As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Each wife had seven sacks, Each sack had seven cats, Each cat had seven kits: Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were there going to St. Ives?¹ For 62 weeks during 1984 and 1985 songs by Nik Kershaw peppered the…Read more The Riddle
Here's a Track of the Week by Future Islands, a band whose music I've been meaning to explore for a while. It's called Cave and it comes from their latest album, The Far Field, which was released in April. The official YouTube clip for Cave shows a nearly monochrome video of a bearded, jacketed man signing…Read more Cave
There has been a sea-change in politics recently: Britain is leaving the EU, right-wing 'populist' parties have been gaining support across Europe and America has an inward-looking, protectionist president. All the economics experts said Britain will be worse off if it leaves the EU but the people feared immigrants were stealing their jobs and destroying the British…Read more Where’s the Revolution?
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. John Gray Sometimes it seems that men and women come from different planets. Men are tough and strong; women are comparatively fragile and weak, both physically and mentally. Men are insensitive; women are warm and caring. When they are angry men are physically aggressive whereas women are devious and…Read more ‘Cause I’m A Man
In my first chemistry practical at school we explored the difference between mixtures and compounds. Most metallic elements, we were told, have certain properties in common: they are hard and shiny; they conduct heat and electricity well; they ring when you strike them. Non-metals, like sulphur, are usually soft and powdery, are insulators and scrunch quietly if you…Read more Landscape