trump warmth?
  3. Are our kids actually safe in our current Con-Dem Government’s Education Reform world?

DISCUSS > > > (please)