Monthly Archives: October 2010

Rhythms of the Body: Prof Stafford Lightman at the Royal Institution

Well, it’s been a busy week. Wednesday saw me at the Royal Institution taking my 13-year-old daughter to a Maths Masterclass, where we learnt about vectors, followed by a wander through Green and St James Parks and then an hour … Continue reading

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String theory and the Multiverse : Brian Greene and A C Grayling exchange at the frontier

Thursday afternoon saw me (and my 16-year old son) at the Wellcome Collection in London for the recording of Exchanges at the Frontier. The series of talks is a partnership with the BBC World Service, and has A C Grayling … Continue reading

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Michael Moorcock’s Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles has come at last

The planet Venice is a world of canals, from space resembling a papal orb. She is being plundered by Captain Cornelius, ‘the Dutchman’, space pirate, wearing a brazen Pierrot mask he is known as ‘Ironface’ to his multifarious crew of … Continue reading

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Neutrino: is the sun still shining? – Frank Close at the Royal Institution

Frank Close is Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science, Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and … Continue reading

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Granite to Limestone to Chalk: Richard Graves’ Mickleton and William Morris at Broadway Tower

Sunday‘s industrial remains are left behind. Monday morning takes me from Dartmoor to Gloucestershire: from granite to limestone. Hidcote is a very attractive Arts & Crafts style garden, with honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings as a backdrop. It was designed in … Continue reading

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CBA Weekend: Cornish Mines and Engines, King Edward Mine and the Great Flat Lode

Yesterday was prehistoric, but Sunday in the Council for British Archaeology’s Cornwall weekend started with a series of presentations on the archaeology of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site at the National Trust’s Cornish Mines and … Continue reading

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CBA Weekend: Bodmin Moor: Craddock’s Moor, Stowe’s Pound, Hurlers …

Yesterday is here. Making a slight detour in the journey from my hotel in Newquay to Minions on Bodmin Moor, I drove through the China clay area, passing vast tips of clay waste and lakes filling the holes in the … Continue reading

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