Author Archives: GJ

Casting clouts

“Ne’er cast a clout till May be out” is an old saying. It means “don’t let a warm day in May tempt you to put away your winter clothes”. But times have changed – or have they? Today, I cast … Continue reading

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Is anybody there?

Amid a swirl of acronyms, we learned about efforts to search for signs of life on the Red Planet. I thought I’d better warn it. We’ve sent orbiters and rovers, now we’re drilling into you;We’ve got WISDOM, Enfys, MOMA, EscaPADE … Continue reading

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Unwanted gifts?

Did the truelove of the writer of the eighteenth-century carol forget what he’d sent her the day before? The unfortunate recipient (whom I thought most likely female) received a total of 364 items over the pre-Christmas period. But, necessity being … Continue reading

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Grandispora cornuta – a lament

In ‘normal’ conditions, the tiny spore Grandispora cornuta (‘big spore with horns’) has a regular shape and a spiny outer coat. But when its DNA is exposed to UV-B radiation, its coat darkens and its spines become malformed. In such … Continue reading

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Big Garden Birdwatch

Each year in the UK, at the end of January, people are encouraged to record the maximum number of each breed of bird they see in their garden in a 1-hour period. It’s called the Big Garden Birdwatch, and the … Continue reading

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James Webb’s telescope

The universe has just got much, much larger… Continue reading

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Waving at trains

Why wave at an inanimate object? Continue reading

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Lefty

This fossil whelk is proud that it’s not the common sort… Continue reading

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Armour-plated algae

Algae in chalky coats! Continue reading

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Omicron

Would we be locked down agian at Christmas 2021? Continue reading

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Amy’s lament

A 3.2 km offshoot of the London Underground’s Northern Line from Battersea Power Station to Kennington was completed in September 2021, thanks to the round-the-clock efforts of two huge tunnel boring machines (TBMs). They were given the names Amy and … Continue reading

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Hever hands

A troubling sign… Continue reading

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In them thar hills

Don’t raise your hopes! Continue reading

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Grande Coupure

Survival of the fittest? Continue reading

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Are we nearly there yet?

Same question, different context. Continue reading

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Mighty oaks and mini-snowmen

Well, you never know . . . Continue reading

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Immortality

Advice on the subject for marine invertebrates. Continue reading

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Taking a stand against Covid

I thought someone ought to test these instructions . . . Continue reading

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Bramleys

Nature’s tasty bounty! Continue reading

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Aunt Alice (and others)

A few more like Aunt Alice . . . Continue reading

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Zoom

Getting to grips with the new technology Continue reading

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Lazy ladybirds

Ladybirds are hiding behind a popular delusion. Continue reading

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Now and then

The past is just a pile of old ‘now’s . . . Continue reading

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Blue sky thinking

An old saying raises some serious questions. Continue reading

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Ts and Cs

How advertisers delivering the boring bits without diluting their message. Continue reading

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After the war is over*

Shades of 1945? Continue reading

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COVID-19

The trouble with U . . . Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mark 2

A coronavirus special. Continue reading

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Dem bones, dem bones

It was news to me . . . Continue reading

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Another birthday . . .

I’ve learned to take more notice of them. Today is my birthday, a years-on-this-Earth day, Of which there’s been many before. A day to be treasured as life gets re-measured. Who knows if there’ll be many more? And the number? … Continue reading

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Bolt from the blue

What the finding of osbornite in the Isle of Skye reveals. Continue reading

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In a spin

4.6 billion years is a long time to be doing the same thing over and over again . . . Continue reading

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Pleamail

A response to cybersilence. Continue reading

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Putting a name to it

What’s in a name? Continue reading

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Phlogiston

How a mouse helped to solve a mystery Continue reading

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Stork tork

These are definitely not the sort that (allegedly) deliver babies. Continue reading

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Unsocial media

Accidents waiting to happen? Continue reading

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Seeking Santa

Not everyone has embraced modern technology . . . Continue reading

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Darwin’s worms

Thanks, Charles! Continue reading

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The ladder

Another cautionary tale of a lesson learned too late . . . Continue reading

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An M&S summer

You shouldn’t mess with this guy. Continue reading

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A lunar complaint

Someone is not celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earthmen landing on the Moon. Continue reading

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In solution

How to make salt disappear Continue reading

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On the fate of a Plate

It is no more, it is an ex-Plate. Continue reading

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What time is it?

