Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist. He was born in 1849 and in 1904 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Pavlov was studying the digestive system in dogs when he noticed that his test subjects would salivate as soon as the research assistant who normally fed them entered the lab. In…Read more Pavlov’s Dog
Wood You Believe It?
It's hard to believe but the Crotchety Man blog is now 5 years old. This particular anniversary is usually celebrated with gifts made of wood. Something like this statue of Ian Anderson might be appropriate; it would certainly be a welcome addition to the Crotchety Art Display Shelves. But, first, let's take a quick look back…Read more Wood You Believe It?
50 years ago yesterday man first landed on the moon. It was about 9:20 pm by the clock in the Crotchety Family's apartment when Mission Control confirmed that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had landed safely on the lunar surface. We had already been watching live TV pictures for two or three hours and it…Read more Magnificent Desolation
On Friday Crotchety Man took his camera to the Crich Tramway Village in picturesque Derbyshire. He spent several hours the following day sifting through the photos, cropping them, straightening them and adjusting them for exposure and contrast. A selection was then published as an album on the photo hosting website, flickr. In doing so the photographer…Read more Manic Moonlight
A Clutch of Collectives
collective adjective Done by people acting as a group. "a collective protest" noun A cooperative enterprise. "the anarchist collective and bookshop" What's the collective noun for 'collective'? Wiktionary defines a 'catch' of 'collective nouns' but is silent on 'collective' itself. I need to know because this week I want to bring to your attention two…Read more A Clutch of Collectives
We entered the draughty hall in silence. "What do you think 'Diz?", I said to my companion. He looked up at the vaulted ceiling and gazed for a moment at the stained glass windows. He paced down the aisle and stepped up onto the stage. He clapped his hands, twice; the sound bounced back at…Read more Girdik
Off the Radar
Decisions, decisions ... What shall I choose for my Track of the Week? Well, there are several good candidates on my Release Radar today. How about Dança dos Miseráveis from the Marinheiro de Terra Firme album by Puppi, an Italian cellist based in Brazil? (The track starts at 22:54 in this YouTube video and you can ignore…Read more Off the Radar
A Christmas Playlist
As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year instead of a track of the week I've put together a Crotchety Christmas Playlist on Spotify. In the process I discovered several rather good Christmas albums. I recommend the playlist to accompany your festive turkey and afterwards I think you'll find these yuletide collections will go down…Read more A Christmas Playlist