Am I temporally indeterminate? Continue reading

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A pivotal goddess

Nowadays, we use oil or grease . . . Continue reading

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Nest box

If a horse led to water won’t drink, what will a bird do when shown a new nest box? Continue reading

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The pressure-pulse hypothesis

An ominously unfinished report from long ago. Continue reading

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The marvellous man-shed

Been there, done that . . . Continue reading

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Names

Naming something can give it a validity it might not deserve . . . Continue reading

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Rumbling

A new meaning of the word? Continue reading

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True blue?

Can this blue mineral really do what some claim? Continue reading

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Grockling

Too good a word to be left as a noun. Continue reading

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Subordinate clauses

A grandchild’s new weapon. Continue reading

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In my youth

I am, and I can prove it! Continue reading

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Child power

As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles well know, most children come with more energy than their bodies can hold. Here’s a possible solution: Whoever invented children (not yet identified)Made their bodies far too small for the energy inside.The surplus oozes … Continue reading

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Dear Father Christmas . . .

Isn’t it time to move on? Continue reading

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Part of Planet Six

A heroic self-sacrifice in 2017. Continue reading

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No fly-tipping

A public service thwarted by bureaucracy? Continue reading

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Motor ways

Something isn’t right . . . Continue reading

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Trevor

What a yawn! Continue reading

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Courgearrow

Overlooked and overgrown . . . Continue reading

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Edie Acaran

Your view of things depends on where you’re looking from. Continue reading

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Agates are like people

It’s what’s inside that counts . . . Continue reading

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Life according to Marks

An email from Marks & Spencer on 4 May 2017 said: “Life’s short. Let’s spend it well. Life’s too short for hesitations.” I wanted to argue; but they were right on one point . . . If life is so … Continue reading

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Hic, hic . . .

A cure? It was for me. Continue reading

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Give it time

It’s what life needs. Continue reading

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Mistletoe

What to do about it, or with it. Continue reading

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Percy Verance

He’s the chap to call on when things don’t go right first time. Continue reading

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Travelling light

How far to a star? Continue reading

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Probing Popo

In this case, the answer is not 42 but 46 . . . Continue reading

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Intelligent design?

Not in this case, anyway. Continue reading

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Sophie’s weigh

Dem bones, dem bones can tell you things, is there are enough of them! Continue reading

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Mending things

It’s tricky, these days! Continue reading

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I wouldn’t say no . . .

Some unexpected hazards of imprecise language! Continue reading

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Addressing a problem

Sometimes, the old ways are best! Continue reading

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Self-basting

It’s easy, really, but comes at a price. Continue reading

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When QUANTUM comes to call

Tell it to go away! Continue reading

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In the brickpits of Sussex and Surrey

Saved from the fiery furnace! Continue reading

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Gone missing

Just one of life’s many unsolved mysteries Continue reading

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Look up!

. . . and look out! Continue reading

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Assertions

There’s one that’s true. Continue reading

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On Swanage Pier

A leisurely place demands a leisurely pace. Continue reading

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Muddled millipede

Not as simple as left, right, left, right . . . Continue reading

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Silicates rule, OK?

It’s all in the mix . . . Continue reading

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June drop

Moral: never carry more than you can hold. Continue reading

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Dino dusters

A researcher at the Natural History Museum insisted that folk like him were not ‘just dinosaur dusters’. But dinosaurs do have to be dusted, and as I pondered over who did such important work, this possible answer wafted through the … Continue reading

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Granddad freezing

Read this advice before you try it at home . . . Continue reading

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Origins

Does a butterfly wonder where it came from? Continue reading

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The Mekon rides again!

Where’s Dan Dare when you need him? Continue reading

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Gone!

Whodunit? Obvious, isn’t it? Continue reading

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Harmony

Is that because nothing really changed? Continue reading

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There’s something wrong with my calendar

And I think I know who’s done it . . . Continue reading

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Gravity waves

I might have been famous . . . Continue reading

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Leap year

It’s something we’ve learned to live with. Continue reading

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Mary’s mistake

Oops! Continue reading

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I’m history, probably

But how can I know? Continue reading

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The snowman’s hat

There it was, gone! Continue reading

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HS2 – the groundwork

To get a safe, acceptable high-speed railway, you have to do a lot of preparation. Continue reading

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Tim’s tam-tam

Showing a feeling for the music . . . Continue reading

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